Brusly’s basketball team lost two of three games during the White Castle Tournament, which took place last Monday-Wednesday, November 25-27.
The Panthers lone victory came in their first game, against Istrouma High. Brusly took the contest 53-42 on the shoulders of 6’7” senior, Travin Thibodeaux, who scored a game high 23 points. Shawn Freeman was second in scoring for the Panthers with 10.
During the second day of play Brusly was pitted against their cross-town rival, Port Allen, who bested them 68-57.
The Panthers were unable to stop Port Allen point guard Nick Parker, who scored 39 points and tallied 10 rebounds.
Thibodeaux and Freeman, once again, were the high scorers for the Panthers, scoring 23 and 12, respectively.
“Port Allen is a very strong team. They’re good this year. We hung in there real tough, but they got us in the end,” said Brusly basketball head coach Harold Boudreaux.
During Brusly’s game against Assumption High School Wednesday night, Boudreaux said, the Panthers had their worst showing of the tournament.
“We played Assumption and we took five steps backwards,” he said.
Four Assumption players scored in double-figures as they defeated Brusly 56-41.
Boudreaux attributed the poor play to the Panthers’ youth this season.
“I’ve just been spoiled the last few years with the seniors I had. We are in a rebuilding stage at Brusly – from Point Guard to the last person on the bench, we’ve got to keep working and keep getting better,” he said.
Thibodeaux, who had game highs in both of the Panthers’ previous games in the tournament, scored only eight points while Brusly’s other leading scorer, Freeman scored a menial five.
The lone bright spot for the Panthers during their loss to Assumption was Michael Bryant, who scored 15 points with five 3-pointers in the game.
“We showed a lot of good things… We’ve just collapsed at the wrong time,” said Boudreaux, adding that though the team is young, they are tough and willing to learn. “I’m trying to make our defense our offense, telling them that if we can show up defensively, it will help us with our offense.”