ARNAUDVILLE — With his team trailing by 12 points at the half, Beau Chene coach Lorenso Williams wanted to see more intensity from his Gators.
“I told the guys that we had to have more intensity,” said Williams, who is in his sixth season at the helm. “I told them if we had more intensity in the second half we would put ourselves in a position to win.”
That is exactly what Williams’ team did Tuesday night as Beau Chene slowly erased that double-digit deficit to rally past visiting Cecilia 38-37.
Cecilia (3-12) had built up a 23-12 lead at halftime, but Beau Chene began to chip away at the lead after the break.
Beau Chene’s P. Richard hit a 3-pointer that cut the lead down to 25-21 with 4:10 left in quarter.
“They didn’t do anything different offensively,” Cecilia coach Marty Lewis said. “Their shots just started to fall, and ours didn’t”
Cecilia responded as Demontre’ Singleton hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead back seven with 2:16 left.
Beau Chene (7-9) kept at it, though, and by the end of third it was a three-point game.
“That intensity I wanted really showed I the third quarter,” Williams said.
At the start of the fourth, a put-back bucket made it a one point game, and then the Gators took the lead with a layup.
Cecilia’s Singleton answered with a three-point play to retake the lead. The two teams went back and forth as the Bulldogs tried to run out the clock.
With 1:41 left in the game, Cecilia led 37-36.
Beau Chene had a handful of chances in final two minutes to take the lead but failed to take advantage.
That soon changed.
Richard’s 3-pointer rimmed out but Jekavin Savant grabbed the rebound. With 22.4 seconds left, Cecilia was called for a foul and C. Stelly went to the line and hit both free throws.
Cecilia’s then missed a 3-pointer, but the Bulldogs managed to get one final shot. With 3.8 seconds, Cecilia’s Jevon Berry took the inbounds pass and threw up a midrange sho,t but it missed the mark.
“Right then our team grew,” Williams said. “I can’t commend them enough for staying in the game.
“That’s all I can ask for as a coach.”