Vandebilt denies revenge-minded Braves, 75-70

H.L. Bourgeois' Dominique Price (left) and Vandebilt Catholic's Lionheart Leslie fight for a rebound during Thursday's game at the Patriot Classic in Houma. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)

H.L. Bourgeois wanted to get some revenge over Vandebilt Catholic on the first day of the Patriot Classic at Ellender on Thursday.

But once again, the Terriers found a way to hand defeat to the Braves in boys basketball action.

H.L. Bourgeois held a three-point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter and had a chance to win it late as the game was tied at 68 with 1:26 left.

But Vandebilt's Eli McGuire pushed the ball through the middle of the Braves defense and passed it to a wide-open Payton Barrios, who nailed a corner 3-pointer to put the Terriers on top with 1 minute left.

After H.L. Bourgeois missed several attempts to tie it, Vandebilt sealed the deal at the free-throw line to take a 75-70 win.

It was the Terriers' second win over the Braves in the last five days. Vandebilt (6-2 overall) beat H.L. Bourgeois 74-61 in the championship game of the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament on Dec. 8 in Gray.

H.L. Bourgeois (7-3) played better on Thursday, holding leads of 18-7 after the first quarter, 32-25 at halftime and 51-49 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Vandebilt woke up. Justen Harris opened the quarter with a 3-pointer and added a layup to give Vandebilt its first lead of the game at 54-51 with 7:28 left.

H.L. Bourgeois had a chance to take control of the game late in the fourth. The Braves had a 68-67 lead and were on verge of a fastbreak, but Harris got a steal on a Marlin Bonvillain pass attempt. Bonvillain fouled Harris after the steal and also got a technical foul when he slammed the ball on the floor.

Vandebilt made only one of the four free throw attempts to tie it at 68, but the change of momentum set up Barrios' big 3-pointer that put the Terriers up 71-68, which ultimately was the game-winner.

McGuire led Vandebilt (12-of-22 free throws) with 22 points, while other leading scorers were Lionheart Leslie (21 points), Harris (12 points) and Chase Hutchinson and (10 points).

Vandebilt coach Hank Washington said his team came out slow and even looked like it was sleeping in the first half, but it played well enough in the second half to pull it out.

"I'm just glad that somebody on our team wanted to play," Washington said. "They were supposed to beat us, but Lionheart and Elijah weren't going to let it happen. The goal in the second half was do your job. The guys that played did their jobs. If they do that, then we will be all right."

H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet praised his team for playing better in its second game against Vandebilt, but he said he was disappointed that the Braves "played too well to not win the game."

"We had our opportunities," Caillouet said. "We started out quick, and we played well throughout. We put a couple of different offensive sets in for (Thursday). I thought we were prepared. We just didn't finish the deal and play smart down the stretch."

H.L. Bourgeois (19-of-24 free throws) got 18 points from Bonvillain, 16 points from Isaac Allridge, 15 points from Dovante Dickerson and nine points from Ocean Jasper.

When the game was on the line late, McGuire, who scored nine of his 22 points during an important third quarter stretch that kept Vandebilt in the game, said he was confident that Barrios would step up and hit the big shot.

"If I see Payton by himself on the 3-point line, there is no doubt about it. I'm getting him the ball," McGuire said. "He's one of the best shooters on the team. Why not give it to him?"

While Leslie and McGuire usually attract most of the attention, Barrios, who scored seven points, said the other players are ready to step up when their numbers are called.

"We just play with confidence," Barrios said. "We've got to trust ourselves and just go out there and try to help the team get a ‘W.'"

McGuire, who will miss today's game at the Ellender tournament because he will play in the 13th Annual HTV-10 Thibodaux Lions Club Bayou vs. River All-Star Showdown at Nicholls State's John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux, said the team was happy to close out the game strong despite the slow start.

"One thing about this Vandebilt team is that we will never give up," McGuire said. "No matter how much we're down or trailing. We'll never give up. We're going to fight to the end."

The Ellender tournament continues today with South Terrebonne vs. H.L. Bourgeois at 5 p.m., Vandebilt vs. Morgan City at 6:30 p.m. and Ellender vs. South Lafourche at 8 p.m. The final day of the tournament is Saturday.




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