Terrebonne/River All-Stars roll to 80-72 win
Sun. March 24, 2013 at 12:08 a.m. | By Chris Singleton/Staff Writer
Houma Christian's Nate Fyre (right) goes up for a slam on Saturday night at the Thibodaux Regional Bayou/River All-Star event. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)
Playing in the final organized prep game of his career, Nate Frye wanted to save his best stuff for last.
And the senior Houma Christian star did just that at the Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Bayou/River All-Star boys basketball game on Saturday at Thibodaux High School.
The 6-foot Frye opened the event by winning the slam dunk contest in a final round showdown over 6-5 Elex Carter of East St. John High. Frye went on to lead the Terrebonne/River All-Stars squad to a 80-72 victory over the Lafourche/River All-Stars.
Frye, who recently committed to play college basketball at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, scored 14 points for the Terrebonne/River team, which was composed of senior players from Terrebonne schools and Riverside Academy and Destrehan High Schools.
"This was awesome," said Frye, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player. "It was a fun experience to play with local guys who have the same caliber of talent that you have. It was fun. I will never forget this for the rest of my life."
Although he left the game late in the second half with a recurring shoulder injury, Frye said it didn't spoil a memorable night.
"I just wanted to save my best for last and come out here and play well," Frye said. "With college coming up, I've been working on my game a lot. (Friday night) was a night to show off what I've been doing during the offseason to try to get ready for college. I'm just thankful that God allowed me to be here."
Destrehan's Gary Johnson also scored 14 points for the Terrebonne/River team.
Other leading scorers for the Terrebonne/River All-Stars were Terrebonne's William Moses with 12 points, South Terrebonne's Patrick Wilson with 11 points and H.L. Bourgeois' Isaac Allridge with eight points.
The Lafourche/River All-Star team, which consisted of players from Lafourche schools and East St. John, was led by Thibodaux's Trevon Cole, who scored a game-high 29 points.
Carter, a 6-foot-5 shot blocker who has offers from Loyola, Xavier, Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin and interest from Virginia Commonwealth, finished with 12 points and six blocked shots for the Lafourche/River team.
Central Lafourche's John Paul Williams added eight points for the Lafourche/River team.
After a slow start by both teams in the first half, the Terrebonne/Lafourche team got going off of several key baskets from Frye, Wilson and Moses to take a 43-31 lead at halftime.
With 12:03 left in the second half, Williams provided some energy for the Lafourche/River team with a layup that cut the deficit to 55-53.
It was the closest the Lafourche/River team would get to catching up with the Terrebonne/River squad. Wilson drained a 3-pointer to make it 64-58 with 7:53 remaining, and two Terrebonne High stars in Moses and Erin Harris added late lay-ups to protect the lead.
Terrebonne High coach Derek Szush, who led the Terrebonne/River All-Stars, said it was a fun night for all, even though the toughest task for the coaches was to make sure all of the players got equal playing time.
"After they got their nerves out early, it became a real good basketball game," said Szush, who coached alongside H.L. Bourgeois' Andrew Caillouet. "It's hard to manage because there are so many good players who aren't used to coming out the game. It's easy to coach these guys because they've been coached fundamentally sound. You can just put them out there in different spot and let them play, and they just know how to play basketball. It was fun."
South Lafourche coach Brian Callais, who led the Lafourche/River All-Stars with Thibodaux's Tony Clark, said the event was a big reward for all the senior players selected to participate in it.
"It's a great thing that they do," Callais said. "These seniors earned this privilege to play in this game and go out there and have fun. Their hard work throughout the season got them here, so just go out and enjoy it."
Although he missed out his goal of winning the game's MVP honors, Cole said the players enjoyed taking part in the event.
"It was fun to hang out with these rivals that we are used to playing against in district," said Cole, who is undecided on his college future. "It was fun to be on the same team with them. I really liked it, and the atmosphere had a good vibe. It was a good way to end our senior year."
South Lafourche's Shawn Cheramie won the 3-point contest at the event, edging Allridge and Riverside Academy's Cory Costanza in the final round.