The Port Allen Pelicans celebrated Senior Night with a 57-22 win over Glen Oaks Tuesday night in their last game of the regular season.
Nick Parker scored a game-high 16 points for the Pelicans and simultaneously broke the 2,500 point mark for his high school basketball career.
Parker along with his three fellow seniors, Adron Franklin, Josh Walker, and Javel Grant, were recognized before the game as part of the Senior Night ceremonies.
“This group of seniors have the best character of the kids I’ve had since I’ve been at Port Allen,” said Pelicans Head Basketball Coach Brandon Ricard. “I’d like to see them go as far as they can. They’re a really good group of kids.”
All four Seniors agreed that they will miss each of their teammates and the camaraderie most after they graduate.
“I’m just going to miss being around the team,” said Parker.
Walker echoed the sentiment, saying “I’ll miss the family bond that the team shared.”
“This is my family,” said Grant.
Franklin said that being a part of the Pelicans’ basketball squad was one of the highlights of his four years at Port Allen High.
“The things I’m going to miss most are having fun with my players and coaches and just being a Pelican, period,” said Franklin. “The highlights of the season are being in the running for district championship and gaining a special bond between all the players on the team.”
After a hectic last couple of weeks of the regular season in district 7-3A, the Pels found themselves in a three-way tie with U-High and West Feliciana for district champs. Before the season began, it had been decided that a tie would be broken with a flip of a coin, but no one foresaw a three-way tie, so the coaches were unsure how to choose rankings.
Walt Lemoine, principal of Brusly High and the District Chairperson, assisted in breaking the tie. “The athletic directors from each of the three schools met at Brusly High and drew pieces of paper from a jar,” said Lemoine. “All three teams were already in the playoffs, and if they had chosen to play against each other, they would’ve had to play by Saturday. It’s still a three-way tie for first place, but it had to be reported to the LHSAA for playoffs.”
Ricard said that the Pels selected the piece of paper that awarded them the second highest seed in the district, behind U-High.
“U-High selected the whole point, Port Allen pulled the half point, and West Feliciana didn’t receive anything,” explained Coach Ricard. “We’re all still number one for district champions, but something had to be done for playoff purposes. We just decided to draw rather than play.”
Port Allen, the #5 seed, will play #28 Independence Friday at home at 7 p.m.
“At this point, every game can be your last,” said Ricard. “You have to take it seriously. I’m confident we can play well, but anyone can win in playoffs.”
In the words of senior Javel Grant, “It ain’t over yet.”