CENTRAL - Justin Jemison scored 13 points leading host Central High to a 45-35 win over Broadmoor in second-round action at the 33rd annual Charles T. Kinsley Memorial basketball tournament.
Larry Bradford (12 points) and Jordin Williams (11) joined Jemison in double figures as Central (3-4) overcame a turnover-riddled first half to post the win.
“We came out too relaxed,” Central coach Ron Lewis said. “Last night, we had a lot of fire and intensity, and we’ve been talking about having consistency every game. Tonight, we didn’t bring it, but give credit to Broadmoor.”
Scotlandville defeated Woodlawn 46-28 in the last game of the day. Trelun Banks paced the Hornets (9-1) with a game-high 17 points.
“We’re challenging these guys to get mentally tough,” Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample said.
“Everybody wants to play Scotlandville, kind of like it’s their Super Bowl. We need to play like it’s the Super Bowl when we play people.”
Semifinal action picks up with Glen Oaks and Central squaring off at 7 p.m. Friday. Scotlandville versus Zachary will follow in the second semifinal.
Belaire and Tara each picked up wins in a pair of afternoon consolation games. Tara ran past East Baton Rouge Lab Academy 59-21 while Belaire turned back Redemptorist 40-39 in overtime.
Central led 29-25 entering the fourth quarter, and Bradford wasted little time putting Central ahead by double digits. Cameron Brooks and Justin Lodge each fed Bradford for inside baskets before Bradford capped a fast break with another score from close range.
Central led 35-25 with six minutes to play, but Broadmoor closed to within 37-31 on Reggie Williams’ three-point play. Broadmoor twice closed the gap to four points in the closing minute, but Central made six free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the win.
“We forced turnovers, but didn’t capitalize. That was the key,” Broadmoor coach Kevin Hill said.
“When you don’t capitalize, and you don’t make free throws you lose.”
For the game, Broadmoor was 11-of-22 at the foul line including five misses in the fourth. The Buccaneers forced 19 turnovers with 12 coming in the first half when Central took a 15-14 lead.
Central led 8-4 midway through the opening quarter, but turned the ball over on five straight possessions.
Broadmoor, which missed its final seven shots in the quarter, was unable to cut into the lead and trailed 10-4 after one quarter.
Trailing 14-4 in the second, Broadmoor had another defensive run forcing turnovers on five straight Central possessions. Jordan Bowers scored four points as Broadmoor closed to within 14-12.
“We finally just said let’s take it, run up and down the court and see what happens,” Lewis said. “I give credit to Justin Jemison and Cameron Brooks for picking us up.”
Broadmoor’s Collin Woods opened the second half with a jumper from the right wing giving the Bucs their only lead of at 16-15. Central responded with a 7-0 run as four Wildcats scored.
Central finished the quarter with only three turnovers, and led 29-25 entering the fourth.