The #19 seeded Brusly Panthers basketball squad travelled to Vidalia and beat Vidalia’s Vikings 56-48 in the first round of playoffs Friday night.
“We needed that win,” said Panther head coach Harold Boudreaux. “It was our first playoff win on the road in the five years that I’ve been there. The kids were excited about that. Vidalia played really hard, and they did everything that I expected them to defensively and offensively, but we played really well too. We worked hard to get that win.”
Travin Thibodeaux had a huge night - one of the biggest in his high school career, achieving a triple-double with 22 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots.
“It was the best I’ve ever seen him play,” said Boudreaux.
Michael Bryant and Shawn Freeman scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.
“We had some good scoring from the right guys at the right time,” said Boudreaux.
The Panthers played Division 7-3A co-champs, #3-seeded University High Cubs Tuesday, March 4 in Brusly. Due to the West Side Journal’s Mardi Gras holiday early Monday deadline, the outcome of Brusly’s second round game versus U-High will be published in next week’s edition.
“We’ve played them twice this season,” said Boudreaux. “They are what they are: they’re good. They’re really well coached and they’re big, like David and Goliath, and we just have to be ready to battle. The kids have had good attitudes the past few practices; we just have to believe that we can get it done. You can make it happen if you believe.”