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Pels survive first round scare

Written by Claire Chenevert on .

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Trailing by seven points at halftime, the #5 seeded Port Allen Pelicans’ rocky start against #28 seeded Independence in the first round of District 3A playoffs wasn’t going cause the home team to hang their heads

- they knew they still had another half to go.

During the first round of high school playoffs Friday night, Port Allen pulled away from a possible upset by Independence, winning with a final score of 53-49.

“I was disappointed in the level of intensity when the game first started,” said Pelican head basketball coach Brandon Ricard. “We were really lethargic in the first half, but in the second half we came back, put it together, and were able to get a victory over a really good team.”

“Independence came and took it to us,” said Ricard. “We were missing shots and missing free throws, and we weren’t playing great team defense. Everything that could go wrong in the first half did, but we made some adjustments at halftime, came out, and took control of the game.”

By the end of the third quarter, the Pels had taken a two-point lead over the Tigers.

“They made a little run in the fourth quarter, but we survived,” said Coach Ricard. “I’m really proud of the boys and their comeback.”

Port Allen senior point guard Nick Parker lead the Pels’ scoring attack with 17 points, followed by Ishmael Lane’s 12 points. Cousins Nigel and Telson Allen each scored eight more for the Pelicans.

On Tuesday, March 4, the Pelicans faced the #12 seeded Port Barre Red Devils in Port Allen. Due to the West Side Journal’s early deadline, Monday afternoon, due to the Mardi Gras holiday, the outcome of Tuesday night’s game will be printed in next week’s edition.

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