Ville Platte Bulldogs tame Tigers in playoffs by 67-62

By MIKE RIZZUTO

Sun Times Editor

The Ville Platte Bulldogs used a furious fourth quarter rally to unceremoniously eliminate the Lake Arthur Fighting Tigers from the La. State Class 2A Boys’ Basketball Playoffs by a final score of 67-62 this past Friday, February 27, 2009 in the Wilbert C. “Nooky” Moore Gymnasium in Lake Arthur.

The Tigers looked good early on, using their speed and quickness to penetrate the Bulldogs’ defense time after time for easy layups in the paint.

Ville Platte, meanwhile, couldn’t find the range on the offensive end, as shots clanged off the rim with relative regularity, as Lake Arthur grabbed a 13-8 lead after one quarter.

Darius Mitchell and Durrell Prudhomme led the Tigers with five and four points respectively in the opening stanza, but the lead could have been much larger had Lake Arthur converted on more easy layups off of their transition defense.

Ville Platte began to find the range somewhat more consistently in the second period, as they outscored the Tigers 17-16 to cut the home team’s lead to just 29-28 at the half.

Turnovers plagued Lake Arthur in the third stanza, as the Bulldogs turned up the defensive pressure and began to chase the Tigers all over the court with reckless abandon.

After the dust cleared, Ville Platte had inched closer to the higher-seeded Tigers, outscoring them 15-13 to close to just 42-40 entering the fourth and final frame.

Then, in the last eight minutes, the visiting Bulldogs began to find the range from behind the three-point line, popping in two bombs on consecutive trips down the court to tie the contest.

To make matters worse for Lake Arthur, Ville Platte also managed to come up with pivotal offensive rebounds in the paint, which allowed them to get multiple shots for easy layups close to the bucket.

The Bulldogs managed to push their lead to five points, as the Tigers took a time out to talk things over in hopes of pulling their act back together.

But the Tigers’ efforts proved unsuccessful, as their shooting suddenly went ice cold from the field and the free throw line, allowing the visitors to increase their lead to eight points in the waning minutes.

A late rally by the home team cut the lead to just five, but it would be too little, too late, as Ville Platte hung on for the upset and record a 67-62 bi-district victory.

Prudhomme led Lake Arthur in his last game with 21 points, while Mitchell tossed in 16. DeAngelo Thompson added seven, Brad Armentor hit for six, Colby Lavergne and Nick Klein each clicked for four, while Josh Turner and Jacob Martin contributed two points each for Lake Arthur.

With the loss, the Tigers concluded their season with a record of 18-9.

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