Midland Rebels top Bell City for District 7-B crown
Mdiland’s Devin Gautreaux goes up for a shot during the Rebels’ 57-37 victory over Bell City Tuesday evening Gautreaux scored 17 points in the victory. (Photo by J.C. Webb)
BELL CITY – The Bell City Bruins had their chances, but every time they got within striking distance, Midland guards Jake and Devin Gautreaux had an answer.
The guard duo combined for nine 3-pointers and 40 points overall in leading Midland to a 57-37 victory over the Bruins and helping the Rebels earn a six-straight District 7-B championship.
“Jake and Devin really shot the ball well tonight,” said MHS coach Todd Briley, whose team improved to 23-3 overall and finished 7-1 in league play. “If they would have not shot as well as they did, we would have had a hard time winning tonight. But they stroked the ball good tonight.”
The Rebels took control of the game from the opening minutes when they raced out to a 17-2 lead behind nine points from Jake Gautreaux and seven from Devin.
But foul trouble sidelined Jake in the second quarter and the Bruins were able to outscore the Rebels 14-10 to cut the lead to 27-16 at the break.
“We came out and played real well in the first quarter and then we got in foul trouble and kind of lost our intensity,” said Briley. “We just weren’t guarding as well in the second quarter and they were able to kind of climb back in it.”
The Bruins chipped away at the lead and got within seven (35-28) midway through the third quarter before Jake Gautreaux canned back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the cushion.
Darren Arceneaux connected on a pair of free throws at the end of the frame to give the Rebels a 43-30 cushion and the Rebels maintained their double digit lead throughout the fourth quarter before pulling away in the final minutes by going on a 9-0 run to close out the game.
The Bruins went scoreless over the final 6 1/2 minutes.
“The momentum started to shift and it could have got out of hand, but I thought we did a good job of maintaining control of the game in the second half,” said Briley. “We handled the ball well and we were able to kill a little bit of the clock.”
Jake Gautreaux was 6-for-10 from beyond the arch and finished the night with a game-high 23 points, while Devin Gautreaux was 3-for-4 from 3-point range and finished with 17 points. He also had six rebounds.
Darren Arceneaux posted seven points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks; Nick Primeaux and Randy Primeaux each scored five points and Traven Guidry had one.
Guidry filled in for Jake Gautreaux when he committed his third foul in the second quarter and Dylan Boudreaux split time with Devin Gautreaux, who was also in foul trouble.
“Traven came in and gave us some good minutes early on and Boudreaux came in late and gave us some good minutes handling the ball,” said Briley.
The Rebels will now have just over two weeks to prepare for the playoffs which begin on Feb. 28.
“We’re going to take a couple days off, get some rest and then come back and get ready to do something in the playoffs,” said Briley.
Lady Rebels cruise past Bell City
The Midland Lady Rebels wrapped up second place in District 7-B Tuesday with a 52-28 victory over the Bell City Lady Bruins.
Brooke Comeaux sparked a 15-3 run in the first quarter with a pair of 3-pointers before Katie Woods came off the bench and buried three 3-pointers to extend the Lady Rebels’ lead to 32-14 at the break.
The Lady Rebels went on to outscore the Lady Bruins 20-14 in the second half.
Woods led the Lady Rebels with 13 points and Maci Hoffpauir finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Bethany LeJeune followed with nine points; Comeaux and Kristen Breaux added six points each; Troi Craigen scored three and Elizabeth Istre and Nicole Kraut each finished with two.
The Lady Rebels will find out their postseason fate when the 2014 girls’ playoff brackets are released Monday afternoon.