H.L. Bourgeois sneaks past Vandebilt, 45-42


.L. Bourgeois' Chris Harris tries to dribble past Vandebilt Catholic's Aaron Smith in summer basketball league play in Tuesday. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)


H.L. Bourgeois' Isaac Allridge put an end to Vandebilt Catholic's magical run Tuesday night.

After two weeks filled with slow starts and frantic comeback victories in the E.D White Ctaholic Summer Basketball League, the Terriers finally dug a hole from which they couldn't get out.

Despite briefly taking the lead late, Allridge's game-high 21 points proved too much as he led the Braves to a 45-42 win over Vandebilt.

"Isaac did a tremendous job attacking the rim and getting quality shots" Braves coach Andrew Caillouet said. "I thought we played hard and rebounded the ball much better than the first time we played them. I was pleased with the way we battled down the stretch."

H.L. Bourgeois jumped out to 20-13 lead with just over five minutes to go before halftime. Vandebilt cut the deficit to 4-22 on an Aaron Smith (nine points) 3-pointer from the corner. But a Donvante Dickson (nine points) bucket with just under a minute left gave the Braves a 26-22 lead at intermission.

"Some of your youngsters, you can tell they haven't played in a while. They had no energy, they weren't aggressive," Terriers coach Henry Washington said. "It was too much relying on Elijah (McGuire) — bring the ball up the court, shoot the ball, handle the ball."

Allridge took control of the game in the second half, scoring 15 points in the stanza. He made consecutive hard-driving runners in the lane to give Bourgeois its biggest leads at 31-23 and 33-25.

The Terriers began turning up their defensive intensity to get back in the game. Vandebilt went on a 12-4 run, fueled by McGuire (14 points) to tie the game at 37 with just over four minutes remaining.

"(The Braves) were putting a lot of pressure on us, and on defense, we were six-feet off our man," Washington noted. "So I told them, ‘You don't want to get up on your man, then have a seat on the bench.'"

The Terriers got only their second lead of the game with about two minutes remaining when McGuire drove to the goal for a basket plus the foul. He sank the free throw to give Vandebilt a 42-41 lead, but that would be the last points they would score.

"Elijah probably dribbled the ball from end-to-end five or six times, which shows how good a basketball player he is," Caillouet said.

But on the next possession, Allridge squeezed through a congested lane for a layup to give H.L. Bourgeois back the lead 43-42. Then with 21 second remaining, he made a similarly difficult layup to ice the game.

With the summer basketball league two-thirds complete, each coach said they liked the way their respective teams are developing.

"The most important thing is that our younger guys build some chemistry with the seniors," Washington said. "You can start to see who is looking good, it's paying off."

"One of our better kids (Marlon Bonvillain) isn't playing this summer because of a broken arm. We have had other kids step up and play valuable time," Caillouet said. "I like their hustle and getting after it. The biggest key for us is can we rebound against bigger teams."

CENTRAL CATHOLIC-M.C. 41, TERREBONNE 29

In the first game on Tuesday, the Eagles used patience on offense and quick hands on defense to earn the victory.

Josh Singleton led Central Catholic with 12 points, followed by Lamar Green with nine and Tyler Hoffpauir and Nick Case with five each.

The Tigers were headed by Tony Perrier with eight points and Kavaughn Wesley and Colby Stewart with five each.

The Eagles held a 23-19 advantage at halftime and led by as much as 14 points in the second half.