BRUSLY — Brusly High’s defense held visiting Port Barre to a season-low 40 points, including nine points in the second and third quarters and eight in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Panthers had three players score in double figures with seniors Jasper Queen scoring a game-high 20 points and and Michael Bryant adding 16 to lead the way.
It was the perfect combination to help 15th-seeded Brusly coast to a 63-40 Class 3A boys basketball first-round playoff victory over No. 18 Port Barre at BHS on Friday night.
Brusly (21-8) advances to a regional playoff game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at No. 2 University, a 95-63 winner over Ville Platte.
University (27-4) was undefeated in District 6-3A and Brusly finished second at 10-4.
It marked the sixth time Brusly held a team to 40 or fewer points this, which is a point of pride of coach Kirby Loupe.
“Anytime you win a playoff game, it’s a good feeling,” Brusly’s Loupe said. “I thought we played a little tentative in the first quarter. We gave up 14 points in the first half on second-chance opportunities.
“At halftime I talked to the kids about winning the game on the defensive end. They really stepped up.”
Port Barre (20-9) lead 14-12 after one quarter. Christian Andrus scored 10 of his team-high 14 points for the Red Devils, who ran a dribble-drive offense.
Brusly scored two buckets in the final minute of the first quarter as junior Jason Holliday hit a follow shot and 6-foot-7 senior Darian Jones had a tip in at the buzzer. Holliday scored nine of his 13 points in the first half.
There were four lead changes in the second quarter. Brusly took a 19-18 lead following a 3-pointer by Bryant off a Queen assist. Bryant hit a game-high three 3-pointers.
Port Barre tied things at 23 on Fontenot’s drive and free throw with 2:27 remaining. Brusly held the Red Devils scoreless for the rest of the half and the Panthers closed with a 7-0 run to lead 31-23 at halftime.
Port Barre scored the first two baskets of the third quarter. Brusly went on a 12-0 run to take control at 43-28. Bryant and Queen had two baskets each in the run.
Loupe said Queen’s defense on Fontenot was outstanding. Fontenot scored 11 points, well below his season average. Javon Shelvin added 10 points.
“Jasper Queen prides himself in playing defense,” Loupe said. “He did a good job. Our team was able to get consecutive stops on defense and get out and run. That makes the game easier.”
Holliday finished with 10 rebounds, two steals and two assists. Jones had 10 rebounds, five blocks and two steals. Queen had two steals and two assists. Bryant had four rebounds and two assists. Bryant scored nine points in the first half.