Covington High moved to 5-1 since John Boudreaux took over the program after an easy 89-49 victory over Pearl River in the opening game of the 2017 Archbishop Hannan Hustle tournament Thursday afternoon in Covington.
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 with 12 points apiece.
Pearl River was led by Andrew Dauth’s 15 points and C.J. Hawkins had 11.
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 halftime and saw its lead grow to 69-39 at the end of the third period.
The Lions advance to take on Hannan Friday night at 7 p.m. while the Rebels will take on Pine on at 2:30 p.m Friday.
HAMMOND 86, FRENCH SETTLEMENT 60: Spencer Fland had 21 points to lead Hammond to an 86-60 victory over French Settlement in the second game of the day.
Derrion Wilson added 17 points, Albert Williams had 12 and Darryl Hutchinson added 11 in the win for the Tornadoes.
Dawson Marlow led the way for French Settlement with 23 points and Brayden Aime had 18.
The Tornadoes advance to take on Newman Friday at 4 p.m., while French Settlement will take on Bogalusa at 10 a.m.
ARCHBISHOP HANNAN 72, PINE 30: Breaking out to a 17-0 lead to start the game, the hosts Hannan boys easily defeated Pine in the final game of the night.
With the victory, the Hawks (4-7) advance to take on Covington Friday at 7 p.m. Pine (2-14) will take on Pearl River at 2:30 p.m.
Norris Williams led the way for Hannan with 22 points and Seth Klaare finished with 12.
The Hawks put the game out of reach rather quickly against their former district rivals. Hannan scored the game’s first 17 points, eight coming from Klaare. The Hawks defense was equally as impressive, holding Pine scoreless until 2:56 to go in the first quarter and without a field goal until the 2:31 mark of the opening period.
The domination continued into the second period as the Hawks outscored Pine 19-2 to build a commanding 40-9 advantage.
“Games like this are tough because you break out to such a big lead,” Williams said. “But we got the chance to let a lot of players play and anytime you can do that it is good for the program. We needed this win, no matter how we got it. Now, the goal is to try and build upon it and see what we can do as this tournament progresses.”
FRENCH SETTLEMENT 57, BOGALUSA 35: Dannah Martin had five 3 pointers in the first quarter en route to a game-high 27 points in French Settlement’s 57-35 victory over Bogalusa.
With the victory, French Settlement advances to take on host Hannan Friday at 5:30 p.m while Bogalusa will take on Slidell at 11:30 a.m.
Bailey Karpinski added 12 points for French Settlement in the victory. Bogalusa was led by Quantasia Lewis, who finished with 15.
NEWMAN 76, BOGALUSA 37: Riley Demps had 24 points as Isidore Newman had no trouble with Bogalusa Thursday afternoon.
Finnian Bendana added 17 points for the Greenies and Javon Ruffin had 10 in the victory.
Newman advances to take on Hammond on Friday at 4 p.m.
DuJawn Powell was the leading scorer for Bogalusa, finishing with 10 points. The Lumberjacks will take on French Settlement Friday at 10 a.m.
SLIDELL 47, ARCHBISHOP HANNAN 23: The Slidell High girls basketball team took advantage of a 17-2 lead at the end of the first quarter on its way to a victory over host Archbishop Hannan in the final game of the first round.
Aamarian Ducre had a game-high 11 points for Slidell and Jocelynn Small had 10. Jordan Kauzlarich added seven for the Lady Tigers.
Kennedy Martin led the way for Hannan with 10 points and Mallory Kramer had seven.