What started out as Senior Night for Glen Oaks, wound up all about Port Allen.
The Pelicans shook off a couple of recent losses and made themselves right at home while claiming a 76-41 victory over Glen Oaks in District 7-3A action Tuesday night at GOHS.
“We’re a good shooting team,” PAHS post player Ishmael Allen said. “But this was something.”
With the victory, Port Allen (23-7, 10-3) snapped a tie with the Panthers (18-10, 9-4) for second place in 7-3A.
To get an idea just how much at home the Pelicans felt, consider this: PAHS finished with 11 3-pointers and made 21 of 30 shots from the field in the second and third quarters. That’s a sizzling 80 percent.
“We were saying it felt like the hoop was really big during warm-ups,” Telson Allen said. “We moved the ball around. We’ve got a lot of good shooters, and we trusted each other.”
Telson Allen was at the top of Port Allen’s let-it-fly offense with a game-high 22 points and four 3-pointers. Jordan Morgan also had four 3-pointers and 17 points. Nigel Allen contributed 13 points and the remainder of the Pelicans’ 3-pointers.
The effort wasn’t just about offense. Lane, PAHS’ 6-foot-8 post player, finished with 12 points and a career-high 22 rebounds.
“Before the game coach (Brandon Ricard) challenged me to get every rebound,” Lane said.
“I took that personally and worked to get as many rebounds as I could.”
No Glen Oaks player finished in double figures. Nicholas Cobb had eight points and Stadford Anderson seven for the Panthers.
GOHS coach Harvey Adger emptied his bench after Port Allen opened the third period with a 16-0 surge and built its lead to 54-15.
The numbers didn’t lie in the first half. Glen Oaks made just 2 of 16 first-quarter shots. The game was tied at 3-3. But a five-minute drought that began in the first quarter and ended in the second quarter was a key reason why PAHS led 13-5 after one quarter.
Lane had nine first-quarter rebounds. The Northwestern State signee was an offensive force in the second quarter with three dunks. While GOHS continued to struggle, making 5-of-18 from the field in the second quarter, Port Allen heated up.
The Pelicans made 10-of-14 second-quarter shots. Nigel Allen and Telson Allen each had 10 points as PAHS led 38-15.
“They shot lights out,” GOHS’ Adger said. “Here again, I think (the Pelicans) understand where they are in the (power) rankings and they’re trying to run the table to get a higher seed. We had something to play for, too.
“I’m hoping the lesson we learn is that you’ve got to play hard all the time, regardless of what happens.
“I think our seniors maybe tried to do much once we fell behind and got away from the game plan.”
Adger said he hopes the loss is the wake-up call the Panthers need before the playoffs next week. A smiling Ricard said his team got what it needed.
“This is the best we’ve played since the Hall of Fame game last month,” Ricard said. “And that’s a good thing.”