Braves hold off Patriots in tourney semifinals

Ellender's Eric Welch (right) dribbles as he is defended by H.L. Bourgeois's Marlin Bonvillain (13) during Friday's action at the Gene Simmons Memorial Basketball Tournament in Gray. H.L. Bourgeois won, 74-70, to reach the championship game. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)

GRAY — The Ellender Patriots simply could not catch the H.L. Bourgeois Braves on Friday night.

Despite numerous occasions when the Patriots cut the Braves lead to 6, 5, 4 or 3 points late in the game, a big basket by H.L. Bourgeois, a turnover by Ellender or a couple of free throws by the Braves led to a 74-70 H.L. Bourgeois victory on Day 2 in the semifinals of the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament.

"We couldn't get over it. We got it to 3 or 5, but H.L. Bourgeois did what they were supposed to do," Ellender coach Cornell Scott said. "They always came back with a nice big bucket to get them back in their comfort zone, but my guys fought hard. They are growing up right now."

H.L. Bourgeois (6-1 overall) got 25 points from Isaac Allridge, 21 points from Marlin Bonvillain and eight points each from Dovante Dickerson and Isaiah Van Buren.

"I am happy we won the game, but that is where about my happiness stops," Braves coach Andrew Caillouet said. "A lot of that is to Ellender's credit. We didn't run offense all night long. We missed so many easy shots. We missed free throws, and we played horrible defense. We got killed on the boards. The most positive thing we did was we attacked the offensive boards"

The Braves led 17-10 after the first quarter.

At the end of the second quarter, Ellender's Cameron Parfait scored in the lane then got a quick steal and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the Braves lead to 33-28 at halftime.

H.L. Bourgeois led by as much as 10 in the third quarter, but Ellender (5-3) got as close as three points in the period and trailed 53-47 at its end on the strength of an off-balance 3-pointer by Allridge.

In the fourth quarter, the Patriots, who got 17 points from Parfait, 15 points from Eric Welch, 12 points from Jaylen Coleman and 11 points from Michael Steward, got as close as three points twice in the final 1:10 but some H.L. Bourgeois free throws helped the Braves take the win.

"We found a way to get it done despite some stupid plays," Caillouet said. "I am happy with the win and happy to be 6-1, but being happy about our offensive rebounding is about where it stops."

Scott said the Patriots allowed too many offensive rebounds and putbacks.

"They are just so athletic," Scott said of the Braves. "You can't just turnaround and rebound. You have to box those guys out. That is something we have to work on."

In the final day of the tournament hosted by the Braves today, H.L. Bourgeois will play Vandebilt Catholic at 7 tonight in the championship game.

"We wanted to get to the championship game," Caillouet said. "We know Vandebilt will end up somewhere between 20 and 25 wins so that will be our biggest power point game of the season to date."

Also today, South Terrebonne will play Ellender at 5:30 p.m. in the third-place game, Terrebonne will play Houma Christian at 4 p.m. in the fifth-place game and Central Lafourche will play Centerville at 2:30 p.m. in the seventh-place game.


In the third game of the day on Friday at the Gene Simmons Tournament, the Terriers got 19 points from Lionheart Leslie, 16 points from Malcolm Wolfe, 15 points from Elijah McGuire and 14 points (four 3-pointers) from Peyton Barrios in advancing to the title game.

The Terriers (3-2) led 18-12 after the first quarter, 44-16 after the third quarter and 58-30 at the end of the third quarter.

Damien Charles had 10 points for the Gators (1-4) and Patrick Wilson and Chandler Arceneaux each added nine points.


In the first game of the day on Friday at the Gene Simmons Tournament, the Tigers improved to 4-5 overall after getting out to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter.

DeShaun Diggs led the Tigers with 18 points, and Alden Wesley added 11 points.

Central Lafourche fell to 3-4 overall.


In the second game of the day on Friday at the Gene Simmons Tournament, Nate Frye scored 19 points to lead the Warriors to the one-point win.

Houma Christian led 15-12 after the first quarter, 22-21 at halftime and 37-31 at the end of the third quarter.

Guy Campbell and John Broussard each added 12 points for the Warriors (3-2).


At the Epicopal-Baton Rouge Tournament, the Cardinals outscored the Knights, 20-6, in the fourth quarter to take the lead and pull away for the win.

The score was tied at 10 after the first quarter and 18 at halftime, but Episcopal outscored E.D. White (3-2), 11-8, in the third quarter.

Stephen LeBouef led the Cardinals with 14 points, and Geoffrey Hebet (13) and Logan Gravois (10) also scored in double figures.


At the East Iberville Tournament, the Wildcats (6-1) advanced to today's championship game against Brusly with a win over East Iberville.

Jared Wiggins led St. James with 26 points. Also scoring in double figures were Owen Mumphry (18) and Brian Winchester (16).


At Gray, Rommel Edwards scored 12 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Lions (5-0) to a win on Friday.

Covenant Christian led throughout — 8-3 after the first quarter, 25-11 at halftime and 39-18 after the third quarter.

Brandon Woods added 10 points, and Mark George finished with nine points and six steals.