Lane scores career-high 20 points in PAHS win against Donaldsonville
The usual standouts did their part last week in Port Allen’s district win against Donaldsonville, but a younger player gave the Pelicans their biggest jolt.
The battle against Donaldsonville marked a breakout game for sophomore Ishmael Lane, a 6-1 center who chalked a career-high 20 points for the Pelicans in a 69-62 win at Port Allen High School.
Lane also had 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for PAHS.
“I didn’t expect it,” he said. “I just wanted to play hard, contribute to the team and do what I needed to do.”
The win set the stage for what promises to be a fierce second-round battle for the 7-3A championship.
St. James remains the frontrunner, while Brusly and E.D. White have only two losses in the first round.
Port Allen played with the momentum it needs in a tightly contested district, PAHS coach Brandon Ricard said.
“Everyone stepped up,” he said. “What we stressed that if the big guys wanted to get in the game and continue to have guards open it up for us so we could be successful, they had to catch the ball and finish.
“Tonight, Ishmael was finishing left and right through traffic, bumps and bruises, making free throws … he had a breakout game,” Ricard said. “He was the player of the game, in my opinion.”
The Pelicans dealt Donaldsonville its first district loss of the season.
PAHS only needed to look at last season for a little fuel to spark a win over Donaldsonville. After splitting a showing in district last season, the Pelicans topped the Tigers in a district tiebreaker, only to have the Tigers eliminate them in the Class 3A regional playoff round.
Port Allen (12-6, 3-1) headed toward the end of first-round district action with a 42-25 win over E.D. White that kept the Pelicans in strong contention for 7-3A honors. The two wins added even more fuel to the sizzling Port Allen-Brusly showdown, which was set for Tuesday night (after press time).
Donaldsonville took the edge on Port Allen the first half, with a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 30-27 halftime advantage.
The Pelicans broke loose with 22 points in the third quarter for a 49-47 lead.
Nick Parker netted 18 points, while Jarius Turner and Nelson Allen each had 10. Nigel Allen had six and Joshua Walker bucketed five.
Parker shot 12-for-18 at the free throw line and scored nine points in the final quarter.
Port Allen also drew steam from the 53-50 loss against 7-3A frotrunner St. James in the district opener.
“We felt we had a lot to prove tonight,” Lane said. “Our goal was to go undefeated at home, so we had to get past the loss to St. James and get back on track.”
Brandon Bernard led Donaldsonville with 17 points, while Jamal Jones had 13 and Jeremy Jones eight.
Against EDW, the Pels erupted for 23 points in the third quarter – more than the sum of the three other quarters – in a low-scoring battle.
PAHS led 6-4 at the end of the first quarter and 8-6 at the half.
The Pelicans held the Cardinals to 13 points in the third quarter and six in the fourth.
Parker led the Pelicans with 10 points, while Lane had eight and Nigel Allen scored seven. Parker had two three-pointers, while Nelson Allen, Turner and Walker each had one.
Port Allen travels Friday to St. James, which remained in the district lead after a 71-30 rout last week over St. Charles.