The John Boudreaux era is in full effect with the Covington High boys basketball program, and it is starting to produce victories.

Taking over the program prior to the Lions game on Dec. 5 against Northlake Christian after Stephen Lopinto was relieved of his coaching duties, Boudreaux has his team 5-1 since he took the helm after an 89-49 victory over Pearl River in the first round of the 2017 Archbishop Hannan Hustle tournament on Dec. 28.

Sophomore Reggie Gause led the way for Covington (9-3) with a game-high 23 points. Junior Sheldon Baham added 20, with Elgin Bell and Jayden Carter contributing 12 points apiece.

Pearl River was led by Andrew Dauth’s 15 points and 11 points from C.J. Hawkins.

The story of the game was the opening quarter as Covington outscored the Rebels (5-6) 31-9.

Covington broke out to a 14-4 lead as Bell and Gause scored half of the 14 points to start the contest for CHS.

Behind a stifling pressure defense that forced double-digit Pearl River turnovers in the first quarter, the lead grew to 22-4 after an 8-0 Covington run near the end of the first quarter.

“It’s still early and I’m sure it is still early for (Pearl River coach Rick Spring),” Boudreaux said. “We are trying to figure some things out about what we are trying to do well as a team. We are still going to run the court and rely on our pressure defense, but when that defense is going well and we are making shots, I truly believe that we can be a very difficult team to beat.”

Covington took a 51-26 lead into the halftime locker room and saw its lead grow to 69-39 at the end of the third period.

After wrapping up play last week in the Hannan Hustle, the Lions are scheduled to return to action this week in the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic in New Orleans.

Pearl River returns to action on Jan. 4 at home against Pope John Paul II.

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