GRAY – Ellender High started strong but ran into a roadblock known as the Destrehan defense during Friday’s nondistrict game at the Gene Simmons Memorial Basketball tournament hosted by H.L. Bourgeois.
The Patriots held Destrehan to 11 first half points and built an 11-point lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Destrehan turned the tables by holding Ellender to just three points. The Wildcats got turnovers and easy transition baskets in the paint to push past the Patriots, 50-42.
Ellender led 13-5 after the first quarter and 22-11 at halftime.
The game changed in the third quarter due to a 19-3 Destrehan run. The Wildcats held the Patriots scoreless for the last 5:05 left in the period to take a 30-25 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Destrehan built its largest lead at 38-29 after JR Blood scored a transition layup off a steal with 4:05 left.
Ellender tried to make a late rally, getting a 3-pointer from Darrius Lucas and a layup from Preston Bourda to cut the deficit to 45-42 in the final two minutes.
But Destrehan used its free throw shooting and points in the paint from Mako Marin (16 points) to seal the win.
It was the second time this season that Destrehan (10-2 overall) defeated Ellender (7-3 overall). The Wildcats picked up a 45-39 win over the Patriots at the Spur 70 Shootout Classic held at Assumption High on Dec. 1.
Ellender coach Cornell Scott said it was a similar result as the Patriots got off to an early lead before cold shooting in the third quarter cost it a chance to win on Dec. 1.
“It caught up with us again,” Scott said. “(Destrehan coach Todd Bourg) made a great halftime adjustment that got to us. Our young kids had trouble adjusting to what they were doing defensively. You can tell with some of the turnovers we had with bad passes. That’s just something that we have to work on as a young group.”
Zalvin Michael scored nine points for Destrehan.
Bourda led Ellender with 14 points, while Lucas scored eight points.
Scott said the Patriots are going through some growing pains, especially with nine freshmen and one returning player in senior Frank Robinson on their roster this season.
“It’s going to be some learning curves that we have to go through, but I think we’re doing a great job,” Scott said. “We played a great first half, struggled a little bit in the second half and picked it back up in the fourth. We still have a long season. I think they are growing every day. The more work they get, and the more times that they see things, I think that makes them an even better team.”
Destrehan advanced to the tournament championship today to play Westgate at 7 p.m. Ellender will take on Morgan City in the third place game at 5:30 p.m.
Other games will feature host H.L. Bourgeois vs. Terrebonne at 2:30 p.m. in the seventh place game and Assumption vs. Central Lafourche at 4 p.m. in the fifth place game.
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 59, H.L. BOURGEOIS 49 (at the Gene Simmons Memorial Basketball Tournament in Gray)
Score by quarter: Central Lafourche led 18-13 after the first quarter, 28-23 at halftime and 44-43 at the end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: Central Lafourche – Everette Jackson (18 points), Jansen Folse (nine points), Alex Sanders (eight points); H.L. Bourgeois – Julian Woods (20 points), Trovonne Taylor (13 points).
Records: Central Lafourche (2-3 overall); HLB (4-4 overall)
ASSUMPTION 54, TERREBONNE 51 (at the Gene Simmons Memorial Basketball Tournament in Gray)
Statistical leaders: Assumption – Jaiden Tyler (27 points), Marlon Robinson (13 points); Terrebonne – Anthony Ruffin Jr. (18 points), Taihgan Poindexter (15 points)
Records: Assumption (5-3 overall); Terrebonne (6-5 overall).
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 65, BERWICK 26 (at Thibodaux, nondistrict game)
Score by quarter: E.D. White led 22-3 after the first quarter, 40-8 at halftime and 57-23 at the end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: E.D. White – Quinn Strander (24 points), Matt Rodrigue (14 points), Ethan Soignet (10 points).
Records: EDW (3-2 overall); Berwick (0-9 overall)
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 78, HOUMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 32 (at Houma, nondistrict game)
Score by quarter: Central Catholic led 25-6 after the first quarter, 50-11 at halftime, and 65-18 at the end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: Houma Christian – Wes Spry (16 points).
Record: Central Catholic (4-3 overall); Houma Christian (2-7 overall).
BAKER 59, ST. JAMES 55 (at the Donaldsonville Tournament)
Record: St. James (2-11 overall); Baker (4-8 overall)