The Central Lafourche boys’ basketball team’s first district game was a thriller – an intense, back and forth game that went down to the wire.
In the end, it was a heartbreaker for the Trojans who rallied from a large deficit, but then fell in overtime to H.L. Bourgeois.
Friday’s game was an early nominee for game of the season – a game played before a jam-packed crowd in Mathews. H.L. Bourgeois led at halftime and was up by eight in the fourth quarter before the Trojans stormed back and forced overtime.
Once there, H.L. Bourgeois showed championship moxie and took back control, beating Central 71-64.
The loss drops Central Lafourche to 0-1 in district play and 11-5 on the season. Trojans coach Mark Sanders said the loss stings, but added that his team has the chemistry to rebound.
“We just didn’t do enough,” Sanders said. “We battled, but we didn’t execute well enough. Bourgeois is a good club. We were prepared and ready. They just did more than we did.”
But not by much. Bourgeois came storming out of the gates early, using a late-minute run to earn a 20-13 lead after the first quarter.
But Central Lafourche battled back, cutting the lead to just two at halftime – a 29-27 hole.
In the third quarter, the Braves took control again, using balanced scoring and efficient offense to storm in front 38-29 in the third quarter and then later 52-44 in the fourth.
But the Trojans rallied again, taking a 56-55 lead at one point and even appearing to win the game in regulation when Anfernee Poindexter made a layup and was fouled with 7 seconds left to tie the game at 60. But he missed the go-ahead free-throw, which sent the game to overtime. Once there, the Braves overwhelmed the Trojans offensively, running the game to its final tally. The Braves made six free throws in the overtime, while holding the Trojans to just four total points in the extra minutes.
“We played well,” H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said. “We expect to compete at a high level in environments like this and against opponents like this and our kids played a great game. We’re happy with the win and with our start to district.”
Lionel Batiste led the Trojans with 21 points in the loss.
Central Lafourche took the floor last night against Thibodaux with no score available at press-time. They’ll travel to take on Destrehan on Friday night.
Lady Trojans falter
The 2015-16 season has not been kind to the Central Lafourche girls’ basketball team, which has struggled mightily to find footing in District 7-5A.
The Lady Trojans are 1-19 on the season, while struggling to compete in the brutally tough league, which features powers like East St. John, Thibodaux and Destrehan.
The Lady Trojans fell 48-25 to H.L. Bourgeois on Friday – a game that the Lady Braves controlled from the onset.
Destiny Shelby scored 28 points to lead H.L. Bourgeois, which led 20-10 at halftime before blowing open a 40-14 lead after the third quarter.
Like the men, the Central Lafourche played Thibodaux last night and will battle Destrehan on Friday.
Lady Tarpons on a roll
The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team is off to a strong start in district play. The Lady Tarpons welcomed themselves to District 7-4A in style, routing Assumption 61-37 on Friday night – the team’s inaugural game in its new district.
South Lafourche pressed the Lady Mustangs to no end, generating steals and easy transition offense to control the game from the opening tip.
The Lady Tarpons are one of the top teams in Class 4A, owning a 16-5 record and a 1-0 mark in district.
“We love our defense,” South Lafourche girl’s basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne said earlier in the season.
“We love to use that to spark our energy. When we’re at our best, that’s the way that we’re playing – fast and with a very high pressure defense.”
The Lady Mustangs saw that the hard way. South Lafourche led by 14 after the first quarter in a game that never was close. Balanced scoring was the order of the day for the Lady Tarpons, who led 42-16 at halftime and were paced by senior Caroline Guilbeau’s 12 points.
The Lady Tarpons returned to the floor last night against South Terrebonne with no score available at press-time. South Lafourche will host Morgan City on Friday night.
Tarpons boys waiting to get rolling
The South Lafourche boys’ basketball team hasn’t had as easy of a run in 2015-16. The Tarpons started the season 3-2, but have since lost 8 of their past 10 games to drop to 5-10 on the season.
South Lafourche has played tough and hung with several tough foes throughout the season, but have not been able to consistently post four quarters of solid offense and defense.
In the team’s latest game, South Lafourche squandered an early lead and fell 45-34 to St. Amant.
The Tarpons are senior-heavy, but are without second leading scorer junior guard Seth Borne, who is out with a fractured ankle.
South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said the injury is a blow, but added that someone else has to step up in his absence during district play, which begins on Friday night when the Tarpons host Morgan City.
Posted on Tue, January 12, 2016
by Gazette Sports Reports