RICHWOOD — The Port Allen Pelicans traveled to this small north Louisiana town with an upset on their minds.
The No. 15-seeded Pelicans did all it could to keep down their No. 2-seeded foes, but the host team found its way out the hole.
Richwood survived 10 Port Allen three-pointers to eke out a 65-60 win Friday in Class 3A regional playoff action.
The Rams needed a late rally from standout Reginal “Monsta” Johnson to stave off the Pelicans, who dominated the first half and put up a solid fight against Richwood in the second half.
A Johnson layup in the last two minutes of action marked the beginning of the end for Port Allen. He led the way in a rally that gave Richwood an 11-point lead over the Pelicans as time gradually expired.
The Pelicans forced fouls to stop the clock, which gave PAHS an opening, but it wasn’t enough time to snatch the lead from Richwood.
Johnson finished with a game-high 29 points. Remond Brown scored 14.
Junior Nick Parker, who led the Pelicans with 21 points, had three buckets in a row for Port Allen’s first-quarter output, which tied Richwood.
Parker accounted for five of the Pelican three-pointers, while senior Jarius Turner – who finished with 19 – bucketed four.
Sophomore Ishmael Lane posted 13 points for PAHS.
The Pelicans put on a festival of three-pointers in the first half and led 25-24 at the intermission.
A Turner three-point bucket at the 5:20 mark gave the Pels a four-point advantage in the third quarter.
The Pelicans ended their season 16-10.
Richwood (22-7) were set to visit No. 23 seed Parkview Baptist in the quarterfinal round Tuesday, after press time.
The Pelicans advanced to the regionals after a 67-53 win at home against South Beauregard.
Port Allen opened to a 20-14 lead and held a 27-23 advantage at the half.
The Pels went on a 20-11 run in the third quarter and nipped SBHS 20-19 in the final stanza.
Parker powered the Pelicans with 21 points. Lane had 11, Turner scored 10, Nelson Allen had eight and Marcus Keyes six.
Allen had a pair of three-point buckets one Parker sunk one.