Braves defeat Catholic High in OT
Sat. November 24, 2012 at 11:35 p.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
H.L. Bourgeois' Isaac Allridge (12) dribbles against Catholic High's Ben Schexnayder Saturday night in Gray. (Photo by Keyon Jeff/Correspondent)
GRAY — H.L. Bourgeois needed overtime Saturday night before finally pulling away from Catholic High of Baton Rouge for a 60-51 nondistrict victory.
The Braves defense clamped down and outscored the Bears 11-2 in the extra period.
“I’m glad to be a really good, quality team like Catholic High,” Braves head coach Andrew Caillouet said. “We’re going to get a lot of power points from a game like this. But if we cleaned up so my mistakes I don’t think it would have gone into overtime.”
The back-and-forth battle featured eight ties and seven lead changes. Neither team held a lead larger than five points during the regulation.
“I like the way we battled. They play very hard, but I’m not happy with the result,” Bears head coach Michael Toups said. “We’ve lost three very close games in a row. So we have to figure out how to win close games.”
Early in the first quarter, Bourgeois (3-1) went on a 7-0 burst, capped by a basket plus the foul by Isaac Allridge (19 points), to go up 7-4. However, Catholic’s Ben Schexnayder (11 points) nailed a three-pointer as time expired in the period to give the Bears a 13-12 advantage.
Down by one point midway through the second quarter, Allridge jumped into the passing lane for a steal. He drove to the rim for a thunderous dunk that brought the home crowd to its feet.
The Braves built a five-point late before consecutive layups by Catholic’s Thomas Barfield (13 points, 10 rebounds) trimmed the Bears deficit 22-21 at halftime.
Catholic (1-3) dominated the boards and got to free throw line more often than the Braves. The Bears were 12-for-21 from the charity stripe, while Bourgeois was 4-for-5 from the line.
“Defensively we have to get out of the habit of reaching so much,” Caillouet said. “They shot so many free throws because they’re in the one-and-one. We just fouled way too much because of ill advised reaching.”
After H.L. Bourgeois’s Teren Morris (nine points) hit a 3 to begin the third quarter, Catholic scored eight straight to go up 29-25. The Bears would increase their lead to four, but H.L. Bourgeois’s Marlon Bonvillain scored eight of his game-high 21 points in the period to tie the game 35-35 after the third.
Down three to start the fourth quarter, Catholic’s Bryan Pinner (nine points) scooped in a layup for the bucket and the foul to tie the game 40-40. Allridge responded a few minutes later with the hoop and the harm to give the Braves a 47-43 lead just over three minutes remaining. Barfield made the final basket of regulation with under two minutes left to tie the game at 49. Both defense stiffened down the stretch to send the game into overtime.
Barfield hit a pair of free throws to begin the four-minute overtime, but it was all H.L. Bourgeois the rest of the way. Allridge nailed a jumper and gave the Braves the lead for good on a free throw with 2:27 remaining. Bonvillian scored six straight points, and back-to-back dunks from Bonvillian and Morris finished off Catholic.
“We were never able to gain any separation from them. Whenever we got up two or four, they were able to respond with a key basket,” Toups said. “In the overtime we just made too many errors. I’m sure some of them were forced by them, but some of them were errors we made our own.”
For Caillouet, the game was more about preparing the Braves for future opponents then getting the win.
“This helps us down the line when you play very patient teams like South Lafourche,” he said. “That’s why you schedule a game like this.”
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 46, MANDEVILLE 37 (GIRLS)
At Mandeville, Vandebilt overcame a halftime deficit to beat Mandeville in Saturday’s nondistrict game.
The Lady Terriers (3-1 overall) trailed 24-19 before outscoring Mandeville, 27-13 in the second half. Sade-Murrell led Vandebilt with 16 points, while Jasmine Howard and Lacy Leblanc each scored nine.
SOUTH TERREBONNE GOES 1-2
At Lakeshore Classic, South Terrebonne’s boys soccer team dropped two matches before defeating Hammond, 1-0 on Saturday.
The Gators (2-4) got a goal from Tyler Crochet who was assisted by Matt Benoit.
Early in the day, the Gators lost to Destrehan 2-0 and Grace King, 5-0.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 0,
EAST ASCENSION 0 (BOYS)
At Gonzales, Vandebilt and East Ascension played to a scoreless tie in Saturday’s nondistrict match.
Andrew Leblanc and Patrick Watson shared time in goal to keep East Ascension from scoring. The Terriers are 1-3-1 overall on the season.