Big second quarter lifts Patriots over Gators

Ellender's Curtis Anderson (22) goes for a jumper during Monday's game against South Terrebonne. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)

Trailing rival South Terrebonne by four points entering the second quarter, the Ellender Patriots were in need of some sort of spark.

Instead, Patriots sophomore Curtis Anderson provided a flame.

Anderson scored the first eight points of the second quarter, including two 3-pointers, and gave the Patriots the lead for good as Ellender took a 64-51 District 8-4A victory over the Gators on Monday night from Houma.

"We were lacking on defense (in the first quarter), but we got a couple of turnovers and I hit a couple of 3s," Anderson said. "My role is to come in and hit big shots and play good defense."

Anderson and teammate Andre Tillman led the Patriots (20-3 overall, 3-0 in district) with 17 points each and Leland Alexander added 10 points.

After trailing 16-12 after the first quarter, Ellender outscored the Patriots 23-7 in the second quarter for a 35-23 halftime lead.

"The second quarter, and we missed too many foul shots throughout the night. You can't do that against a good team," South Terrebonne coach David Neal said. "I am very pleased that we denied them second shots. They got some, but not like they normally do. It also took us too long to get into our zone press offense in the second quarter. We played with them. They didn't come out here and rub our nose into the ground."

Ellender led by as much as 19 points at 50-31 with 1:09 to play in the third quarter, but the Gators cut the lead to 10 at 60-50 with 2:42 left to play in the game on a layup from Damian Charles, but four straight points by the Patriots ended any hopes for a further South Terrebonne (4-17, 0-3 in district) rally and sealed the win for Ellender.

"Coach Neal is a good coach and he always has a good game plan," Ellender coach Cornell Scott said. "With this weather, I don't think we were prepared to play. We got our legs under us (in the second quarter) and were able to play some pressure defense and I think that kind of stirred them up a little bit. Anytime they tried to make a run after that, we were able to answer them."

The Gators got 15 points from Kyle Barker, 13 points from Chandler Arceneaux and 12 points from Da'Vontaveon Martin.

The game was scheduled for tonight, but inclement weather pushed it to Monday night.




At Houma, the Lady Patriots improved to 15-5 and 5-0 in District 7-4A and got 24 points from Kiara Scott and 15 points each from Sage Scott and Nikkia Johnson.

Ellender led 47-8 at halftime and South Terrebonne fell to 4-16 and 0-4 in district.




At Gray, the Braves improved to 16-7 and 5-2 in District 7-5A and Terrebonne fell to 5-18 and 0-7 in district.




At Gray, the Lions improved to 11-9 overall and to 4-2 in District 9-1A and the Warriors fell to 10-10 and 3-3 in district.

The Warriors led 14-11 after the first quarter and 28-27 at halftime. The Lions led 39-32 at the end of the third quarter.

Datren Williams led CCA with 19 points, Marquel Daigle and Caleb Ledet had 11 points each. Guy Campbell led Houma Christian with 31 points.




At Gray, the Lady Braves got 15 points and 17 rebounds from Kiara Freeman and 10 points each from Stephanie Coleman and Jessica Coleman and improved to 12-9 overall and 4-5 in district.

The Lady Braves led 9-6 after the first quarter, 18-13 at halftime and 33-21 at the end of the third quarter.

Terrebonne got 14 points from Roynisha James and fell to 7-16 overall and to 1-8 in district.




At New Orleans, the Lady Wildcats improved to 4-21 and 1-1 in District 10-2A and Sci Academy fell to 1-8 overall and 0-2 in district.




At Gray, the Lady Lions got 20 points from Kira Coleman and nine points from Bree Harding in improving to 13-7 overall and 5-1 in District 9-1A.

CCA fell to 2-13 and 1-6 in district.