Braves top Yellow Jackets in double overtime
Sat. January 26, 2013 at 12:24 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
H.L. Bourgeois player Isaac Allridge (12) goes up for a layup with New Iberia's Dillon Mandeville (33) defending on Friday night in Gray. The Braves won in double overtime. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)
New Iberia's Dillon Mandeville dramatically sent the game to the first of two overtime periods, but H.L. Bourgeois player Isaac Allridge emphatically sealed the victory for the Braves at the end of the second extra session.
Mandeville's deep 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer sent the game to overtime No. 1 and at the end of overtime No. 2, after the Braves had pulled away, Allridge threw down a one-handed dunk that put a cap on a thrilling 63-53 victory over District 7-5A rival New Iberia on Friday night in Gray.
The Braves (20-5, 7-1 in district) got 15 points from Allridge and 11 points from Marlin Bonvillain.
"It took a lot of hard work and defense, and we prepared for it all week in practice so we already knew what they were going to bring," Allridge said. "I really can't even explain how good it feels. We are back in first place by ourselves."
The Braves led No. 8 New Iberia 11-10 after the first quarter, but New Iberia led 30-27 at halftime and 40-37 at the end of the third quarter.
H.L. Bourgeois later led 51-48 with 12 seconds to go on a layup by Dovante Dickerson, but the Yellow Jackets fans in attendance were sent into a frenzy when Mandeville (16 points) launched and hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer that sent the game to overtime No. 1 tied at 51.
"Dillon is our leader, and he is a senior. You have to put the ball in your play makers hands," New Iberia coach Todd Russ said. "We haven't run the play much. We just put it in, but we ran it to perfection."
Braves coach Andrew Caillouet said he quickly regrouped his team after the Yellow Jackets stole the momentum heading into overtime.
"Let's just refocus. It's anybody's game now," Caillouet said. "Let's come hard and play. It's anybody's game now."
New Iberia got a jumper to open overtime and the Braves later got a putback for the only points of the period.
The Braves had a chance to win it late, but were called for a charge and desperation heave by New Iberia was short and the game went to the second overtime tied at 53.
From there, the Braves got going with a jumper from Bonvillain and a layup for Dickerson, before a New Iberia miss and another H.L. Bourgeois from Teren Morris (nine points) gave the Braves control.
Allridge later put the cap on the game with the slam.
New Iberia also got 18 points from Daumaune Dugas and 13 points from Mike Sam.
"I have to tip my hat to H.L. Bourgeois. Their guys played hard, and my guys played hard as well and laid it out on the line," Russ said. "The officiating was fine. We had a lot of miscues and didn't execute like we should have down the stretch. They had guys step up and get rebounds, and we just didn't do that. We are going to regroup and comeback to fight again."
The Braves are now alone in first place of District 7-5A.
"The LHSAA just changed something (Friday) that only the first-place team in district makes the playoffs automatically," Caillouet said. "Now we are by ourselves in first place, but everyone has a tough road ahead. Nothing is easy in this district."
NEW IBERIA 62, H.L. BOURGEOIS 28 (GIRLS)
At Gray before the boys game, Kierra Anthony scored 24 points and Moesha Kinard added 18 points to lead No. 10 New Iberia to the District 7-5A victory.
New Iberia (23-4, 7-0 in district) led 15-8 after the first quarter, 33-14 at halftime and 58-22 at the end of the third quarter.
H.L. Bourgeois (4-19, 1-7 in district) got eight points each from Shannon Jones and Ciara Williams.
At Mathews, Ezell Garner and Venjie Wallis each scored nine points to lead the Tigers (11-14, 3-5 in District 7-3A) on Friday. Jeremiah Ballard led the Trojans (5-18, 0-8 in district) with nine points.
WESTGATE 65, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 40 (BOYS)
At New Iberia, No. 9 Westgate improved to 16-6 overall and 6-2 in District 7-5A, and the Tarpons fell to 13-9 and 4-3 in district.
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 48, TERREBONNE 45 (GIRLS)
At Mathews, Kierranika Duncan scored 19 points and Saterria Lawson added 10 points to lead the Lady Trojans to a District 7-5A win on Friday.
Terrebonne (14-11, 5-3 in district) led 9-6 at the end of the first quarter and 19-16 at halftime, but the Lady Trojans (14-9, 3-5 in district) took a 29-28 lead at the end of the third quarter.