Thibodaux relaxes a bit on defense in loss
Thu. December 20, 2012 at 10:09 a.m. | By Perry Pitre/Sports Correspondent
Thibodaux’s Trevon Cole (20) goes up against John Ehret’s DaJuan Garrison as their teammates look on in Wednesday night’s nondistrict game in Thibodaux. John Ehret won, 40-37. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)
In any close basketball game, there is usually one sequence that decides the outcome.
In John Ehret’s close win over Thibodaux on Wednesday night, that sequence came in the third quarter. With a one-point lead in the defensive struggle, Ehret sophomore Anthony McGhee hit four consecutive baseline jumpers, putting the Patriots up by seven at the end of period and helping his team to an eventual 40-37 nondistrict victory.
“Yeah, we were talking about that on the bench,” Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said. “It was always a late rotation. It was one of those things where our execution was slow.”
Both teams were slow getting their offenses going. McGhee hit a jumper early in the first period to make it 2-0, but that was it until 1:57 remained in the opening period when Ehret hit its second free throw. Thibodaux (6-6) scored three field goals under the basket for a 6-4 lead at the end of one quarter.
Natron Nora hit a 3-pointer and then a two putting the Tigers up by 5. Trevon Cole’s 3-pointer made the lead 18-12, but Ehret (5-6), specifically McGhee, scored the last five points of the half, with Thibodaux holding onto an 18-17 lead.
McGhee’s jumper to open the third quarter gave Ehret its first lead of the game at 19-18. The Tigers responded with a Cole layup, but DeJuan Garrison hit a pair of free throws to make it 21-20, and Ehret would never trail again.
“I thought (Ehret) played harder,” Clark said. “I thought our effort wasn’t where it needed to be, especially with district coming up. “We didn’t get to loose balls. They out rebounded us. And in the last three games, these are things we’ve done well.”
That’s when McGhee went to work, hitting three baseline jumpers from the right side, one from the left, and another from the top of the key as Ehret closed out the third quarter with a 34-27 lead.
“My coach told me to run off the screens and take open looks, and I made the shots,” McGhee said. “I was kind of surprised that I was open like that, but that’s part of the game.”
Thibodaux’s defense tightened up in the fourth quarter, holding Ehret to six points. Cole’s bank shot with a minute left closed the gap to three, but Garrison hit from inside with 35 seconds left to make the lead five. Nora’s putback with 4.2 seconds left made it a three-point game, but the Tigers could not score again.
“We had that stretch in the third quarter where Anthony was able to make some baskets, and we put together some baskets and some stops. Things didn’t always work the way we wanted them too, but the kids are to be commended,” Ehret coach Allen Collins said. “This is exam week for us, and there’s about a thousand different things going on. I’ve got to do a better job with the scheduling next year, because it’s just chaotic around here. I don’t know what I was thinking when we did this.”
McGhee led all scorers with 19 points. Cole and Nora each had nine for the Tigers.
ST. MARTIN’S 32 (GIRLS)
At Napoleonville, the Lady Mustangs improved to 7-5 overall with the nondistrict victory behind 12 points from Keverion Ward and 10 points Tiah Larradain.
Assumption led 7-4 after the first quarter, 19-11 at halftime and 24-21 at the end of the third quarter.