Midland cruises past Bell City in regional tilt
Midland’s Randy Primeaux goes up for a layup Tuesday during the Rebels’ 67-35 Class B regional playoff victory over Bell City. Primeaux scored 18 points and had eight assists, four rebounds and three steals in the victory.
MIDLAND – Early foul trouble was a problem for the Midland Rebels early in Tuesday’s Class B regional playoff matchup with District 7-B rival Bell City.
With two starters (Darren Arceneaux and Nick Primeaux) and a key reserve (Traven Guidry) seeing limited time in the first half, Bell City was able to hang around and cut what was once a 15-point lead to seven early in the third quarter.
From there, however, it was all Midland.
The Rebels regrouped and went on a 37-12 run in the final 15 minutes of the game to walk away with a convincing 67-35 victory over the Bruins.
The victory sends the No. 2-seeded Rebels into the quarterfinal round where they will play host to No. 7 Zwolle Friday at 6:30 p.m.
“We were in foul trouble early so we never really could just cut loose and play; it changed the tempo that we could play,” said MHS coach Todd Briley, whose team improved to 26-3 with the victory. “We never trapped in the full court because we had some guys in foul trouble and we didn’t want to gamble. If we would have got a few more fouls, then we would have really been in trouble.”
The Rebels led by as many as 17 in the second quarter (27-10) before the Bruins cut the lead to 11 (30-19) at the break.
Zach Miller started the third quarter with a layup and then Trevor Lavergne got a bucket off a steal to get the Bruins within seven (30-23) with just over seven minutes to go in the frame.
“We started out the third quarter terribly,” said Briley. “We give up a layup, turn the ball over and then gave up another layup in transition. It wasn’t a real good start at all.”
Fortunately, the final seven minutes of the quarter was much better than the first minute.
Randy Primeaux took over and drove the lane for three layups; Jake Gautreaux drained a 3-pointer from the wing and Darren Arceneaux hit a jumper in the paint to lead the Rebels on a 13-3 run to end the quarter.
“Randy has a knack for getting in the lane and making things happen and he played well tonight,” said Briley of Primeaux, who finished the night with a game-high 18 points. “He was fearless tonight and I’m glad he played so well because we kind of struggled in other areas.”
Arceneaux, who played just over four minutes in the entire first half due to foul trouble, took over in the fourth quarter. The senior forward drained a 3-pointer to start the frame and added two more buckets in the lane to spark a 24-point outburst.
“Doobie is a guy who plays most of the game for us, so having him on the bench for most of the first half was big,” said Briley. “He just bothers those guys; he just hangs around the goal and is able to alter shots. He also did a pretty good job of going get rebounds tonight.”
Arceneaux finished with 11 points and eight rebounds despite just playing some 20 minutes.
Devin Gautreaux and Jake Gautreaux combined for 11 points in the fourth quarter and each finished with 14 points on the night. Devin also had five assists and three steals.
Primeaux also had eight assists, four rebounds and three steals to go along with his 18 points. Guidry added six points while Taatum Rubin and Dylan Boudreaux each had two.
The lone downfall for the Rebels, excluding the fouls, was that they committed 17 turnovers on the night.
“A lot of our turnovers were unforced and we can’t have that,” said Briley. “But they (Bell City) had a lot to do with that. You have to give them credit; they made things hard on us. They know some things that give us problems and they exploit that. There’s a reason we kind of struggled and it’s because they knew what they wanted to do and they made us earn it; they didn’t just come lay down for us.”