BRUSLY — Port Allen found out the hard way that Zachary High is learning how to play tough basketball for four quarters.
Zachary fell behind by nine points in the fourth, but rallied to post a 52-48 win over Port Allen Friday night at the Brusly High Invitational tournament.
Port Allen (2-5) led 42-33 midway through the final quarter, but Zachary (4-3) outscored the Pelicans 19-6 the rest of the way.
“We’ve got a young group. We’re inexperienced, and everybody in the city knows that,” Zachary coach Jon McClinton said. “We lost a lot of close ones early, but we’re learning how to play. We’re learning how to win.”
With the score tied 48-48, Zachary’s Calvin Adams scored the go-ahead basket with 11 seconds left to play. Adams, who scored 11 points, drove to the right side of the lane before pulling up for a 10-foot jumper.
With less than five seconds on the clock, D.J. Collins blocked a shot in the lane by Port Allen’s Kelvin Murphy. Zachary’s Kolby Daniel made two free throws to put the game out of reach.
“Daniel stepped up big for us,” McClinton said of the forward, who made four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. “We’ve still got a long way to go, but this is a big early win for us.”
Zachary led 32-30 after three quarters, but Port Allen opened the fourth quarter with a 12-1 spurt. Murphy scored seven of his game-high 19 points to spark the run. His three-point play gave the Pelicans a seemingly comfortable 42-33 with 4:09 left.
With two minutes left, Zachary trailed 46-42, but a basket by Collins and two free throws by Chris Hilton tied the game. Adams came back with a steal, and fed Hilton for a dunk to make it 48-46 Zachary. Port Allen tied the game one last time after the Broncos were whistled for a technical foul following Hilton’s dunk.
The first half was back-and-forth, and featured eight lead changes before Zachary took a 22-21 lead into halftime.
Zachary made 8 of 15 from the field in the second half, and shot 43 percent (16 of 37) for the game. Port Allen made 47 percent (14 of 30) of its shots, but had 21 turnovers.
St. Michael 58, Baker 52: The Warriors (1-2) lost their first two games of the season at the buzzer, but were steady down the stretch as they evened their record to 1-1 at the Brusly Invitational.
St. Michael led 48-47 midway through the fourth quarter, and pulled away sinking 6 of 8 free throws.
“The kids handled it alright, and then we came here last night and lost at the buzzer again,” St. Michael coach Drew Hart said of his team’s 41-39 loss to Zachary on Thursday.
“I was concerned how they would react but they played great. They’re a resilient group.”
St. Michael led 54-52 with with less than a minute to play. Jake Williams sank both ends of a one-and-one to push the lead to four. Baker’s Charles Harris misfired on a 3-pointer, and Max Alfred hit two free throws for the final points.
St. Michael’s Trent Schiller led all scorers with 20 points. Alfred, who made four 3-pointers, had 12, and John Brady tallied 11.
Brandon Vessel topped Baker (7-2) with 20 points. Harris scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, and Claude Coleman added 9.
“We’ve really only got (Schiller) that played minutes for us last year,” Hart said. “Our defense has been a strength since the summer. Its just figuring out offensively who’s supposed to do what.”