Thibodaux needs OT to defeat Ellender


Thibodaux's Trevon Cole (20) pulls down a rebound as he is surrounded by several Ellender defenders during Friday's nondistrict game in Thibodaux. Thibodaux won, 64-61, in overtime. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


Thibodaux High had to put in extra work to defeat Ellender in Friday's nondistrict game.

Thibodaux held the lead late in fourth quarter only to see Ellender's Jaylan Coleman drive the length of the court to tie the score at 55, sending the game into overtime.

The Tigers had opportunities at the free-throw line to close out the game in regulation, but in overtime Thibodaux shot its free throws much better.

Thibodaux sank critical free throws in overtime to take a lead and come away with a 64-61 win over Ellender.

Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said his team is playing well in spurts and just hasn't found a level of consistency yet.

"We got to learn to maintain our concentration. We are playing well in spurts and we have to be more consistent, but this is a good win and Ellender is a good team," Clark said. "We have lost a few games at the buzzer, so it was nice to win a close one in overtime for a change."

Ellender (3-2 overall) held a 25-18 lead at halftime, but Thibodaux started the third quarter with a 9-2 run to tie it at 27 with 6:12 on the clock.

After Donte Johnson scored for Thibodaux, Leon Gordon had back-to-back baskets to make it 25-24.

Ellender's Eric Welch converted two free throws, but Thibodaux's Jauane Johnson made a 3-pointer for the 27-27 score.

Thibodaux (2-3) took the lead at 37-34 after Trevon Cole (25 points) made three free throws with 2:17 left in third quarter, as the Tigers went on to hold a 40-38 lead to start the fourth quarter.

Late in the fourth quarter, Thibodaux went up 53-51 when Gordon (15 points) scored off an offensive rebound with 1:42 on the clock.

The Tigers pushed their lead to 55-51 after Cole scored with 1:04 left, but Ellender never quit attacking the rim putting the Patriots on the free-throw line.

A couple of free throws, one by Welch and the other by Cameron Parfait (13 points), had the Patriots trailing 55-53 with 12 seconds left.

Thibodaux was just 2-of-7 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and after Johnson missed at the line, Ellender had the ball with 10 seconds left to play.

Coleman (12 points) took an outlet pass and never stopped tying the game with a layup and 4.5 seconds left on the clock.

In overtime, Ellender put Thibodaux back on the free-throw line, but this time the Tigers took advantage of the scoring chances.

The Tigers made 7-of-12 from the free-throw line in overtime which gave them a lead and helped them protect it.

Ellender went cold in the overtime scoring just one point in nearly three minutes.

With 53 seconds left in overtime, Cole made a bucket giving Thibodaux a 62-59 lead.

After Parfait scored to make it 62-61, Tylor Jones sank two free throws for Thibodaux with 18 seconds for the 64-61 lead.

"I think we played hard and we did well to fight back. We had a couple of things that didn't go our way, but I'm proud that the kids played hard," Ellender coach Cornell Scott said. "It could've gone either way and Thibodaux has a good team. We are just going to go back to the gym and get to work a little harder."

Jasi Barabin finished with 13 points for Ellender.

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