Braves top Trojans with putback at buzzer


H.L. Bourgeois' Marlin Bonvillain (left) drives to the basket as Central Lafourche's Quindon Charles defends during Tuesday's District 7-5A opener in Mathews. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)


MATHEWS — By Chance, the H.L. Bourgeois boys basketball team edged Central Lafourche on Tuesday night.

Chance Gasery that is.

Gasery's follow of teammate Devonte Dickerson's miss went through the basket as time expired giving the Braves a 48-46 District 7-5A opening victory over the home-standing Trojans.

The score came after the Braves took the ball out of bounds from the sideline near midcourt during a tied game at 46 with 5.6 seconds left.

Dickerson took the inbounds pass and drove hard to the baseline and then toward the goal, but missed short only to have Gasery clean it up for the win as time expired.

"It felt pretty good," Gasery said. "At first I thought D's shot was going in, then I looked up and it was in my hands, so I just put it back up."

The win pushed the Braves to 12-5 overall and 1-0 in district and dropped the Trojans to 7-7 and 0-1 in district.

First-year Trojans coach Mark Sanders said allowing offensive rebounds and second-chance points hurt his team all night, especially in the last quarter and on the game's final play.

"It all came down to rebounding," Sanders said. "There were three or four times in the fourth quarter where we played good defenses on the ball, but we didn't follow up with rebounding. We talked about their record and how if it was a low-scoring game, we would have a chance. Our goal was to be competitive and be in it and get a win at home, but I am proud of our kids."

The Trojans, who got 13 points from Lionel Batiste, 12 points from Quindon Charles and 11 points from Sherman Poindexter, slowed the Braves and their up-and-down style. The Braves led 7-6 after the first quarter, 22-21 at halftime and 36-35 at the end of the third quarter.

"That last play was about the best thing we did all night," Braves coach Andrew Caillouet said. "We always talk about making your opponent play your game and not playing theirs, and Coach Sanders and his team did a great job making us play their game. It was a great effort by them."

The game was tied at 41 when Quade Williams scored for the Trojans on the inside, but Dickerson answered with a 3-point play for a 44-43 Braves lead with 1:53 to play.

Williams later made 1-of-2 free throws to tie it at 44 with a minute left, but Dickerson had a putback to put the Braves ahead 46-44 with 40 seconds to play.

From there, Central Lafourche gained possession and got a layup from Batiste to tie it at 46 with 10 seconds to go before Gasery followed Dickerson's late miss to give the Braves, who got 13 points from Marlin Bonvillain, the win.

"Our guys compete and play hard," Sanders said. "We just haven't made that change in our mind on how to finish someone off. It's a disappointing loss because you work so hard and they come up with a bucket with no time left on the clock and you don't get that chance to comeback."

H.L. BOURGEOIS 36, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 24 (GIRLS)

At Mathews, the Lady Braves got 12 points from Jerin Babineaux and improved to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in District 7-5A.

H.L. Bourgeois trailed 5-3 after the first quarter and led 13-10 at halftime and 26-18 at the end of the third quarter.

"We have run good offense most of the time all season, but we have struggled to finish," Lady Braves coach Toney Linn said. "In all 10 of our wins, it has been like pulling teeth, but it's a credit to our girls for closing those games. I'm proud of my team. Our girls have fought and worked hard all year."

The Lady Braves also got six points from Destiny Shelby.

Central Lafourche (8-9, 0-3 in district) got six points each from Trudy Adams and Taima Danos.

DUTCHTOWN 60, SOUTH TERREBONNE 58, OT (BOYS)

At Bourg, the Gators fell to 4-12 overall with the nondistrict loss and got 26 points from Davontavean Martin, 12 points from Damian Charles and eight points each from Chandler Arceneaux and Rodney Carvin. Dutchtown improved to 15-2.

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 44, COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 28 (BOYS)

At Thibodaux, the Cardinals improved to 9-5 overall with the nondistrict win, and CCA fell to 7-7.

The Cardinals led 11-0 after the first quarter, 22-6 at halftime and 27-13 at the end of the third quarter and got a team-high 12 points from Winston Jones.

Thomas Drane and Datren Williams each scored seven points for the Lions.

ST. JAMES 66, WEST ST. JOHN 55 (BOYS)

At Edgard, the Wildcats improved to 8-9 with the nondistrict victory.

D'Kwan Sandolph led St. James with 12 points, Tevin Gros added 11 points and Jason Favorite scored 10 points.

West St. John fell to 2-6.

HOUMA CHRISTIAN 39, ECOLE CLASSIQUE 21 (BOYS)

At Metairie, the Warriors improved to 5-8 overall and 1-1 in District 9-1A.

Houma Christian led 13-4 after the first quarter, 19-8 at halftime and 29-15 at the end of the third quarter.

Manny Frye scored 12 points for Houma Christian, Devon Carter added 10 and Guy Campbell scored eight points.

ELLENDER 87, ST. JAMES 32 (GIRLS)

At St. James, the Lady Patriots led 52-15 at halftime, got 29 points from Kiara Scott and improved 9-5 with the nondistrict victory.

Nikkia Johnson added 19 points for Ellender, Sage Scott scored 11 points and Amari Banks had 10 points.

PATTERSON 49, SOUTH TERREBONNE 43 (GIRLS)

At Patterson, the Lady Gators fell to 4-12 overall with the nondistrict loss, and Patterson improved to 5-11 overall.

ASSUMPTION 70, DONALDSONVILLE 40 (GIRLS)

At Donaldsonville, the Lady Mustangs led 37-21 at halftime and got 28 points from Amanda Gianelloni in improving to 14-5 overall.

Kevreion Ward added 19 points for Assumption and Kayla Williams scored 12 points.

ALBANY 73, VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 44 (GIRLS)

At Albany, the Lady Terriers trailed 46-19 at halftime and fell to 7-11 overall with the nondistrict loss. Albany improved to 16-5 overall.

—Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy