Braves remain undefeated in 7-5A

Thibodaux's Deron Coleman (left) and Elray Duncan (top) and H.L. Bourgeois' D'Aron Davis (bottom) battle for a loose ball. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)

GRAY — The Thibodaux Tigers almost pulled off an improbable comeback before dropping a 66-63 decision to District 7-5A rival, H.L Bourgeois.

Holding a 63-52 lead with less than two minutes remaining, the Braves looked to have things under control on Wednesday night.

Then, H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet's team got greedy.

"We were up and we were trying to attack the goal from 25-feet out," Caillouet said with a puzzled look on his face. "You've got to milk the clock in that situation. Obviously when you spread the floor you want nothing but a layup. Along with that we weren't making our free throws, while they (Thibodaux) on the other hand did an excellent job of making their free throws."

The Braves (15-3 overall, 2-0 in district) inability to hold the ball and make wise decisions coupled with Thibodaux's attacking style brought the Tigers to within three points after Natron Nora knocked down a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining. Nora's basket set up a bizarre play that saw the guard with the ball in his possession as time expired.

"Our guards are supposed to take the ball out in a full-court press situation like that so why did one of our big guys even try to take it out there is beyond me. You have to understand the situation and not even take the ball out right there because the clock would have ran out. To be honest, they had a heck of a look at a 3-pointer right there and the referees could have easily called a foul on the 3-point shot. " Caillouet said.

The game began solidly for Thibodaux (8-9, 0-2 in district) with the Tigers taking a 15-8 lead in to the second quarter thanks to several open looks under the basket.

However, the Braves only needed a little more than four minutes to erase that deficit and tie things up at 23-23 on a Keith Frost 3-pointer with 3:31 showing on the clock.

The half ended with Thibodaux holding a 31-27 lead.

The Braves cranked up the intensity in the third quarter, and Marlin Bonvillian poured in 11 of his game-high 23 points to put H.L. Bourgeois ahead 40-38 with 2:22 remaining.

"He's our best athlete," Caillouet said of Bonvillian. "We eventually had to take him out and give him a rest because that's how hard he was busting it on defense. He played solid and got some key deflections and baskets for us in transition that was big."

The period ended with Chris Harris beating the buzzer with a layup to make the score 48-42 in favor of H.L. Bourgeois.

Trevon Cole led the way for Thibodaux with 22 points, while Nora added 11.


At Gray, Thibodaux overcame an early deficit on its way to posting a commanding 27-point win.

Trailing 12-10 at the end of the first period, Thibodaux outscored H.L. Bourgeois 35-12 during the next two periods to make it a 45-24 ball game heading in to the final quarter.

After a slow beginning, Thibodaux coach Damon Robinson liked how his team settled down in the final three periods.

"What I love about this group is how hard they play," Robinson said. "I really do have a good group of girls. They are athletic and keep fighting and that's the thing I like most about them right now."

Leading all scorers was H.L. Bourgeois' Shannon Jones, who poured in 22 points.

Thibodaux (10-7 overall, 1-0 in district) had three players reach double figures with 12 points each. They were Elise Plaisance, Joycelyn Daggs and Eris Estove.

With the loss, H.L. Bourgeois fell to 4-12 and 1-1.


At Mathews, Central Lafourche got 29 points from John Williams, but it wasn't enough to overcome South Terrebonne in Wednesday's nondistrict game.

The Gators got 20 points from Tyrone Smith and 11 points from Patrick Wilson, while improving to 3-10 overall. Also for South Terrebonne, Chandler Arceneaux scored 10 points.

Jeremiah Ballard finished with nine points for the Trojans (5-11).


At Franklin, Saterria Lawson went off for 30 points in leading Central Lafourche to a nondistrict win.

Lawson also grabbed 12 rebounds as the Lady Trojans improved to 11-5 overall.

Trudy Adams also had a double-double for Central Lafourche finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds.


At Harvey, Lionheart Leslie and Elijah McGuire combined to score 44 of Vandebilt's 54 points in Wednesday's nondistrict loss to Helen Cox.

Leslie finished with 23 points, while McGuire had 21 as the Terriers fell to 10-6 overall.