Tigers scalp Indians 66-61 in non-district basketball action

By Mike Rizzuto

Sun Times Editor

It started as a competitive game, progressed to a blowout, and wound up being a little too close for comfort, thanks to some shoddy play by the second unit down the stretch.

But the Lake Arthur High School Fighting Tiger basketball team managed to get what it wanted--a win--with a 66-61 non-district decision over the Elton High School Indians on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 in the Wilbert C. “Nooky” Moore Gymnasium in Lake Arthur.

Lake Arthur jumped out of the gates early, grabbing a 10-4 lead midway through the first period, thanks to a pressing, full court defense and good team shooting and ball movement on the offensive end.

But Elton scrambled back in the final two minutes of the stanza, cutting the lead to 16-14 with a couple of offensive putbacks and good free throw shooting.

The Tigers would turn up the pressure in the second quarter, as forward Durrell Prudhomme, forward Nick Klein, and guard Darius Mitchell began to find the range and lead their team on a 19-11 run to grab a commanding 35-25 lead at the half.

The third quarter was much the same as the second, as the Tigers continually used their defense to get several transition buckets and pull further away.

When the eight minutes were completed, the home team finished a 17-13 run to grab a 52-38 lead entering the fourth and final period.

That lead would stretch to 17 points early in the final stanza, allowing Tiger head coach Roderick Williams to substitute liberally at the six minute mark.

But Elton stormed back, cutting the lead to just five points with under a minute to play, as the Tiger starters stormed back onto the court to restore order and preserve a 66-61 win.

Prudhomme led the Tigers with 24 points, while teammates Mitchell and Klein notched 15 and 11 respectively.

DeAngelo Thompson added eight points, as well, for Lake Arthur, while Aulden Robinson tallied four and Josh Turner, two.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 6-2 on the season, while Elton fell to 4-3 with the defeat.

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