MORGANZA – A loss in the previous game and the forthcoming district schedule gave Brusly all the fuel it needed to outdo another district champion.
The defending 7-3A champion Panthers turned up their intensity a level in a 65-45 win over District 6-1A co-champion Pointe Coupee Central in non-district action last week.
Brusly (10-2) took a 10-point advantage over the Cougars in the first quarter and never let PCC reign in any closer on the BHS lead.
“The intensity level is so high with our kids,” Brusly coach Harold Boudreaux said. “If you see the kind of practices we’ve had lately, you’ll notice the intensity level is so big, and that’s why we’ve played so hard out there.”
Four Panthers scored in double digits against the Cougars, who dropped to 1-9.
DiMario Jackson powered Brusly with 18 points, while fellow senior Jay Christophe had 17. Traveon Thibodeaux scored 12 and Marcus Spears had 10.
Christophe had a pair of three-point goals, while Jackson and Donald Williams each had one.
“We looked good tonight, but there are still little mistakes we need to fix,” Boudreaux said. “We just have to keep getting better and get that big turnaround before we get to the really big games.”
The Panthers wasted no time in their domination of PCC. Three-point buckets by Williams and Christophe, along with four points by Thibodeaux, propelled a 20-point showing in the first quarter.
The 10 PCC points in the first quarter included a Donald Modeust three-pointer, and four points by Kevin Bourgeois (who led the Cougars with 18 points).
Christophe hit his second three-pointer and posted four additional points in the second quarter.
Jackson, meanwhile, went 6-for-6 at the free throw line and hit a three-point basket from midcourt at the halftime buzzer to give BHS a 44-22 lead over the Cougars.
“That shot helped boost his confidence,” Boudreaux said. “It goes back to what I’ve said about the intensity, and we’re all playing very hard right now.”
The mid- court shot drew a roar from the crowd before both teams headed to the locker rooms.
“It surprised me, too,” Jackson said. “We played hard because we knew we had to bounce back from that loss against Madison Prep. We needed to put that one behind us.”
The Panthers grinded out 10 points in the third quarter, including two baskets by Thibodeaux. Spears, Christophe and Jackson also scored for a 52-28 BHS lead going into the final quarter.
Spears netted four points in the fourth for the Panthers.
Ernest Lemay bucketed 10 points, while Jay Modeliste had nine and Trey Well eight for PCC.
Brusly competes this week in the Madison Prep Classic on the campus of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. The Panthers were set to open action Thursday against Beau Chene.