Port Allen scored what many considered an upset against a hot Brusly squad in an inner-parish basketball showdown, but Coach Derrick Jones wants his players to put it behind them he said.
The Pelicans head into round two Friday night when they travel to the Panther court, where they hope they can upend Kirby Loupe’s Panthers. Brusly will seek revenge after the Pelicans eked past the Panthers 44-41 in non-district action.
“As for this Friday, it’s going to be completely different,” Jones said. “Brusly has to feel the game went away, they controlled it for more than three quarters, but we were able to do what had to be done to keep it out of their reach in the end.
“It’s going to be a war Friday, no doubt about it,” he said. “I look forward to it and our staff looks forward to it.”
The Pelicans were set to face 2A powerhouse French Settlement on Jan. 16, but icy conditions forced postponement of the game until early February.
PAHS will face 5A foe Dutchtown on Tuesday and begin District 7-2A fare against Dunham.
“You won’t find any easy games in this district, with Episcopal which is 21-1, plus Dunham and Church Academy are very tough, so we have our work cut out for us,” Jones said.
The tough pre-district schedule pit the Pels against a slew of Top 10 teams, many from upper classes. The quality of pre-district opposition should help PAHS in the district fray, Jones said,
“We don’t have a bad loss, but we’re going into this district run not really looking at district titles – we’re looking for the state title,” he said. “The district title matters, as do bragging rights, but we’re not here to win district titles. Our goal is to win state titles, and to do it this year, next year and the year after that.
“Every game has been a challenge, and we’ve beaten some teams that aren’t having great years, but the tough pre-district has really prepared us for what’s coming up, he said. “From the way we practice, do our post season conditioning and weight program, it’s all about the state title.”