Iota, Midland pick up victories

IOTA – Any thoughts of South Cameron pulling off an upset of Iota Thursday were put to rest early.
Iota (8-7) went on a 17-1 run in the first quarter and cruised to a 65-26 victory over the Tarpons on the Bulldogs’ home court.
“They played a zone (defense) on us and we were able to knock down some shots,” said Iota coach Stacy Bertrand, who drained 11 3-pointers on the night. “Garrett Reppond had some good looks and Tristan Fontenot had been struggling but he knocked down some shots tonight.”
Reppond and Fontenot didn’t struggle much Thursday. The duo knocked down three 3-pointers each and both players finished the night with 11 points.
The Dogs scored just nine points in the second quarter but got back on track in the third frame with 19 points to take a commanding 45-17 lead.
Deandre Curtis poured in all eight of his points in the fourth quarter during a 20-9 run to close out the game.
Kyle Smith followed with six points, Steven Cooper, Curtis Antoine and Bray Latiolais each added five, Luke Reed had four, Kade Hebert pitched in three, Chase Doucet, Landon LeJeune and Morghan Jabusch each had two and Zack Hebert finished with one.
Iota will be in action again on Dec. 30 when they travel to Basile for a 6 p.m. contest.
LAKE CHARLES – The Midland Rebels rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and slipped away with a 66-64 victory over Class 3A Westlake in the opening round of the Barbe Holiday Hoops Tournament.
Westlake took a 51-44 advantage at the end of the third quarter and hit a quick basket early in the fourth to take a nine-point cushion.
The Rebels, however, battled back throughout the final eight minutes and took the lead twice before Westlake regained the lead at 64-61 late in the game.
Jake Gautreaux tied the game (64-64) with a 3-pointer down the stretch and then Traven Guidry came up with a big steal just before the end of regulation and had an assist to Gautreaux for the game-winning basket.
Randy Guidry played a huge role in the rally by scoring 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. Gautreaux, who scored 17 on the night, had seven points in the final frame.
Darren Arceneaux had another big game for the Rebels and produced yet another double-double with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists, two blocked shots and one steal.
Nick Primeaux pitched in nine points, Devin Gautreaux added six and Guidry rounded out the scoring with two.

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