Pats top Tarpons in foul festival

South Lafourche's Justin Toups tries to dribble past Ellender's Leland Alexander in Friday's game at the Patriot Classic. (Photo by Jim Cenac/ Correspondent)

Late in the Ellender-South Lafourche boys basketball game from Houma on Friday night, a Patriots fan asked if the Tarpons were in the “triple bonus” yet.

And while no such thing exists, one could clearly see the point he was trying to make.

After Ellender got out to a big lead early, the Tarpons spent all of the fourth quarter fouling Ellender, but the Patriots made enough free throws to take a 76-52 victory on Day 2 of the Patriot Classic.

The teams combined for a total of 63 fouls in the game. South Lafourche (7-2) committed 35 fouls (two intentional) and had five players foul out.

Ellender (7-4), which committed 28 fouls, made 33-of-53 free throws to help take the win.

“It was a good test for my young guys. My seniors know what to do in that situation,” Ellender coach Cornell Scott said. “But when you have a bunch of freshmen and sophomores playing .... they did a good job of handling the pressure and getting the ball through (the Tarpons) traps.”

Ellender earned the right to play in the title game of their tournament at 7 tonight against Morgan City, a 62-57 winner over Vandebilt Catholic on Friday night.

The Tarpons, who were without starters Treavon Evans and Wilbert Rhodes, who played in all-star football game on Friday night, fell behind early after a lack of offensive execution.

Ellender led 19-10 after the first quarter and after 11 South Lafourche free throws in the second quarter, the Patriots held a 35-21 halftime advantage.

“We were without two starters, but the next guy has to step up,” Tarpons coach Brian Callais said. “We didn’t run any offense — zero. That’s not what we do. We totally got out of what we do, and I take full responsibility for this loss. We weren’t prepared. That’s my fault.”

Ellender maintained its energy throughout the game and got 15 points from Leland Alexander, 14 points from Jasi Barabin, 13 points from Jaylen Coleman, 11 points from Cameron Parfait and nine points from Eric Welch.

“We knew they were a little shorthanded, but they are still a good team, still scrappy, and their coach does a great job,” Scott said. “We wanted to make sure we kept our energy up. We worked hard to try and get the win.”

The Tarpons, which got 18 points from Shawn Cheramie and 15 points from Seth Cheramie, trailed 50-32 after the third quarter and began fouling in the fourth quarter, but only got as close as 12 points at 62-50 with 2:19 left.

“If we could have scored more in that fourth quarter than our strategy would have worked better,” Callais said. “If we could have cut it to less than 12, and I told my guys the pressure would start to build on those free throws, but it never happened. We just have to bounce back (today).”

Also in the tournament today, the Tarpons will Vandebilt Catholic in the third-place game at 5:30 p.m. and H.L. Bourgeois opens against Assumptoin at 4 p.m. in the consolation bracket championship.




At the Ellender Tournament on Friday, the Braves got 12 points from Isaac Allridge, 11 points from Dominique Price and nine points from Ocean Jasper in the first game of the day.

The Braves (8-3) led 33-25 at halftime after it was tied at 14 after the first quarter.

H.L. Bourgeois also led 43-39 at the end of the third quarter.

Tyrone Smith had 16 points and Chandler Arceneaux added 13 points to lead the Gators (1-8).




At the Ellender Tournament on Friday, the Tigers (7-4) outscored the Terriers 21-18 to take the victory in the second game of the day.

Vandebilt, which got 27 points from Lionheart Leslie and 13 points from Payton Barrios, led 11-10 after the first quarter and it was tied at 25 at halftime.

The Tigers led 41-39 entering the fourth quarter.

The Terriers, who were without starting guard Elijah McGuire, who played in an all-star football game on Friday night, also got eight points from Tanner Whatley and seven points from Justin Harris.

Morgan City got 28 points from Tyrin Watts and 15 points from Malcolm Watkins.



At Destrehan, Central Lafourche fell to 5-5 overall after losing to Destrehan in Friday’s District 7-5A game.

The Trojans got 11 points from Jeremiah Ballard and 10 points from Quade Williams.



At Ecole Classique Tournament, E.D.White advanced to today’s tournament finals with a win over De La Salle on Friday.

The Cardinals got 17 points from Logan Gravois and 10 points from Kairon Brooks.

E.D. White led 18-15 at halftime nad went up 30-21 after three quarters.



At Salmen, Terrebonne fell behind early and never could rally from behind in Friday’s nondistrict game against Salmen.

Terrebonne trailed 20-10 after the first quarter and 32-18 at halftime.

DeShaun Diggs scored 19 points and Alen Wesley had 10 for Terrebonne.



At Edgar, St. James went out to a 33-24 halftime lead in Friday’s nondistrict win over West St. John.

The Wildcats (8-7) got 14 points from Andre Mitchell and 13 points from Jason Favorite in the win.



At DeRidder Tournament, Thibodaux built a halftime lead, but had to hang on to beat DeRidder on Friday.

Thibodaux led 23-17 at half, but were outscored 36-32 in the second half.

Christopher Bryant led Thibodaux 15 points while Trevon Cole and De’Andre Pharagood each scored 12 points.