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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Tarpons roll in boys’ opener

Tarpons roll in boys’ opener

A dominant senior forward and a couple of little-known sophomores each helped play the role of hero for South Lafourche on Friday night against Morgan City – the district opening game for both teams.

The Tarpons and Tigers battled it out for 32 minutes – a game that never was lopsided with both teams trading leads throughout the second half.

Morgan City led by 1 going into the fourth quarter after the Tarpons led by four at halftime. But in that final frame, South Lafourche rallied, using a huge quarter from senior Trevor Rebstock (28 points total) and a pair of clutch 3-pointers from sophomore reserves Matt Bellanger and Luke Chiasson to score a 58-54 comeback win.

With the victory, the Tarpons are now 7-10 overall and 1-0 in district play. Morgan City dropped to 11-10 and 0-1.

“Our kids competed and played about as hard as they possibly could,” South Lafourche boys’ basketball coach Brian Callais said. “We had a lot of people step up and play big, and it was all-in-all, a good team effort and an all-around good win.”

Friday night’s game was a good one throughout.

The first half was slow-paced with the Tarpons’ motion offense aggravating an overly aggressive Tigers team that got shackled by foul trouble.

Morgan City led 10-9 after the first quarter, but South Lafourche feasted on the Tigers’ foul situation to storm out to a 20-16 halftime advantage.

The Tarpons expanded that lead to as many as seven points in the third quarter before the Tigers quickly took back control, using a brilliant spurt from junior standout Mayke Richard (20 points) to take a 33-32 lead through three.

Callais said Richard was troublesome to defend, but the coach credited Nikali Lombas, Jaydon Cheramie, Shak Dillon and others for keeping him in line as best as possible.

“He’s an outstanding high school basketball player,” Callais said of Richard. “It takes team defense to keep him out of a rhythm. We worked hard to keep him under control as best we could.”

In the fourth quarter, the teams traded blows with Richard and Rebstock each making bucket after bucket in a back and forth battle. But a combination of the Bellanger and Chiasson three-pointers, clutch free throws and defense helped the Tarpons land the final blow and the win.

South Lafourche returned to the floor on Monday night against Vandebilt with no score available at press-time.
The Tarpons travel to Ellender on Friday night.

The Lady Tarpons didn’t have much of a struggle on Friday night, scoring a 77-20 victory over Morgan City.
South Lafourche pressured the basketball and dominated the Lady Tigers from start-to-finish, owning a 45-7 lead at halftime and then a 59-7 edge through three quarters before pulling back and playing reserves in the final frame.

Brinkley Callais led South Lafourche with 16 points on Friday, but South Lafourche got balanced scoring throughout, also receiving 13 from Traya Bruce and 11 from both Caroline Guilbeau and Victorianna Nelson.

With the win, South Lafourche is 18-5 overall and 3-0 in district.

Like the boys, the South Lafourche ladies played Vandebilt on Monday and will travel to battle Ellender on Friday night in Houma.

Like South Lafourche, the Central Lafourche boys were forced to grind out a gutsy district win on Friday night.

The Trojans trumped Destrehan 72-60 – a win that moves the Trojans to 13-5 on the season and 2-1 in the brutally tough District 7-5A.

Central Lafourche boys’ basketball coach Mark Sanders said his team is progressively getting better, but must remain focused in a district that features nothing but powerhouses like H.L. Bourgeois, East St. John and Hahnville among others.

“It’s coming along,” Sanders said. “We’re playing better basketball and are doing OK. I think that we have high expectations, but that’s good. The kids know we’re capable of doing really good things.”

On Friday, the Trojans needed a solid effort to secure the win. Central Lafourche was bothered by the Wildcats defense early, leading just 13-12 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Trojans figured it out and surged forward to a 33-21 halftime advantage.

But in the final two quarters, Destrehan kept pushing, not allowing the Trojans to put the game on ice until the final minutes.

Central Lafourche led 51-40 after the third quarter and withstood an aggressive rally from the Wildcats to seal the win.

Lionel Batiste led the Trojans with 20 points. Quindon Charles and Logan Alleman added 15 and 12, respectively.

The Trojans have a two-game homestand this week. The team hosted Hahnville last night and will also host Terrebonne on Friday.

The rebuilding season for the Central Lafourche girls’ basketball team continued on Friday in a 71-21 loss at Destrehan.

The Lady Trojans couldn’t muster anything against the Wildcats’ pressure defense, falling behind 20-0 after the first quarter and then 37-11 at halftime.

Things didn’t change much in the second half with the Wildcats going up by more than 40 in the third quarter and then never looking back in the final eight minutes.

All-Everything Destrehan standout Cara Ursin led all scorers in the game with 20 points. Ursin is being heavily recruited by colleges across the country.

The Trojans were led by Destiny Cangelosi, who had 8.

Central Lafourche is now 1-20 on the season. The Lady Trojans will also take on Terrebonne on Friday.