Rayne rallies past Crowley
SCOTT – For a team with only one practice under its belt as a unit, the Crowley Gents looked pretty impressive Monday.
The Crowley Gents, who got all of their players back once the football season ended last Friday, came out with a fury against rival Rayne in the opener of the 2010 Acadiana High Tournament.
The Gents led by as many as 20 in the first quarter and even took a 32-21 advantage into the half.
Unfortunately for the Gents, the Wolves matched their defensive intensity in the second half and rallied for an improbable 69-62 victory in the season opener for both teams.
“We really had a hot first quarter,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone. “But the bottom line is that Rayne came out in the second half and they just wanted it more than we did. It was just a matter of want. This loss was on us. When it came down to the end, it was just a lack of hustle.”
The Gents looked to have the game in hand early on, forcing numerous turnovers in the first two frames before Rayne turned the tables in the second half.
The Wolves started off the third quarter in a press and forced the Gents to turn the ball over on their first seven possessions of the half.
“After you say a few choice words (at the half), kind of put a little frustration in your face, the kids understand,” said RHS coach Louis Handy. “We finally came out in the second half and played like we should have in the first half.”
In all, Crowley turned the ball over 16 times in the third quarter, allowing Rayne to tie the game twice before the Gents took a 44-42 lead at the buzzer on a jumper from the wing by Dylan Montgomery.
“Rayne played a heck of a defense in the second half,” said Boone. “It was the tale of two teams from the first half to the second half. We just got rattled and they had us going around in circles.
“We opened the door for them and they took advantage.”
Rayne continued its rally in the fourth quarter, taking a 48-47 lead at the 6:04 mark.
From there, Darius Bonnom went on a tear, scoring 15 of his game-high 29 points in the final six minutes, including a thunderous dunk with under a minute to go, to put the game out of reach.
Ryan Larry also had seven of his 17 points in the final frame for the Wolves.
“Darius and Ryan are always key for us,” said Handy. “And Freddie Broussard (four points) has come into his own. I put him at the helm and he has done a good job. He created a lot of good things for us with his ball handling.”
Davante Bourque led the Gents with a team-high 10 points. Montgomery and Andre Mills followed with nine points each while Jessie Harmon had eight.
Also contributing for Crowley were Dorris Senegal with six points, Jerrell Andrus, Kaleb Cormier, Damon Malbrough and Tromone Davis with four points each and Tuskani Figaro with two.
“Our guys are a little rusty because they just came off of football, but that’s not an excuse,” said Boone. “We have to hustle and be aggressive and we kind of lacked that in the fourth quarter. That’s why we lost.
“It came down to who wanted it more and like I said, Rayne wanted it more.”
The Gents took on Lafayette High last night and will close out the tournament today when they take on Abbeville at 8 p.m.
Rayne played St. Martinville Tuesday in their tournament finale.