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Braves outpace Thibodaux, 63-50


H.L. Bourgeois' Teren Morris (10) drives to the basket past Thibodaux's Elroy Duncan (15) and Leon Gordon (12) on Tuesday. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


H.L. Bourgeois used its superior athleticism, pressure defense and rebounding prowess Tuesday night for a 63-50 victory over Thibodaux in 7-5A action.

Marlon Bonvillain spearheaded the Braves effort, ripping through the Tigers defense for 34 points.

"I think we did a good job attacking even though we played one guy short," Braves coach Andrew Caillouet said. "It was good to see us working on the boards because I felt (Thibodaux) was as big or bigger than us. We just have such explosive kids; that helped us out."

"H.L. played a lot better than us at both ends," Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said. "Their dribble penetration and transition really hurt us."

The Braves (21-5 overall, 8-1 district) started the game hot from beyond the arc. They nailed a trio of 3-pointers to take an 11-4 lead at the 5:08 mark of the first quarter. The rest of the period was a defensive struggle, ending with H.L. Bourgeois ahead 15-6.

Thibodaux (10-14, 1-7 district) began the second quarter with six straight points in less than 90 seconds. Consecutive baskets by Leon Gordon (10 points) cut the Tigers' deficit 15-12.

Bonvillain responded with back-to-back layups to put the Braves ahead 21-14. H.L. Bourgeois continued to increase its lead until a put back by Dovante Dickerson (four points) as the halftime buzzer sounded gave the Braved a 32-20 advantage.

"What makes this team so good is they have so many kids that have the ability to score for us. It just happened to be Marlon's night," Caillouet explained. "We're so unselfish offensively that we just get it to whoever's hot. The other kids did a good job putting the ball in his hands and letting him go."

The third quarter was a stalemate, but H.L. Bourgeois increased its edge early in the fourth. Bonvillain's 3-pointer gave the Braves its biggest lead of the game, 52-35.

Thibodaux answered with an 8-0 burst behind Trevon Cole (18 points) in the paint and Natron Nora (12 points) from the perimeter to trim the lead to nine points.

However, H.L. Bourgeois was too much for the Tigers as Isaac Allridge (12 points) drove to the rim for a bucket plus the foul to seal the win.

"This late in the year there aren't a lot of positives," said Clark. "You expect to play better than we did. We had some chances, but we just have to shoot the basketball better."

Despite winning easily, Caillouet said his squad needed to improve in three key areas as they head toward the playoffs.

"We got to take better care of the basketball, do a better job on the free throw line and do a better job on transition defense," he noted. "You're not going to win playoff games unless that happens."

THIBODAUX 57, H.L. BOURGEOIS 8 (GIRLS)

In Thibodaux, the Lady Tigers never trailed in their overpowering victory over H.L. Bourgeois in 7-5A play.

Bourgeois senior Shannon Jones suffered a left knee injury midway through the first quarter while attempting a layup. The Lady Braves leading scorer had to be taken out of the gym on a stretcher by Acadian Ambulance.

Joycelyn Daggs led the Lady Tigers effort with 11 points, followed by Eris Stove (10), Elise Plaisance (nine) and Hannah Hebert (eight).

Kiara Freeman had six points to head Bourgeois (4-20, 1-8 district).

Thibodaux (14-9, 5-3 district) was up 17-2 after the first quarter, 31-4 at halftime, and 43-6 to end the third.