Braves turn up heat vs. Bulldogs

H.L. Bourgeois player Isaac Allridge (12) goes up for a dunk as teammate Teren Morris (10) and Centerville's Courtland Pogue (14) watch on Thursday night at H.L. Bourgeois in Gray. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)

GRAY — Leading by just two points at the end of the first quarter over Centerville, H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet used a little advice from his assistant coach James Landry.

The Braves were up 18-16 after the first period, and the coaches decided to switch defensive gears from a full-court press to a half-court trap.

"Coach Landry made a great suggestion to go to a half-court trap to get us in a rhythm," Caillouet said.

The move turned out to be a winner for H.L. Bourgeois.

The Braves used their half-court defense to force turnovers and get quick baskets in transition, which helped them turn a close game in the first quarter into a 78-56 win in the first-day of the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament held at H.L. Bourgeois.

H.L. Bourgeois (5-1) outscored the Bulldogs, 29-11, in the second quarter, which put it up 47-27 at halftime. The Braves coasted from there, taking a 63-40 advantage at the end of the third quarter and increasing the lead to as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter.

And Caillouet said it all started with the change of flow in the second quarter.

"When we went to the full-court pressure, it wasn't very effective. When we went to the half-court pressure, it actually made it an up-tempo game," Caillouet said. "I thought that was the difference in the game. It was a good quality win. Centerville is not a bad ball club, but that second quarter was huge."

The Braves had four double-digit scorers, which included 26 points from Marlin Bonvillain, 16 points from Isaac Allridge, 12 points from Chris Harris and 10 points from Teren Morris.

Allridge said the Braves take pride in forcing teams into pressure situations, so when Centerville (9-4) made it a close game in the first quarter, he knew it was time to turn up the heat in the second quarter.

"It was real important to turn up the pressure because it was a close game early in the first half," Allridge said. "We got it going in the second quarter, and we didn't give it up after that. We just have to keep up the same intensity on defense. We've got to start out from the beginning like that and not wait until the second quarter to do it."

Eight of H.L. Bourgeois' nine players scored in the game.

"They don't have a lot of bodies, but they play hard, and they run the floor," Centerville coach Randy Bergeron said. "They can beat you off the dribble and push it and shoot. If you can't defend them off the dribble, that's playing right into their hands. We definitely didn't do that (Thursday). We didn't defend well on the perimeter, and they took advantage. That's their game, and we couldn't stop them."

Jumanji Washington led Centerville with 19 points, and Juwan Thomas had 16.

The Gene Simmons Tournament continues today at H.L. Bourgeois with four games featuring Terrebonne vs. Central Lafourche at 3:30 p.m., Centerville vs. Houma Christian at 5 p.m., Vandebilt Catholic vs. South Terrebonne at 6:30 p.m. and H.L. Bourgeois vs. Ellender at 8 p.m.




In the opening game of the Gene Simmons tournament, the Gators outscored the Tigers 12-10 in the fourth quarter for their first win of the season.

South Terrebonne (1-3) led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and 25-19 at halftime before Terrebonne rallied to take a 36-33 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Chandler Arceneaux led South Terrebonne with 14 points, while Patrick Wilson added 10 points and Tyrone Smith had eight points.

William Moses led Terrebonne (3-5) with 13 points, while DeShaun Diggs and Kavaughn Wesley each added eight points. Diggs, who is Terrebonne's leading scorer, sat out the first-half on punishment by Terrebonne's coaches and only played in the second half.




In the second game of the Gene Simmons tournament on Thursday, Lionheart Leslie scored 24 points to spark the Terriers to victory.

Vandebilt (2-2) led 17-6 after the first quarter, 31-21 at halftime and 43-33 at the end of the third quarter.

Elijah McGuire, who saw action on the basketball court for the first time this season, finished with nine points for Vandebilt. Payton Barrios scored nine points. Josh Joseph led Central Lafourche (3-3) with 13 points.



In the third game of the Gene Simmons tournament, the Patriots overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to rally back and pick up a close win.

Ellender (5-2) led 14-12 after the first quarter, 22-20 at halftime and 38-35 at the end of the third quarter.

In the final minute, Houma Christian (2-2) took a 43-42 lead on two free throws from Nate Frye, but Ellender answered back with two free throws from Justin Johnson to go ahead 44-43 with 34.8 seconds left. The Patriots forced a steal on the next possession, which led to a fastbreak layup by Johnson to make it 46-43.

Houma Christian got one final chance to tie it late in the last seconds, but Frye's desperation 3-pointer from mid-court fell short. Jaylen Coleman led Ellender with 15 points, while Leland Alexander added nine points and Johnson scored eight. Frye led Houma Christian with 18 points, while Guy Campbell scored 12 points and John Broussard added 11 points.