If South Lafourche had made its free throws in regulation, it wouldn’t have needed overtime.
But the Tarpons made the ones that mattered most on Friday night. In the process, they secured their fifth-straight win and a crucial district victory over a quality opponent.
South Lafourche defeated South Terrebonne 48-41 in overtime after the teams tied at 35 in regulation.
The Tarpons missed several shots at the charity stripe in regulation, but calmly sunk several straight in overtime to seal the win.
Coach Brian Callais said he was proud of his team’s defense on Friday — a suffocating effort that kept the explosive Gators out of rhythm throughout the game.
The Tarpons are now 10-12 on the season and 2-0 in district play.
“We competed. Our guys battled tonight,” Callais said after the win. “I thought we had a good defensive plan and the kids did a great job executing it. … We’re getting better. The kids are working hard and this was a big win for us.”
South Lafourche started the game looking like it would win in a runaway.
The Tarpons came out of the gate guns a-blazin’, roaring to a 14-2 start.
But the Gators battled back and went on a 14-0 run from the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter to take a lead in the second quarter.
But the Tarpons took back momentum before halftime, drawing a third foul on Gators’ standout RJ Cox, using that momentum to take a 19-16 halftime lead.
The second half was filled with drama.
Both teams made runs and there were several lead changes throughout the final 16 minutes.
South Terrebonne led 28-27 going to the fourth quarter, but the Tarpons were the team closest to a regulation victory.
South Lafourche led 34-32 late in the game and Sidney Bruce was at the line. He made one out of two to put the Tarpons up 35-32.
With a final possession, Christian Arceneaux shook free from the defense and sunk a 3-pointer — his only made shot of the game — to tie the game at 35.
The Tarpons had a chance to win in regulation, but missed a 3-pointer. The Gators had one last hope, but never could cleanly gather the ball for a shot, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra period, the Tarpons found another gear and caught fire.
With 3-pointers from Bruce, Isaac Callais and Ben Robichaux, the Tarpons grabbed control. With it, they never relinquished, making 7 of 8 at the stripe to earn the win.
Callais led the Tarpons with 15 points. Bruce had 13.
The Tarpons will next take on Morgan City on Tuesday. The Tigers beat the Tarpons earlier in the season at a tournament, but Callais said he believes his team has come a long way since then.
LADY TARPONS CRUISE PAST GATORS
It was pretty much over before it started on Friday night between the South Lafourche girls’ basketball team and South Terrebonne.
The Lady Tarpons stormed out of the gates on a huge run — a tidal wave that resulted in a 21-point lead after the first quarter.
The Lady Tarpons’ pace slowed a little after the early flurry, but the lead never shrunk in a 46-22 win.
Coach Rainie Terrebonne said she was proud of the way South Lafourche started while improving to 13-7 on the season and 3-1 in district.
“I thought we came out and played well,” Terrebonne said. “Our energy could have been better in the second quarter, but I thought we played really well at the beginning of the game to put us in front.”
It was all Lady Tarpons early.
Whether in half court or transition, South Lafourche dictated the game and had its way, roaring out to a big lead and never looking back.
Senior Makayla Bynum had 17 points in the win. Ava Pitre and Madison Ryan both added 8.
Brey’lynn Jackson had 4, but secured several rebounds in the win.
Evan Duet, Madelyn Bourgeois, Nalaysha Mack and Abbi Collins also scored in the win.
South Lafourche will take on Morgan City at home on Tuesday.
TARPONS JV BOYS SECURES WIN
It was a clean sweep for South Lafourche on Friday. The Tarpons’ junior varsity boys’ team secured a close, hard-fought win in the first game of the triple header.
Posted on Sat, January 25, 2020
by By CASEY GISCLAIR | GAZETTE STAFF