Bonnabel took a nine-game winning streak and a near-perfect record to the West Bank on Tuesday night.
West Jefferson senior Trevanta Robertson made sure Bonnabel didn’t leave with it.
Robertson poured in a game-high 23 points to lead West Jefferson to a 53-42 victory over No. 9 Bonnabel.
Right now he is our MVP,” West Jefferson coach Brian Simmons said. “He gets to the free-throw line. He rebounds. He guards the best player night in and night out.
“I asked him yesterday if he could give me more, and he said he could.”
Robertson wasted little time showing he was true to his word. The 6-foot-3 guard scored 14 of his points in the first half for the Buccaneers (12-12, 2-0 in District 8-5A).
“Coach instills in us toughness, energy and defense and just rallied us to play hard the whole game,” Robertson said. “This was our second district game, and we wanted to keep it going.”
Robertson also had four steals.
“Defense is more important than anything,” he said.
Bonnabel, which made its debut in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 on Tuesday, dropped to 15-2.
Robinson helped West Jeff sprint out to a 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
He scored eight points in the opening quarter and added to his total early in the second when he knocked down a 3-pointer and then made one of two free throws to make it a 22-12 lead with seven minutes left. That was followed by a four-minute scoring drought that allowed the Bruins to climb back in it.
Bonnabel, led by Joseph Thompson’s 10 first-half points, cut its deficit to 28-24 by halftime.
But the Buccaneers stretched it back out to 42-31 by the end of the third quarter thanks in part to Robertson’s eight points in the quarter. The lead ballooned to as many as 17 in the final quarter.
“We still haven’t hit our stride,” Simmons said. “Sometimes we get caught up with mental mistakes, and it keeps the other team in the game. I would grade us about a ‘C’ tonight. I feel we can do a whole lot better.”
Robertson was the lone scorer in double figures, but the Bucs got seven points from Jonathan Dalton and six each from Bruce Houston and Ray Anderson.
It was just the second loss of the season for the Bruins (15-2, 2-1) and first since falling to Salmen.
Bonnabel coach Glenn Dyer, in his 35th season, had been pleased with the way his Bruins had played before Tuesday night.
“They are just hard workers, and they are coachable and aren’t intimidated,” Dyer said. “Our mantra for this year is “Next.” The next minute, the next possession, the next quarter. Don’t look back. Learn from your errors and don’t think about it. Just play on to the next one. They have been doing that.”
Thompson, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, led the Bruins with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Evonte Williams chipped in eight points for Bonnabel.