Evans shines for Tarpons in win over Thibodaux
Wed. February 13, 2013 at 7:26 a.m. | By Thad Angelloz / Sports Correspondent
The Thibodaux Tigers didn't receive the welcome they desired as they were kept off the scoreboard for the first 10 minutes of their District 7-5A finale against South Lafourche on Monday night in Galliano.
By the time Thibodaux woke up, the Tigers found themselves having to claw back from a 20-0 deficit.
Despite making a game of things and actually taking the lead early in the fourth quarter Thibodaux eventually dropped a 58-51 decision.
With the win, South Lafourche wrapped up a playoff spot thanks to finishing its season at 17-10 overall and 8-4 in district.
When accessing his team's performance on senior night, Tarpons coach Brian Callais pointed to one player in particular — Treavon Evans, as the key.
Evans, a recent Nicholls State University football signee, led all scorers with 35 points, which included 15 of his team's final 24 points after sitting out half of the third period due to foul trouble.
"His leadership on the floor is unbelievable," Callais said. "What I love is he is playing with so much confidence right now. I tell the guys you can't just rely on him, but when it is time he wants the ball,, and we get it to him because he makes the plays."
Evans paced the way for South Lafourche early and often as he poured in 10 of the Tarpons first 15 points.
After Wilbert Rhodes knocked down a 3-pointer to put South Lafourche ahead 20-0 with 5:42 remaining in the half Thibodaux finally got on the board on a Trevon Cole jumper 12 seconds later.
The half ended with a Cole dunk at the buzzer to make it 30-12.
Holding a 32-16 advantage early in the third period, Evans picked up a foul and headed to the bench.
Thibodaux made the most of his absence by going on a 17-2 run in the final 4:13 to cut the South Lafourche lead to 34-33.
The Tigers took its first and only lead of the game at the 5:55 mark when Tylor Jones hit a 3-pointer to make the score 36-35.
Evans scored the Tarpons next nine points to help put South Lafourche in front for good.
"When you down like that it makes things tough," Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said of his team, which finished the season 13-15 overall and 4-8 in district. "Give them credit, and I wish them well in the playoffs. I at least can credit my guys for not giving in and fighting back, but making shots has continued to be our problem all season and it definitely bit us."
Cole led the way in the scoring column for Thibodaux with 14 points, while Leon Gordon and Natron Nore chipped in 12 and 11, respectively.
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 46 (GIRLS)
At Galliano, a back-and-forth game that saw numerous lead changes ended with the Thibodaux girls team pulling away late for a 58-46 win over South Lafourche Monday night in Galliano.
After holding a slim 35-32 edge at the end of the third period, Thibodaux finally built a decisive lead on the strength of Eris Stove's 11 points. Stove led all Thibodaux scorers with 18 points on the night.
"She's been huge for us the last three weeks," Thibodaux coach Damon Robinson said. "I thought we did a good job of turning them over late, but give them credit for playing a good game."
With the win, Thibodaux ends its District 7-5A season with a 8-4 mark and will host Terrebonne in a special playoff game at 6 tonight to determine the second-place team in the district, while South Lafourche drops to 6-6 in district.
The Lady Tigers led 12-9 at the conclusion of the first period thanks to a pair of 3-pointers.
After Thibodaux jumped in front 16-9 early in the second, South Lafourche went on a 14-3 run to gain a 23-19 lead with 1:24 remaining in the half.
South Lafourche knotted things up at 44-44 on a Jodi Loupe 3-pointer with 2:58 left, but were bested 14-2 down the stretch. Maggie Plaisance led South Lafourche with 16 points, while Loupe chipped in 12 points.