Regular season boy’s basketball action ends Friday – and even that biggest break heading into the finale. The Wildcats were set to visit St. Charles, which has not yet won a district game.
Confused? Here’s the equation: Port Allen needed the win at E.D. White Tuesday, while Brusly could eliminate Donaldsonville from contention with a win Tuesday.
St. James, meanwhile, needs the wins over St. Charles and Donaldsonville to maintain ground.
Brusly remains in the driver’s seat for the district title. The fierce battle comes as no surprise to Panther coach Harold Boudreaux.
“You have to respect every opponent” he said. “Any given team can be beaten on any given night. There are no easy games in this district.”
The logjam started with a Port Allen win over St. James, followed by a Panther win over the Wildcats.
Donaldsonville’s win Friday against Port Allen poured more gas on the fire.
A four-way tie would add two more games to each team’s 7-3A schedule.
It was a similar picture for Port Allen last year. The Pelicans needed a win over Donaldsonville to finish in a tie for second.
LAST WEEK …
Brusly came one step closer to a repeat as district champs with wins over St. James and St. Charles.
Port Allen trounced St. Charles, but Donaldsonville topped the Pelicans after losing to PAHS in first-round action.
BRUSLY—In action against St. James, Jay Christophe and Micah Spears led with 15 and 14 points, respectively, in a 57-46 win over the visiting Wildcats.
The loss marked the second for SJHS, which lost to Port Allen the previous Friday.
BHS inched past SJHS 16-14 in the first quarter and led 30-25 at the half.
It hardly fazed St. James, which rallied for 16 points in the third to come within a point of the Panthers.
Brusly held back SJHS 15-5 in the final quarter.
Michael Bryant had two three-point buckets for Brusly.
Against St. Charles, the Panthers coasted to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and led 30-19 at the half en route to a 64-24 rout over St. Charles, which remained winless in 7-3A fare.
The Panthers held the Comets to single digit scoring in all four quarters. Brusly allowed SCHS only eight points in the third and five in the fourth.
Donald Williams paced Brusly with 19 points. Jay Christophe and Micah Spears each had 12 and Demario Jackson 10.
Williams also had four shots from three-point range, while Michael Bryant had one.
PORT ALLEN – Nick Parker had the game-high 26 points for Port Allen, while Jamal Jones had 25 in a wild shootout that Donaldsonville won 64-58 on Friday.
The Tigers inched the visiting Pelicans 14-12 in the first quarter and led 32-26 at the half.
PAHS trailed 47-38 at the end of the third and posted 20 points in the fourth.
Jarius Turner had 14 points and Terion Allen six for the Pels. Parker churned out four three-pointers and Joshua Walker had one for PAHS.
Three nights earlier, the Pelicans exceeded 20 points in each quarter of a 90-27 rout over St. Charles.
The Pelicans breezed to a 24-10 lead in the first quarter and held a lopsided 50-16 advantage at the half. The Pels continued their onslaught with 20 points in the third quarter, and a 20-2 run in the final stanza.
Turner and Parker powered the Pels with 14 apiece, while Nigel Allen had 13 and Darian Claiborne 12. Telson Allen and Ishmael Lane each had 11.
Parker rallied for four three-pointers, while Turner and Nigel Allen each had three.