DENHAM SPRINGS — What it lacked in execution, it made up for in excitement.
Broadmoor High and Hammond High hooked up for a season-opening basketball game at the Grady Hornsby Tipoff Classic, and their were signs of rust for both squads.
Broadmoor had trouble handling the ball while Hammond struggled shooting the ball, but it was the Buccaneers that finally settled down to take a 62-56 win at Denham Springs High.
Broadmoor advances to the second round of the three-day tournament where it will face St. Amant, a 54-32 winner over Amite.
In other action, St. Michael the Archangel edged Dutchtown 61-59 and Walker handled Lutcher 82-67.
Baker defeated Denham Springs 56-51 in the day’s final game.
“Like I tell my kids every day in practice, ‘It ain’t nothing but hard work’,” Broadmoor coach Kevin Hill said. “We need to control the ball on offense, and we need to play help-side defense.
“Our help-side defense is not looking good, and we have to listen and be stronger on offense.”
Colin Woods scored 14 of Broadmoor’s first 17 points, and finished with 20 to lead the Bucs. Hammond was led by Devin Webber’s 15.
Hammond struggled to find its range making just 16 of 53 from the field.
The Tornadoes also were average at the free throw line connecting on 17 of 32 attempts.
Broadmoor’s shooting was fine as they Bucs made 20 of 40 field goal attempts, and 18 of 25 at the line.
The Bucs’ ball handling was not as solid, and Broadmoor had 30 turnovers for the game including 20 in the first half.
“When you go 17-of-32 at the line, you don’t deserve to win,” Hammond coach Brent Grigas said. “We beat ourselves, but credit Broadmoor. They played hard, they made their free throws, and we didn’t. I think that’s what it came down to.”
Hammond led 40-37 entering the fourth quarter, but, in a game where there were six ties and eight lead changes, the Tornadoes’ lead wasn’t safe.
Woods hit a free throw, and Romeo Tillotson added a three-point play giving Broad moor a 41-40 lead. Joshua St. Cyr’s tip in pushed the lead to three, but Giovanni Lee’s 3-pointer from the top of the kay tied it.
Broadmoor’s Tremaine Porter responded with five straight points — an inside basket and a three-point play off a feed from St. Cyr.
Hammond’s Troy Brown was then fouled driving to the basket, and Broadmoor’s Jeffreon Shorts was called for a technical.
Underscoring Grigas’ frustrations with free throw shooting, the Tornadoes made two-of-four free throws before inbounding the ball. Lee was fouled, and hit 1-of-2 free throws, pulling Hammond even at 48-48.
Weber scored twice inside as Hammond took leads of 50-48 and 52-50. Woods’ 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:36 left put Broadmoor back on top for good, 53-52.
Lee’s 3-pointer from the left wing got Hammond within 57-55 with a minute left. Broadmoor’s Joshua Rodgers made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
“Its still early,” Hill said. “We’ve got some football guys coming in and they haven’t gelled yet, but we’re going to get it going.”