Third-quarter surge lifts Covenant Christian past Bishop McManus


GRAY — Covenant Christian used a big third quarter to pull away from Bishop McManus Academy in a 68-58 victory in nondistrict play Tuesday.

Led by Datren Williams' 31 points, the Lions turned a five-point lead at halftime into an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter before withstanding a late Bishop McManus run.

Both teams played to an 8-all tie after the first quarter and Covenant Christian used a 20-point second quarter effort to take a 28-23 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, the Lions (14-4 overall) began to pull away. They led by nine at the midway point in the third following a fast-break layup by Williams to take a 43-34 lead.

As the period came to a close, Williams hit a 3-point basket at the buzzer to give Covenant Christian a 52-38 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Lions led by as many as 18 in the final period, but looked fatigued down the stretch as Bishop McManus (13-9) cut the lead to single digits in the final minute of play, including six with 30 seconds to play.

"We didn't have that killer instinct in the fourth quarter," Covenant Christian coach Leon Veal said. "We can put teams away, but right then and there (Tuesday), we didn't. The third quarter was big. We hit some layups and shots. It's just that with two or three minutes left in the fourth quarter, we couldn't seem to put them away."

Veal said his team has had a problem closing games at times this season.

"That's been our (problem) all year: we can't put four quarters together," Veal said. "We've just got to learn. We're still kind of a new team. We have a lot of seniors, but we're still trying to put things together. I'm happy we got the W, whether it's one point, 10 points or whatever."

Williams was one of four players to finish in double figures for the Lions. Jordan MaKay had 12 points, Ramell Edwards added 11, and Mark George finished with 10.

Broderick Weaver scored 28 points to lead the Kings, and Dylan Washington added 17 for Bishop McManus.

"We made some mistakes in that third quarter and that kept us from finishing well," Kings coach Jonathan Sorapuru said. "It's been a tough road for us the last three or four games. Our best player isn't with us anymore, so we've had to make changes on the fly. That hurts us, but we just have to move forward."

HOUMA CHRISTIAN 64, CRESCENT CITY 49 (BOYS)

At Houma, the No. 6 team in Class 1A improved to 14-8 overall and 5-1 in District 10-1A.

The Warriors led 19-10 after the first quarter, 37-17 at halftime and 57-29 after the third quarter.

Connor Bates led Houma Christian with 16 points. Nate Frye added 13 points, and Guy Campbell and Keamon Sims had 12 points.

HOUMA CHRISTIAN 40, CRESCENT CITY 35 (GIRLS)

At Houma, Hannah Naquin had 14 points and Alicia Johnson and Kira Coleman each had 12 points as the Lady Warriors moved to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in District 10-1A.

The Lady Warriors led 11-6 after the first quarter, 17-13 at halftime and 37-22 at the end of the third quarter.