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Destrehan slows down Terrebonne

Terrebonne's Alden Wesley (24) attempts to drive the lane between a trio of Destrehan defenders during Wednesday's District 7-5A game in Houma. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)

Terrebonne High's boys basketball team had chances to get rhythm going during the early portions of its District 7-5A opener against Destrehan on Wednesday.

The Tigers got good looks at potential scoring plays only to see it end with costly missed shots, turnovers or fouls.

Those missed chances ended up being a main reason for Terrebonne's 70-50 loss to Destrehan.

Terrebonne stood tall with Destrehan early in the first quarter.

The Tigers (5-12 overall, 0-1 in district) took a 7-6 lead after a 3-pointer from Raikwon Fluker. After Destrehan scored transition baskets off turnovers, Terrebonne's Devlin Aubert hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 13. Clifton Adams scored a lay-up in the final minute that gave the Wildcats a 15-13 advantage after the first quarter.

Destrehan (9-9, 1-0 in district) started to hit several jumpers and increase its defensive intensity in the second quarter. The Wildcats had a 7-2 run that pushed its lead to 22-15. Following a putback dunk from Terrebonne's Emonie Nelson, Destrehan closed out the second quarter on a 9-2 run that helped it take a 31-19 lead at halftime.

Destrehan forced nine of Terrebonne's 24 turnovers in the second quarter.

"I think the difference in the game was that we played some pretty good defense," Destrehan coach Todd Bourg said. "We were playing on the road against a pretty good team here, and they hit shots early. We put pressure defense, and when we finally decided to stay in man, I thought we did a very good job. The defense was definitely the key. It's always tough to open up district on the road. I was proud of my guys."

Terrebonne coach Derek Szush said the Tigers failed to take advantage of scoring opportunities.

"We didn't play with any consistency again (Wednesday night)," Szush said. "We can push the ball up the floor, but we don't get our heads up to look at times. Even when we did play good, Destrehan hit a couple of shots. They shot it well. They are a good team."

Destrehan opened up a 39-22 lead halfway through the third quarter. After the Wildcats went up 51-24 on a three-point play from Korian Reynaud, the Tigers got two free-throws from Nelson and a lay-up at the buzzer from Damian Hamilton to cut the deficit to 51-28 at the end of the third quarter.

Terrebonne continued to fight in the fourth quarter, getting a three-point play from Nelson and a lay-up from Hamilton off a Jordan Wesley assist to make it 55-35 Destrehan with 6:55 remaining.

Terrebonne scored 22 team points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to catch up with the Wildcats, which got 16 points each from Adams and Reynaud, 13 points from Tyron Clark and nine points from Aaron Labrie.

Nelson led Terrebonne with 12 points, Da'Vaughn Guano and Fluker each scored nine points and Hamilton added eight points.

After several spirited team practices leading up to the game, Szush said the Tigers were energized to start the district slate strong, but he said his young team still have some growing to do. New Tiger players in Wesley and Reggie Theriot got their first action of the season on Wednesday, and they are playing without second-leading scorer Keyshawn George, who is out with a foot injury.

Szush said the Tigers still have plenty of varsity district games and junior-varsity contests left to improve.

"We had a couple of new guys that got some time tonight," Szush said. "You can see there is talent here. We're going to be OK. We're going to get a lot of work in. That's the best way to do it. We're going to practice and we're going to see who we're going to put out there on the court. We'll get better."


At Houma, the Lady Wildcats pushed their record to 16-1 overall and 1-0 in district with the win.

Destrehan held leads of 21-4 at the end of the first quarter, 34-12 at halftime and 53-14 at the end of the third quarter.

Roynisha James led Terrebonne (6-11, 0-1 in district) with 10 points.