Warriors, Rebels cruise to first-round victories
Northside Christian’s Bradley Ancelet pulls up for a shot over a defender during the Warriors’ 62-37 Class C bidistrict playoff victory over Grand Isle Friday Ancelet scored 16 points in the contest.
CROWLEY - If Northside Christian coach Glenn Daigle had any concerns about how his Warriors would respond Friday after a two-week layoff - and he did - they were put to rest early.
The No. 7-seeded Warriors raced out to a 13-0 lead in the opening minutes of their Class C playoff game against Grand Isle and went on to a 62-37 romping of the Trojans.
The Warriors (25-11) will play now host to No. 10 Reeves Tuesday in a regional contest at 7 p.m. Reeves knocked off No. 23 Epps Friday, 65-46.
“We were able to get out to a quick start and that was big,” said Daigle. “I was really worried about how we would come out, but we came out ready to play tonight.”
The Warriors got a pair of 3-pointers from Bradley Ancelet and four points each from Ty Wilson and Tracy Wilridge in the first quarter.
Grand Isle, on the other hand, struggled offensively and hit just one shot from the floor, a 3-pointer, in the opening frame.
Things didn’t get much better for the Trojans in the second half. They managed to score eight points, but the Warriors had their highest offensive production of the night in the quarter with 19 points.
Wilson got hot in the second quarter and buried three 3-pointers to lead the charge that gave the Warriors a 36-11 cushion at the break.
“In the first half, we were able to run our offense and a lot of people got involved,” said Daigle. “And our defense was excellent; we played spectacular defensively.”
Ancelet poured in six more points in the third quarter and Wilson pitched in four to help extend the lead to 50-20 despite a number of Northside reserves seeing action.
The Trojans made a push in the final frame and outscored the Warriors 17-12 over the final eight minutes.
“I think we kind of looked at the scoreboard a little there in the second half and we kind of let up,” said Daigle. “They (Grand Isle) made a little run, but we were able to fight it off.
“Like I said, it was a great game coming off the layoff that we had. Our conditioning was excellent and it showed.”
The Warriors had three players score in double figures on the night. Wilson and Ancelet led the way with 17 and 16 points, respectively while Nicholas Zaunbrecher had 10, six in the fourth quarter. Wilridge followed with eight points, Joseph Trahan scored seven and Dylan King finished with four.
Midland blasts Evans
MIDLAND –The Midland Rebels made short work of No. 31 Evans Friday in a Class B bi-district playoff game at the Rebels’ home gym.
The Rebels (24-3) stifled the Eagles with their defense and allowed just three points in the first half before coasting to a 77-21 victory.
Evans scored its only points of the first half in the opening frame and were outscored 17-3.
The Rebels followed up with a 22-0 run in the second quarter to take a 37-3 cushion into the half.
The Rebels didn’t let off the gas much in the third quarter either. They put up 26 points in the frame to increase their lead to 63-10.
Evans had its highest offensive production in the fourth quarter, but were still outscored by the Rebels’ reserves, 14-11.
The Rebels had 10 players score in the victory.
Senior guard Jake Gautreaux and senior forward Darren Arceneaux paced the Rebels with 20 and 15 points, respectively. Traven Guidry and Devin Gautreaux each pitched in nine points; Nick Primeaux and Randy Primeaux each added six; Dagan Patin had four; Floyd Baker and Dylan Boudreaux each had three and Dylan Cormier rounded out the offensive barrage with two.
The Rebels will now play host to District 7-B foe Bell City on Tuesday in a regional playoff contest. The Bruins defeated Dodson, 77-50, in their bidistrict contest.