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Parfait, Patriots top Braves

There were times in the fourth quarter when Ellender’s Cameron Parfait simply took over.

By the time it was over, Parfait had a game-high 22 points to lead Ellender to a 61-58 victory over H.L. Bourgeois in nondistrict play on Thursday in Houma.

Parfait had three 3-point baskets in the second half for Ellender, who despite leading by nine in the fourth quarter had to overcome a two-point deficit in the final minute.

Ellender (14-10 overall) began the fourth quarter in the midst of a 7-0 run and led by nine at 52-43 with less than 5 minutes to play following a basket by Parfait.

But H.L. Bourgeois refused to go away and with around 2:30 to play, the Braves had sliced the Patriots’ lead down to one at 52-51 with an 8-0 run.

Marlin Bonvillain twice tied the game on consecutive trips down the floor, and on the Braves’ next possession, Bonvillain gave H.L. Bourgeois its first lead of the quarter with a running shot off the glass, making it 58-56 with 37.9 seconds to play.

Later, with H.L. Bourgeois leading by one down the stretch, the Braves’ Chris Harris was called for charging with 15.4 to play. That ended up being a significant play in the game because on Ellender’s next possession, Parfait drew a foul and went to the free-throw line to sink two foul shots for a one-point Patriots lead, 59-58, with 8.5 to play.

But the biggest play of the night was still yet to come.

After H.L. Bourgeois (21-6 overall) inbounded the ball, Ellender’s Eric Welch stole a pass from Ocean Jasper in the back court and drew a foul with 4.3 to play.

Welch sank both foul shots to put Ellender ahead, 61-58, for the final score.

“We were expecting pressure and expecting them to come up, so we wanted to put the ball in either Marlin or Isaac’s hands,” H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said of the play. “Ocean did the right thing. He made the pass back, but he’s got to put something on that pass. It was the right look, but the wrong pass.”

After Welch made it a 3-point game, H.L. Bourgeois still had time to draw up one more play, and with the game clock winding down, Isaac Allridge got off a 3-point attempt. The shot was no good and even so did not appear to beat the buzzer as Ellender hung on for the victory.

“I made a poor decision because I thought Isaac had a better shot opportunity than he had,” Caillouet said of the final play. “He got the shot off, but I should have called a time out. We probably would have had about 2 seconds left and could have called something so I regret that.

“I regret not going to a little more pressure early, but we just weren’t playing with any emotion or fire. We probably played a very emotional game the last three or four minutes. This game is going to kill us power points-wise. It’s disheartening to come out and just give one away. Basically, every loss we’ve had we’ve given away.”

Three players finished with eight points apiece for Ellender: Welch, Justin Johnson, and Jarred Turner.

But it was Parfait who stepped up and carried Ellender on this night, just as he’s done many times throughout the season. “We live off Cam. He’s our senior leader,” Ellender coach Cornell Scott said. “Coach Caillouet did a good job early, especially when (Parfait) was able to come back into the game by putting up some pressure that we didn’t expect. Once we settled down and understood our role, we were able to break that pressure and get some easy baskets. It’s always a good game against H.L., but what this does is give us some (power) points against a team with a good record. Coach Caillouet has been doing a good job with them, so it was good for us to come back and maintain a lead that we had lost.”

Bonvillain had 21 points to lead H.L. Bourgeois in the loss, and Allridge added 19.

The Braves led, 8-7, after an uneventful first quarter that was dominated by both defenses. H.L. Bourgeois used a 7-0 run to grab a 25-24 lead at halftime, and by the end of the third quarter, the score was tied at 41.