Close Call: H.L. Bourgeois slips by Vandebilt, 57-56

H.L. Bourgeois player Chance Gassery (4) drives past Vandebilt's Chase Hutchinson (20) in a 57-56 H.L. Bourgeois victory at the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament on Friday night in Gray. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)

GRAY — The H.L. Bourgeois boys basketball team executed its full-court pressure defense just in time to beat Vandebilt Catholic in a winner's bracket game at Friday's Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament.

The Braves trailed the entire game until Isaiah Van Buren scored for a 51-50 lead with 3:10 left to play. Van Buren's hoop came in transition as the Braves forced Vandebilt into turnovers in the fourth quarter leading to easy baskets. Even though the Terriers lost the lead, they didn't crumble and with 2.7 seconds left to play Payton Barrios had a decent look at a 30-foot 3-pointer for the win. Barrios' shot hit the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded giving H.L. Bourgeois the 57-56 victory as the Braves advanced to today's championship game. The Braves will play Ellender in the tournament's championship game beginning at 7 p.m.

H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said his team didn't execute much on offense or on defense, but found a way in the final three minutes to win the game.

"The kids didn't listen to anything, and we called sets but we played one-on-one. We do give our kids some freedom, but when we want to run sets then we need to run it. The only thing that saved us was our full-court pressure," Caillouet said. "We did a good job of giving them full-court pressure but we played at their tempo instead of playing at our tempo. We had the full-court pressure, but we also threw the ball away or turned it over. If we could've finished more plays off the pressure it would've been a different game, but give Vandebilt credit. They made sure we didn't have anything easy. They had a great play drawn up at the end, and we made a great defensive switch and Barrios had a great look, but we were fortunate it didn't go in."

Vandebilt did force the Braves to play at their tempo in the first half.

The Terriers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Palmer Hill's 3-pointer to start the game then took a 17-10 lead after the first quarter.

After Barrios (24 points) completed a 3-point play and Shane Thompson knocked down a 3-pointer, Vandebilt took its largest lead of the game at 23-10 with 5:55 left in the second quarter.

H.L. Bourgeois began to execute better on both ends of the floor and outscored Vandebilt 20-11 for the rest of the quarter to cut its deficit to 34-30 at halftime.

The game stayed a close in the third quarter with H.L. Bourgeois trailing by one point on three occasions, but each time Vandebilt responded and held on to a 46-42 lead entering the fourth quarter.

With Vandebilt leading 50-49, the Braves forced a turnover and that is when Van Buren put the H.L. Bourgeois in front for the first time in the game at 51-50 with 3:10 left.

Vandebilt regained the lead at 52-51 after Gabe Huber score on an offensive rebound and the teams traded leads four times until Keith Frost made a bucket putting H.L. Bourgeois in front at 57-56 with 32 seconds left.

Vandebilt and H.L. Bourgeois both missed free throw opportunities in the final seconds and after H.L. Bourgeois' Chance Gassery missed a free throw with 7 seconds left, Vandebilt grabbed the rebound and called time out with 2.7 seconds left.

With Vandebilt (4-5) inbounding the ball near half court, Barrios came around a couple of screens and had a good look at the rim but his shot was short giving the Braves the win.

"I told our guys, the one stretch that hurt us was the second quarter. We were in control, but they upped the tempo on us in the second quarter. We had a four-point lead at half, but we could've been up by 10," Vandebilt coach Michael Toups said. "In the fourth quarter we are up by one or two and we kept the lead, but they finally got the one to fall to take the lead. Usually when that happens, the home team sprints away, but we had a shot to win at the end. I am proud of our kids and we are not happy with this loss, but this is a game to build on."

Marlin Bonvillain led H.L. Bourgeois with 18 points.



At Gray, Ellender's tempo was too much for Westgate as the Patriots led from beginning to end in a six-point win at the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament at H.L. Bourgeois on Friday.

The Patriots will play H.L. Bourgeois in today's championship game at 7 p.m.

Ellender's full-court press forced number mistakes and bad shots by Westgate as the Patriots took advantage of those miscues for a 20-16 first-quarter lead.

Ellender led 43-37 at halftime, but took control of the game by outscoring Westgate 23-15 in the third quarter for a 66-52 advantage.

Westgate did outscore Ellender, 23-15, in the fourth quarter but the deficit was too much to overcome as Ellender held on for the 81-75 win.

Andre Tillman led Ellender with 16 points, while Justen Harris had 11 points and Rontrell Hills finished with 10. Walter Lewis scored 18 points for Westgate.




At Gray, South Terrebonne took the lead in the second quarter and never let it go in securing its first win of the season with a 12-point win over Sophie B. Wright in a loser's bracket game at Friday's Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament at H.L. Bourgeois.

Neither team held an advantage after the first quarter with the score tied at 10, but South Terrebonne (1-7) outscored Sophie B. Wright 14-11 in the second quarter for a 24-21 halftime lead.

The Gators extended their lead with a 15-8 third quarter and a 39-29 advantage. South Terrebonne finished the game outscoring Sophie B. Wright, 17-13 in the fourth quarter for the 56-44 win.



At Gray, Central Lafourche erased an one-point halftime deficit by outscoring Terrebonne 21-11 in the third quarter then went on to take a 13-point win in a loser's bracket game at Friday's Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament at H.L. Bourgeois.

The Trojans (3-3) led 14-11 after the first quarter, but Terrebonne (3-7) responded by winning the second quarter 15-11 for a 26-25 halftime lead.

Central Lafourche found its shooting touch in the third quarter to build a 46-37 lead, then finished the game by outscoring Terrebonne 18-14 in the fourth quarter for the 64-51 final.

Josh Joseph led Central Lafourche with 18 points while Sherman Robinson had 16 and Quindon Charles scored 12 for the Trojans. Devlin Aubert led Terrebonne with 11 points.

Central Lafourche will play South Terrebonne at 4 p.m. today in the fifth-place game, while Terrebonne will play Sophie B. Wright at 2:30 today in the seventh-place game.



At the East Iberville Tournament, D'Kwan Sandolph scored 13 points to help the Wildcats improve to 3-6 and advance to the tourney title game against Dutchtown at 8 tonight.

Malik Joseph added 12 points for the Wildcats, and Rashaan Dennis and Tevin Gros each had eight points.



At Grand Isle, the Warriors got 11 points from Guy Campbell and eight points from Drake Battaglia in improving to 3-5 after the nondistrict win.

Houma Christian led 16-13 at halftime.