Patriots sprint past Braves, 50-44


Ellender dressed five players during Wednesday's summer basketball league game against E.D. White Catholic and lost by one point.

The Patriots dressed six against H.L. Bourgeois on Thursday, and this time, they got much better results.

After spotting H.L Bourgeois a 16-5 lead with 10:30 left in the first half, Ellender used a big rally.

Two minutes passed and the lead was cut to four. Four minutes after that, it was tied.

The Patriots took their first lead with one minute left, but H.L. Bourgeois tied it up at 26 all at the halftime.

Ellender would never trail again, taking an early second half lead and a 50-44 win at E.D. White.

"There's something about our kids, when they get down, they fight back hard," Ellender coach Hosea Chatman said. "It was about taking advantage of each possession. Once we started slowing the ball down on our possessions, letting our defense give us some offense and getting a couple of easy buckets, making a couple of stops on defense, they closed the gap real quick."

Leland Alexander led the Patriots, scoring 12 of his game high 18 points in the first half on four 3-pointers. Four players scored in the first half for Ellender, and the two who didn't hit the first two shots of the second half for a quick 31-28 lead.

Alexander sank a lay-up, and Ellender was up by five. Three free throws and a Devontavian Martin (9 points) lay-up made it 39-32, the largest lead of the game.

With four minutes left, both teams went nuts.

H.L. Bourgeois scored on six of their last seven possessions, but with Ellender connecting on five possessions, the Braves could only make up one point.

"We are exhausted, man," said Patriots point guard Eric Welch, who scored nine points. "But you just have to keep playing and do it. Everybody has to just step up."

H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said the comeback was not a surprise.

"Ellender is a really good team," he said. "They have the perfect offensive-type team. The fact that Welch can dribble penetrate, even when you're trying to stop him he can still penetrate, and they've got kids all over the floor who can shoot the 3. That kid Leland is special. He nailed four 3's in the first half and never touched the rim. What ended up hurting us was we were getting killed on second chance opportunities, and that's a concern. We don't finish plays consistently on the defensive end, and we've got to do a better job of that."

Anders Tillman had eight points for Ellender, and Chris Harris had eight for the Braves.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 70, E.D. WHITE 36

At Thibodaux, Central Catholic's offense sliced, diced and otherwise mauled the Cardinal defense in a game that was never close.

The Eagles opened the game with a 12-2 run, followed that with 12-1 run, and ended the first half outscoring the Cardinals 15-1 on their way to a 42-12 halftime lead.

"That's the way we play," Central Catholic coach Reed Case said. "We don't have a lot of size, but we can run. We like to shoot a lot of three's, and we like to get up and down the court."