Ellender boys takes HLB tourney title


GRAY — Ellender stayed unbeaten at 9-0, but H.L. Bourgeois didn’t make it easy as the Patriots took an 84-77 victory over the host Braves in the finals of the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament on Saturday night.

H.L. Bourgeois (6-4) took an early 9-2 lead in a frantic first quarter that saw the teams combine for five shots in the first 40 seconds. Ellender’s shots started to fall at the end the quarter, however, and the Patriots closed to within four, 17-13, at the end of that opening quarter.

“Both teams want to run,” H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said. “We never back away from running at each other.”

The up-tempo pace continued into the second quarter. Ellender took its first lead with 5:17 left in the half on a Jared Turner (10 points) layup. Isaiah Van Buren’s (19 points) three pointer tied it up again at 22. The teams combined for five lead changes in the closing minutes of the first half. Leland Alexander (19 points, 10 rebounds) hit a 3-pointer in the last minute that gave Ellender a 34-32 lead going into halftime.

“Our plan was to just maintain our defensive intensity, and sooner or later, our shots were going to fall,” Ellender coach Cornell Scott said. “We finally settled down, got some good looks and got some shots.”

Both teams traded shots to start the third quarter. Van Buren hit another 3 to pull the Braves within one, but that’s when Ellender went on the longest run of the game to that point, a 7-0 spurt to pull ahead for good. Andre Tillman’s layup and one put the Patriots up by 10 with 2:18 left to go in the third quarter. H.L. Bourgeois started to find the basket again, scoring on three straight possessions, but Ellender kept pace, keeping a 53-44 lead going into the fourth quarter.

“We couldn’t hit a shot. We just went ice cold, and we need to do a better job in that situation,” Caillouet said.

“We kind of switched it up a little bit,” Scott said. “We wanted to adjust to what they were doing. We did a better job of knowing where they were and staying in their faces.”

Ellender got out to an 11-point lead on a Justen Harris (15 points) 3-pointer. But H.L. Bourgeois scored on its next five possessions, but could not close it to less than five points. Ellender came back with a 10-0 run to give the Patriots their largest lead of the game at 16 points with 2:52 left. H.L. Bourgeois closed with scores on its last seven possessions, but Ellender scored on six-of-seven, mostly with free throws, to close the game.

WESTGATE 88,

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 62 (BOYS)

At the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament in Gray, the Terriers (4-6) fell in the third-place game and took fourth in the tourney after getting 18 points from Palmer Hill, 14 points from Patrick Bond and 10 points from David Yancey.

Westgate led 21-9 after the first quarter, 43-26 at halftime and 68-49 at the end of the third quarter.

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 44,

SOUTH TERREBONNE 36 (BOYS)

At the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament in Gray, the Trojans (3-4) placed fifth in the tourney with the win and the Gators (1-8) placed sixth.

Central Lafourche led 13-0 after the first quarter, 19-6 at halftime and 31-14 at the end of the third quarter.

Quindon Charles led the Trojans with 14 points and Lionel Batiste had 12.

For the Gators, Da’Vonteaveon Martin had 15 points and Chandler Arceneaux added 13 points.

TERREBONNE 59,

SOPHIE B. WRIGHT 55 (BOYS)

At the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament in Gray, Keyshawn George scored 14 points, Justin Theriot scored 11 points and Da’Vaughn Guano had 10 points as the Tigers (4-7) took seventh-place in the tourney.

Terrebonne led 25-12 after the first quarter, 35-28 at halftime and 47-42 at the end of the third quarter.

DUTCHTOWN 52,

ST. JAMES 45 (BOYS)

At the East Iberville Tournament, the Wildcats claimed second place in the tourney and fell to 3-7 overall.

The Wildcats got 19 points from Jason Favorite and seven points from Raylen Kennedy.