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Terrebonne continues its winning ways in summer league play


Terrebonne kept its perfect record intact Tuesday night with a deceptively close 50-37 win over Ellender at the E.D. White Catholic Summer Basketball League.

Ellender arrived at E.D. White High School's gym with only six players.

Depth didn't stop the Patriots from jumping out to an early 13-5 lead on the strength of point guard Eric Welch's 11 points.

Ellender eventually built its lead to 20-7 on another Welch basket with 5:08 remaining the half.

Terrebonne closed the gap by going on a 7-0 run in the final minutes to make the score 20-14 heading in to the break.

"Like always say, ‘When these two teams get together it is going to be a battle,' " said Terrebonne coach Derek Szush, whose team improved to 5-0 in summer basketball league play. "They (Ellender) came out here shorthanded, and we got off to another slow start again. Luckily for us, we brought in a second group of guys who took a pair of charges and got us the spark we were looking for."

After Ellender briefly built its lead back to 25-16 with 18:52 remaining, Terrebonne woke up and began making things happen at the rim.

The evidence of this came in the form of an 18-4 run that put Terrebonne in control at 33-29. Terrebonne's Venjie Wallis closed out the run with a short jumper to give the Tigers a four-point lead.

Before running out of steam, Ellender cut the score to 34-33 with 8:13 left. Shortly after that basket, Welch fouled out leaving the Patriots to play the final six-plus minutes with just five players.

Terrebonne took full advantage of Welch's departure as it ended the game out scoring Ellender 16-4 down the stretch.

"I liked what I saw from our guys (Tuesday night)," Ellender coach Hosea Chatman said. "We were undermanned, but we fought hard and played physical. In summer ball you want to see improvement from game-to-game, and that's what I told the guys. I was definitely pleased with the effort."

Chatman also praised the play of Welch, who finished the night with a team-high 15 points.

"He's a true point guard that has an all-around game," Chatman said. "He can score it, dish it and create things. He definitely had a great game (Tuesday night)."

Leading the way in scoring for Terrebonne was Venjie Wallis and his brother, Vejon. Venjie had a game-high 16 points, while Vejon chipped in 10.

H.L. BOURGEOIS 55, CENTRAL CATHOLIC OF MORGAN CITY 40

The Braves jumped out to a quick 15-2 lead and didn't look back as they toppled the Eagles in the first game of the night.

Other than in the opening minutes, Central Catholic only fought back to single digits once at the 2:33 mark of the first half when a Brent Green 3-pointer made the score 26-17.

In the second half, H.L. Bourgeois built its lead up to as many as 19 before coasting to a 15-point win.

Central Catholic's Samarrick Paul led all scorers with 14 points, while the Braves D'Aaron Davis paced the way for his team with 11.