Braves hold on to beat Tarpons


South Lafourche's Treavon Evans (11) drives to the basket as H.L. Bourgeois' Dovante' Dickerson (left) during Tuesday's game in Galliano. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)


GALLIANO — H.L. Bourgeois found a soft spot in South Lafourche's defense just at the right time.

Trailing by a point and 18 seconds left to play the Braves rushed up the court and found Isaac Allridge cutting to the basket. Allridge quickly attacked the rim before the defense could collapse getting his layup to fall for a one-point lead with 3.6 seconds left to play.

A turnover on the ensuing inbounds play by South Lafourche ended any chance of a desperation heave as H.L. Bourgeois went on for a 63-60 win in Tuesday's District 7-5A game.

H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said when his team started to play defense, that is when the momentum turned in its favor.

"We came out flat at the beginning of the game, but we definitely played better defense in the second quarter and in the second half. We did play dumb though in the second half, and we fouled way too much. They are a heck of a free-throw shooting team, and I bet half of their points came from the free-throw line," Caillouet said. "We have to do a better job of playing defense without fouling, but I thought we played with intensity. We played with desire and court awareness. Offensively, when we stopped playing around with the ball with made some backdoor cuts, we got some easy shots."

The Braves (18-4 overall, 5-0 in district) trailed by as much as 11 points in the second quarter, but held a 42-41 lead to start the fourth quarter.

H.L. Bourgeois took its largest lead of the game at 50-45 after Allridge (18 points) made two free throws with 6:17 left to play.

The Tarpons (12-8, 3-2 in district) began to chip away at the Braves' lead by working the ball inside and getting to the free-throw line.

In a three-minute span, South Lafourche went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line and had Shawn Cheramie convert a steal into a layup for a 9-2 run.

South Lafourche ended the game making 23-of-30 from the free-throw line and went 15-of-17 in the fourth quarter.

When Treavon Evans made a free throw with 3:26 left to play, the Tarpons had turned a five-point deficit into a 54-52 lead.

Evans finished the game making 10-of-14 on free throws and that helped him to a game-high 30 points. He sank his final two free throws with 18 seconds to play giving the Tarpons a 60-59 lead right before Allridge attacked the rim for the go-ahead layup.

South Lafourche tried to inbound the ball to the middle of the floor and look to Cheramie, who was running up the side of the court, but H.L. Bourgeois' Terin Morris came up with a steal. Morris added two free throws with under a second to play giving the Braves the three-point win.

South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said his team had to overcome a couple of bad calls during the game. One was an obvious goal tend in the third quarter that wasn't called and in the fourth quarter in which a bucket was granted well after contact giving H.L. Bourgeois a three-point play.

But Callais said those bad calls were no excuse for his team not playing defense in the final seconds.

"We didn't defend as well as we should in the fourth quarter. They hit us we some penetration and they scored on the backside at times. That was the difference, but our kids left it out on the floor," Callais said. "Looking at it, there were two critical situations and one was the goal tending call that wasn't called and it was obvious. Also, one official thought he was NBA with continuation. The guy makes a 360 (degree) move after he was fouled and they give him the basket. Those are some critical points right there. But, my kids left it out on the floor and I am proud of them. Our defense just wasn't where it needed to be right at the end."

Cheramie had a hot hand early scoring 11 first-quarter points and helping South Lafourche take a 17-10 lead.

The Tarpons continued to stretch their lead in the second quarter going up 30-19 after Justin Toups made a layup with 3:03 on the clock.

Thanks to its defense, H.L. Bourgeois closed the second quarter on an 8-0 run to trail 30-27 at halftime.

Allridge got the run started with a bucket then Marlin Bonvillain (20 points) completed a three-point play and made a 3-pointer to make it a one-possession game at halftime. The Braves didn't take their first lead in the game until the 6:14 mark of the third quarter when Allridge hit a 3-pointer for a 32-30 score.

Bonvillain said everything changed for the Braves once they picked it up on defense.

"We knew coming in here it would be rowdy, but we were able to come out with the win by playing great defense. After the first quarter we were able to shut down (Cheramie), and we made an (defensive) adjustment and got the win," Bonvillain said. "Coach got our composure right. We started to play defense, and we just had to stop (Cheramie and Evans). We are 5-0 in district, but we have a ways to go and as long as we play defense things will be alright."

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 39, H.L. BOURGEOIS 14 (GIRLS)

At Galliano, South Lafourche jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter before turning to its defense in the second quarter in a 25-point win over H.L. Bourgeois in Friday's District 7-5A game.

The Lady Tarpons (4-9, 3-2) built a 13-3 lead in the first quarter, then held the Lady Braves (4-15, 1-3) to just one point in the second quarter taking a 28-4 halftime lead.

H.L. Bourgeois outscored South Lafourche in the third quarter 5-4, but still trailed 32-9 to start the fourth. The Lady Braves broke double digits when Shannon Jones sank a jumper with 4:05 left to play in the game.

Jodi Loupe led South Lafourche with nine points.

THIBODAUX 47, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 39 (BOYS)

At Thibodaux, the Tigers got 17 points from Trevon Cole and six points from Tyler Jones in improving to 10-11 overall and 1-4 in District 7-5A.

Central Lafourche (5-15, 0-5 in district) led 15-10 after the first quarter and Thibodaux led 22-18 at halftime and 29-28 at the end of the third quarter. Sherman Robinson scored 18 points for Central Lafourche and John Williams added six.

THIBODAUX 71, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 48 (GIRLS)

At Thibodaux, the Lady Tigers got 22 points from Eris Stove, 15 points from Elise Plaisance, 13 points from Kiarra Triggs and nine points from Chelsie Brown in improving to 12-8 overall and 3-2 in District 7-5A.

The Lady Trojans (12-8, 1-4 in district) got 13 points from Aquasia Porter, 11 points from Trudy Adams and 10 points from Josie Cortez.

NEW IBERIA 42, TERREBONNE 31 (BOYS)

At Houma, the Tigers led 22-16 at halftime but fell to 10-12 overall and 2-4 in District 7-5A. New Iberia, ranked ninth in the latest Class 5A LSWA poll, improved to 17-5 and 3-1 in district.

NEW IBERIA 65, TERREBONNE 56 (GIRLS)

At Houma, No. 9 New Iberia got 31 points from Moesha Kinard and improved to 20-4 and 5-0 in District 7-5A.

Terrebonne (13-10, 4-2 in district) got 11 points each from Darian Dees and Waneka Robinson and 10 points from Roynisha James.