Broadmoor High School looked like it had hit a wall in the fourth quarter of its East Baton Rouge Parish tournament game against third-seeded Baker, but the Buccaneers showed newfound mettle.
After Baker cut a 17-point lead to seven, No. 11 Broadmoor found its footing and went on to post an 80-65 quarterfinal upset win at McKinley.
It was a game Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette said is indicative of how far the Bucs (12-7) have come this season.
“Early in the season, we lost those games,” Gillette said. “It's a credit to our maturity, and we'll move on to (Thursday).”
The tournament, which was held at McKinley the first two days, will move to Family Christian Academy for its final two days, Thursday and Friday.
Broadmoor will be there in the semifinals playing against No. 2 McKinley, a 51-41 winner over Belaire, at 6 p.m. Thursday. In the other semifinal, No. 4 Zachary will take on top seed Scotlandville at 7:30 p.m.
Zachary (7-9) defeated No. 5 Glen Oaks 48-34, while Scotlandville (12-3) routed No. 8 Woodlawn 77-30.
Broadmoor stretched a 41-30 halftime lead to 63-46 entering the fourth quarter. Baker (13-5) took advantage of five Buccaneers turnovers to close within 70-63 with 3:14 left to play, but it got no closer.
Namir Jones ignited a 10-0 Broadmoor run when he followed his own miss with an inside basket. Nigel Jones added a dunk on the next trip down court as Broadmoor found breathing room in the final two minutes.
“We knew what Baker would like to do, and we wanted to make them uncomfortable,” Gillette said. “We wanted to give them a different challenge.”
For Gillette’s squad, the challenge was overcoming the month of November, when Broadmoor played more times than it practiced and lost six games.
“We played 10 games in 12 days and didn’t have time to practice. That was my fault, but the guys never stopped believing they could play,” Gillette said.
Nigel Jones had four blocks, made three 3-pointers and led Broadmoor with 23 points. Jones got help from Erin Nealond (18 points) and Isaiah Washington (16).
Brenden Vessel and Terry Johnson each scored 19 for Baker. Johnson also made four 3-pointers.
McKINLEY 51, BELAIRE 41: Second-seeded McKinley (12-5) took a half to settle in before taking control against No. 10 Belaire.
The Bengals led 20-16 with 3:29 to go in the first half, but McKinley outscored Belaire (2-9) 7-2 to take a 23-22 lead into halftime. The Panthers extended their lead to 29-22 midway through the third quarter before settling for a 31-25 lead entering the fourth.
McKinley led 39-30, but Belaire closed to within 41-38 with four minutes left in the game. Theodis Harrison’s 3-pointer and Jerrell Bowman’s three-point play were the keys, but it was as close as Belaire would get.
Tyrece Radford, who had a game-high 19 points, scored McKinley next eight points to give the Panthers a 49-41 lead with less than a minute to play. McKinley also got 18 points from Marcus Coleman.
Harrison led Belaire with 15 while Bowman scored 10.
“We knew to be patient, and eventually things would start going our way,” McKinley coach Harold Boudreaux said. “Our guys allowed themselves to be coachable, and went with the game plan that we had. It worked out for us.”