Defensive pressure and unselfishness on offense was the key to the Port Allen Pelicans’ 52-25 win over Capitol at the Port Allen jamboree Thursday night, which kicked off the start to basketball season.
Port Allen made the most of the two 10-minute halves, jumping out to an early lead and never looking back. The Pelicans never trailed in the game.
“We have a whole lot we have to work on,” said Port Allen head coach Derrick Jones. “I like the way we shared the ball. I thought we were unselfish on offense. I liked defensively we gave effort. We still have a lot of things we need to clean up. We changed a couple of things conceptually in what we’re doing and they’re still trying to grasp it a little bit, but for the most part, guys competed hard and they were unselfish, which is what we ask them to do every game.”
Jalen Knox drilled a three with under six minutes left in the opening half that put the Pelicans ahead 10-2. Port Allen led 24-13 at halftime.
Jyron Allen’s three gave Port Allen a 38-21 advantage midway through the second half. Gerrod Franklin’s layup a few possessions later put the Pelicans ahead 41-22.
Franklin led the Pelicans in scoring with 17 points. Knox was also in double figures with 12. Allen and Julien Jarvis added seven points apiece.
Jones said Thursday’s game was another opportunity to evaluate his players in a different situation.
“Just getting the butterflies out, putting the uniforms on, getting in front of the fans, just getting that out of the way before it actually counts,” Jones said. “That’s a big part of it. You’re always evaluating what carries over from what they’re doing in practice to games.”
Port Allen opens the season at home against Livonia on Tuesday, following the girls game.
Lady Pelicans earn 15-point win
Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the Port Allen Lady Pelicans also earned a double-digit win, holding the Capitol Lady Lions to five points in a 20-5 win.
Port Allen held Capitol scoreless for most of the first half and went into the break with a 13-3 advantage.
Braylah Pierson led the Lady Pelicans with seven points. The Lady Pelicans open the season Tuesday night at home against Livonia at 5:30 p.m.
Lady Panthers top Livonia
A fast start propelled the Brusly Lady Panthers to a 36-16 win over Livonia Thursday night.
Brusly jumped out to an 11-2 lead early in the first half and extended the lead to 27-11 at halftime.
“I see them slowly stepping up and accepting the challenge,” said Brusly associate head coach Shawn Bradford. “This summer we worked our butts off trying to get better and we saw some results. It’s not where we wanted to be yet, but I think we’re taking steps in the right direction.”
Brusly’s man-to-man defense, coupled with a full-court press caused problems for the Livonia offense, leading to easy buckets for the Lady Panthers.
“We have to establish who we are,” Bradford said. “Last year was a disappointment because we expect better. Coming out in the jamboree, we want to establish who we are and build on that.
“Our energy wasn’t where we needed it to be, but imma bite the bullet on that because we ate late,” he added. “We went in sluggish. Coming out Tuesday at home against White Castle, I expect energy, I expect an electric atmosphere and I think the girls will bring it.”
Angel Bradford had 15 points to lead Brusly. Myla Edwards added 12 points. The Lady Panthers open the season at home Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Dunham pulls away from Brusly in the second half
Brusly went tit-for-tat with Dunham in the first half before the Tigers pulled away in the second half for a 49-28 win.
Dunham led 28-20 at halftime but held Brusly to eight points in the second half. The Tigers opened the second half with a 10-0 run.
Jalen Forest led the team with 11 points, followed by Shannon Osborne with nine points. Davis Stovall added six points.
The Panthers open the season in the FCA Tournament on Thursday.