University High’s basketball team opened its season with a 22-point win over Tara, but found the going tougher Wednesday night at the 36th annual Charles T. Kinsley Memorial tournament.
This time, Tara led at the half, and the Cubs weren’t able to pull away until the fourth quarter before posting a 66-51 over the Trojans.
“We beat them by a decent amount the first time, but I knew they’d be ready,” U-High coach Joe Spencer said. “They’re a pretty good team with some really good players.”
D.J. White and Wayde Sims each scored 19 points to pace the Cubs offense. Jalen Johnson added 12, but Spencer said it was defense that made the difference.
“We’ve got to keep working on defense,” Spencer said. “We switched up to a different defense in the second half, and that helped.”
Tara was led by Paul Johnson with 21, Chris Hayes (15) and Youry White (10). The Trojans led 28-27 at halftime, and were as close as 48-46 with 6:04 to play. White and Maxwell Starwood each had two baskets as U-High took control with an 11-2 run.
Belaire and Woodlawn opened the tournament with an afternoon game won 44-30 by the Bengals. Belaire took control in the second quarter when it held Woodlawn to two points.
The second contest paired two of the Baton Rouge area’s winningest coaches, Kenny Almond of Zachary and Harvey Adger of Glen Oaks. Zachary (9-2) came out on top 42-34.
“It was a slow game. It was a little bit of a chess match,” Almond said after the game. “We got out in front early, and then they stormed back.
“We played a little better in the latter part of the second quarter.”
Five different Broncos scored as Zachary outscored Glen Oaks 16-5 in the third quarter to take a 37-22 lead going into the fourth. Zachary tried to slow the pace down, and didn’t score again until Demoine Bowie’s free throws with 35 seconds left.
Bowie led all scorers with 13 points.
“We’re young and learning,” Almond said. “We’ve got two football players that are trying to get back in it, and they will.”
Redemptorist edged Central 44-40 in the matinee game. The Wolves trailed 33-27 entering the fourth, and finally took the lead 38-37 on Eric Duncan’s follow shot with 1:49 left.
The Wolves (1-6) hit four of six free throws in the closing seconds, and held on for their first win of the season.
Marquis Webb topped all scorers with 19 points. Central got 12 points from Austin Stewart and 11 from Terrell Chatman.
“We finally put some things together,” Redemptorist coach RoShon Jacobs said. “We were able to handle adversity. That’s what I’ve been preaching to them. Even when things aren’t going your way.”