The chance to play in the first Joel Hawkins Classic gave Landry-Walker basketball coach Brian Gibson the chance to renew some coaching friendships.

More importantly, it gave the Chargin’ Bucs the chance to reacquaint themselves with their game.

After a slow start, Landry-Walker scored 36 second-half points en route to 58-40 victory over Comeaux on Saturday at Southern University’s F.G. Clark Center in Baton Rouge.

It was one of four games played in the one-day tourney hosted by Southern Lab.

“When you’ve got young people and it’s the holidays, they’re going to be here and they are all over the place,” Gibson said. “We played in a tournament before Christmas and did pretty well. But you never know what you get after a few days off.

“They came around and shot the ball well. I feel like things are coming together now. We’ve got a lot of football players. We went to the (football) quarterfinals, so it’s taking more time. They’re understanding their roles now.”

Balance and defense were the keys for the Landry-Walker (10-4). Khalil Williams led the way with 15 points, while Larry Berzat added 13.

Lamar Peters (12) and Keytaon Thompson (11) also scored in double figures.

Mike Smith tallied a game-high 17 points for Comeaux (12-6). Devaughn Thomas added 12.

Landry-Walker led 9-3 after one quarter. The Chargin’ Bucs led by as much as 10 points in the second quarter. Comeaux found its groove and also drew a series of fouls. The Spartans scored 14 of the final 19 points of the half.

Smith scored eight points in the second quarter, including two 3-pointers. A free throw by Jordan Foster with 1:27 left cut Landry-Walker’s lead to 22-21 at halftime.

Ferontay Banks’ 3-pointer gave Comeaux a 24-22 to start the second half. But the Spartans scored just one point the rest of the third quarter.

That’s also when more 3-pointers started falling for Landry-Walker. Peters and Berzat had 3-pointers to help close out a 14-1 third-quarter finish.

“Their guard play is so good,” Comeaux coach Jeremy Whittington said of Landry-Walker. “And I thought they played solid defense all the way. In the first half, we were getting to the basket. We drew some fouls and scored points.

“We didn’t do that in the second half. And when you play a team that shoots the 3 as well as they do, you can be in trouble. We’re not the kind of team that can give up 36 points in a half and expect to win.”

Landry-Walker forced turnovers in the second half and made a series of 3-pointers from the baseline. Those shots in turn opened up the inside. Thompson scored on two late layups and Williams also added a layup in the final minute.

Nigel Allen made sure Port Allen got a different result against Northside Saturday evening.

PORT ALLEN 64, NORTHSIDE 60: After seeing his team lose to Northside by six points two weeks ago, Allen led a spirited effort by the Pelicans as they turned the tables at the Joel Hawkins Classic.

Behind torrid shooting, Port Allen took a 10-point halftime lead, and then held on for the win.

Allen led four Pelicans in double figures with 20 points. Also pitching in were Dontrius Franklin (15), Andre Williams (13) and Crandal Jackson (11).

Overall, Port Allen (9-6) shot 55 percent from the field (22 of 40), but had to weather a late comeback by the Vikings to secure the win. North side (12-6) forced eight fourth-quarter turnovers, and trailed 61-59 after Cam McGilvery’s 3-pointer with 35 seconds left.

Port Allen sandwiched three free throws around a Northside turnover to put the game away.

“That was two very good teams,” Northside coach Ross Rix said. “Coach Ricard did a good job getting his team prepared, and we didn’t play as well as we’d like to.”

Northside connected made 18 of 52 shots (35 percent), and never led after the first quarter.

Jonte Morrison topped the Vikings with 17 points, and got support from Brandon Ellis (16) and Darius Randell (15).

“One of the things we emphasized was stopping (Allen), to limit his touches” Rix said. “We were hoping to contain him but we didn’t do enough.”

*Belaire 58, Beau Chene 40

An interesting match up wound up missing a beat. Belaire and Beau Chene played without their leading scorers, each missing the game with an injury.

The Gators (6-8) were also missing two other starters, and trailed throughout the game before falling to Belaire 58-40.

Belaire was without senior forward Terrance Johnson, but Eric Matthews rallied the Bengals (13-5) with 15 points and four assists. Robert Lewis pitched in with 12, and Benjamin Percy added nine.

For Beau Chene, Deontre Eaglin topped all scorers with 17 points. Still, playing without the court presence of guard Lawrence Richard was a major factor according to coach Lorenso Williams.

“It was a totally different game,” Williams said. “Not having (Richard) on possessions where we could have scored, he would have been there. That was the biggest difference for us.”

Jakavin Savant scored on three consecutive possessions to force an early 6-6 tie. Belaire went on to forge a 16-8 lead after one quarter, and never trailed.

Belaire’s largest lead was 44-25 early in the fourth quarter. Beau Chene twice cut its deficit to 14 points, the last on a pair of free throws by Savant that made it 53-39 Belaire with 3:42 left to play.

*Landry-Walker 58, Comeaux 40

Comeaux scored 14 of the final 19 points in the first half as it trailed only 22-21 at the break. The Spartans then took a 24-22 lead on Ferontay Banks’ 3-pointer, but managed just one point the rest of the third quarter.

Mike Smith tallied a game-high 17 points for Comeaux (12-6). Devaughn Thomas added 12.

“Their guard play is so good,” Comeaux coach Jeremy Whittington said of Landry-Walker. “And I thought they played solid defense all the way. In the first half we were getting to the basket. We drew some fouls and scored some points.”