Brusly chalked a win Monday in its return from the Thanksgiving break, but it wasn’t an easy day back for the Panthers.
Coach Harold Boudreaux’s Panthers turned back the challenge of a feisty Family Christian Academy 79-62 in non-district action at Brusly High School.
Brusly (3-1) rallied for 25 points in the second quarter for a 40-31 halftime lead. The Panthers grinded 20 points in the final stanza.
“We’re playing hard and good in spurts, but we’re not there yet,” Boudreaux said. “After a few days, we’ll be alright. As for now, we need more time on the court.”
Micah Spears led Brusly with 19 points. DiMario Jackson had 16 points, while Jay Christophe netted 15 and Donald Williams had 12.
“We still have some time to put in,” Boudreaux said. “We need more playing time together, but it should come back quick because these players know the program already. I just have to be patient and work with it.”
Spears scored nine points in the first quarter to propel Brusly to a 15-13 lead.
Jackson netted eight of Brusly’s 15 points in the second quarter, including all three free throw attempts. The senior finished 6-for-7 from the line.
Christophe – who went 7 for 8 on free throws – bucketed all four shots at the line in the second quarter. He also had a two-point basket.
He scored his other nine points in the third quarter, with three of four shots off free throws.
Williams had five points in the second quarter and a three-point goal in the third.
Michael Bryant fired the only other three-point shot.
Family Christian chalked 13 points apiece in the first and third quarters and 18 apiece in the second and fourth.
James Holmes scored the game-high 28 points for FCA.
BHS hosts its annual tournament Wednesday through Friday.
The Panthers visit former district rival West Feliciana on Dec. 4.
Brusly competes in the Robert Grace Invitational Classic Dec. 6-8 at East Iberville High School.