A big fourth-quarter run propelled the Brusly Panthers to a 60-41 win at home over the Vermilion Catholic Screamin’ Eagles Jan. 22.
It was a six-point game at the end of three quarters, but a 17-3 run in the fourth left the Panthers with a 20-point lead.
After what Brusly head coach Kirby Loupe called sloppy playing in the first half, he put the bench in and took the srating five out of the game.
"I think that lit a fire under our starting five," Loupe said. "They cut to 32-31, we put them back in, and before we knew it, it was a 20-point lead. Kudos to our kids for responding.”
Davis Stovall snatched an offensive rebound and scored early to send Brusly into the second quarter with a 20-8 lead.
Clay Gauthreaux drilled a corner three with less than one minute left in the first half that gave Brusly a 29-16 lead.
After the break, Vermilion Catholic chipped away at the deficit. Ethan Lege’s layup trimmed the Brusly lead to 32-26. Rob Allums hit a three and Blair Turner sank two free throws, which made it a 32-31 game in favor of the Panthers.
Following a timeout, the Brusly starters were put back on the court and the rout began.
Three players scored double figures, led by Stovall with 12 points, followed by Nick Penell with 11 and Jaylen Forest added 10.
Loupe said his team needs to work on its focus as the regular season winds down heading into the playoffs.
“We have a young team. We really play one senior. For us it’s mental focus,” Loupe said. “We show up and play teams that we think we’re better than, we just kind of just go through the motions. Some of that is youth and some of that is I have to do a better job of getting those guys focused and prepared.”
Brusly followed up the win over Vermilion Catholic with a 64-52 win on the road over the Baker Buffaloes last Friday.
The win improved Brusly’s record to 13-8.