Westgate's attack too much for Braves
Sat. December 17, 2011 at 12:57 a.m. | By Steve Holley/Sports Correspondent
Westgate's high-scoring attack was too much for H.L. Bourgeois to overcome in the MidSouth Bank Classic on Friday night at Ellender.
Led by D'Nerius Antoine's 25 points and Deion Thomas' 22 points, the Tigers had five players finish in double figures en route to a 92-73 victory over the Braves.
"We can put up numbers when we're on and when we're controlling the game," Westgate coach Oliver Winston said. "We shot the ball fairly decent (Friday)."
That might be an understatement.
Westgate (6-0 overall) controlled the scoring and especially the boards. It finished with 26 offensive rebounds and forced 16 turnovers in a 48-point second-half effort.
Both teams, who will play in District 7-5A this season, shot the ball well early on with Westgate taking a 14-10 lead with 3:30 to play in the first quarter. H.L. Bourgeois fought back to tie the game at 20 by the end of the first quarter on a 3-point play by Deonta Ward.
The Tigers then dominated the second quarter.
They held H.L. Bourgeois to just one basket in the first three-plus minutes of the period while opening up a 30-22 lead.
The Braves (8-3) would cut the deficit to three before the Tigers responded with a 7-0 run to take a 10-point lead at 37-27 with 2:17 to play in the half.
It was part of a 12-2 run overall that saw Westgate stretch the lead 44-32 at the break.
The Tigers continued their hot shooting in the second half, opening with a 7-0 run in the first minute-plus to build a 19-point lead — their largest of the night to that point.
H.L. Bourgeois threatened to climb back into it, cutting the lead to 11 late in the third period before Thomas drained a 3-pointer from the corner and Antoine followed with a layup to bump the Tigers' lead back up to 16.
The Tigers led by as many as 23 in the final period.
Eddie Sims added 14 points for Westgate and Jonte' Hypolite had 11.
"They're good," Braves coach Andrew Caillouet said. "It's easy to score points when you get 26 offensive rebounds. The bottom line is we've got to clean that up and find a way to rebound better than we did.
"We didn't play in the flow offensively in the first half and by the time we got into it in the second half (Westgate) had their confidence built as far as rebounding the ball."
H.L. Bourgeois had four players in double figures.
"All night, it seemed like we just found a way to keep shooting ourselves in the foot," Caillouet said. "Westgate is a quality team, a great team obviously, but there's no reason we can't play with them."
Tyrone Amacker had 22 points, Ward added 20, and Tevin Jackson scored 13 points for H.L. Bourgeois. Derian Moore finished with 11.
The Tigers will play South Lafourche in the championship game of the tournament at 7:30 tonight. Other games at the tournament are Ellender versus Morgan City at 4 today in the consolation game, White Castle versus H.L. Bourgeois in the third place game at 5:30 today followed by the championship game.
MORGAN CITY 44, ASSUMPTION 34 (BOYS)
At the MidSouth Bank Classic, the Tigers' 10-point margin of victory was also their largest lead of the second half in the win over the Mustangs (2-8).
Jalen Jones had 16 points for Morgan City (7-4) and Tyrone Watts had 13.
Kaven Bernard led Assumption with 14 points and Kenyatta Charles had 11.
TERREBONNE 50 (BOYS)
At Houma, the Tigers dropped to 7-5 overall with the nondistrict loss.
Charles Williams led Terrebonne with 18 points, while DeShaun Diggs had 11 and James Ray added 10.
DeRIDDER 35 (BOYS)
At the DeRidder tournament, Thibodaux’s Trevon Cole scored 12 points to lead the Tigers (3-5) to the tournament’s championship game at 5 today against Pineville.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 48 (BOYS)
At Alexandria, Peabody, one of the top boys basketball programs in the state, held leads of 28-5 after the first quarter, 62-20 at halftime and 94-31 at the end of the third quarter.
Lionheart Leslie led Vandebilt (8-4 overall) with 16 points, while Payton Barrios had 15 points and Eli McGuire added 10 points.
DE LA SALLE 35,
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 32 (BOYS)
At the Ecole Classique tournament, De La Salle forced a late E.D. White tournament and then won the game on a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Troy Thomas.
De La Salle led 11-8 after the first quarter, but E.D. White came back to take a 18-15 lead at halftime. De La Salle led 29-26 after the third quarter.
Thomas led De La Salle with 16 points, and Scott Szush had 11 points for E.D. White (6-2). The Cardinals will play St. Martin's in the third place game at 4 today.