Trojans sprint past Grand Isle
Wed. November 21, 2012 at 3:32 a.m. | By Steve Holley/Sports Correspondent
Central Lafourche's Gerren Jefferson (24) heads to the basketball goal during Tuesday's game against Grand Isle in Mathews. (Photo by Christian Lovell/Correspondent)
MATHEWS — Central Lafourche began the game with a 17-0 run and never looked back en route to a 58-37 victory over Grand Isle in nondistrict play Tuesday.
Sherman Robinson hit a jumper from the corner to start the scoring for Central Lafourche with 6:42 to play in the opening quarter.
Later on, John Paul Williams' basket made it 10-0 with just over three minutes to play.
Gerrin Jefferson hit a shot off the glass that upped the lead to 14-0, and he followed that up with another basket plus a foul shot to make it 17-0 with 1:13 to play in the opening quarter.
All the while against the Trojans' full-court press defense, Grand Isle had trouble advancing the ball and setting up its offense.
Grand Isle didn't score until David McCurley sank two free throws with 35.9 seconds to play in the quarter, as Central Lafourche closed the first quarter with a 17-5 lead.
All told, Grand Isle's first eight points came at the free-throw line, though it was part of a 7-0 run at one point.
David Camardelle sank a basket underneath the goal for Grand Isle's first field goal of the game, but it didn't come until 2:51 to play in the first half. By then, Central Lafourche had opened up a 28-10 lead and went on to lead 32-12 at halftime.
Grand Isle actually out-scored Central Lafourche, 13-12, in the third quarter following a jumper by Camardelle and trailed, 44-25, after the third quarter.
Although Grand Isle trailed by as many as 24 at one point in the contest, they managed to get within 12 points at 48-36 late in the game after a 3-pointer by Taylor Berry.
Rashad Sims ended any hopes of a Grand Isle comeback with a 3-pointer from the corner with 2:24 to play, making the score 52-36.
"I'm impressed with the guys and how we finished the game," Central Lafourche coach Robert Brisco said. "We just need to continue to work on developing our offense and getting better on defense. (Grand Isle's second-half run was) just a lack of concentration. Our guys started doing what they wanted instead of staying in the system and playing the way they should have been. That's why they went on that little run."
Williams had nine points to lead Central Lafourche. Josh Joseph added eight points, and Jefferson and Ramon Robertson had seven apiece for the Trojans.
Drew Ballard led Grand Isle with 14 points.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 67, PONCHATOULA 60
At St. Thomas Aquinas Tournament, Vandebilt Catholic evened its record to 1-1 with a 67-60 win over Ponchatoula on Tuesday.
The Terriers took the lead for good when Tanner Whatley converted four-point play in the fourth quarter. The Terriers were led by Lionheart Leslie who poured in 32 points, while Peyton Barrios dropped 15 and Malcom Wolfe chipped in 10 points for Vandebilt.
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 51, ELLENDER 46
At Morgan City Tournament, South Lafourche erased an early deficit to take a halftime lead and eventually get a 51-46 win over Ellender.
The Tarpons led 24-21 at halftime then extended it to 40-35 at the end of the third quarter.
Treavon Evans had 19 points for South Lafourche (2-0 overall), and Shawn Cheramie added 18 points.
Eric Welch led the Patriots (1-1) with 13 points and Leland Alexander chipped in 12.
H.L. BOURGEOIS 63, BELAIRE 44
At the Woodlawn tournament in Baton Rouge, Marlin Bonvillain and Isaac Allridge each scored 16 points for the Braves.
H.L. Bourgeois (1-1) led 11-7 after the first quarter, 27-13 at halftime and 38-29 at the end of the third quarter.
The Braves, which lost 55-52 to Tara on Monday, also got 10 points from Ocean Jasper.
H.L. Bourgeois will play Woodlawn at 7:30 tonight.