DENHAM SPRINGS — Offering an opponent just enough rope to hang themselves only works when the other team makes too many mistakes.
What happens when a team doesn’t make all those mistakes? Broadmoor High School knows.
The Buccaneers couldn’t catch Denham Springs after the Yellow Jackets built a 16-point first-half lead.
Broadmoor got as close as three points in the fourth quarter before Denham Springs pulled away one last time to notch a 76-67 District 4-5A victory Friday night at Hornsby Gym.
“(Broadmoor) thrives on your mistakes and they shoot the gaps,” Denham Springs coach Wynn Wingate said. “They’re long and lean and all that, and we’re not. I thought the guys did a good job making shots when they needed to and getting stops when we needed to.
“I thought the rim shrunk up on them a little bit in the fourth quarter when we went into a zone and they had to make them. This is a big win for us.”
Zach Davidson scored 18 points to pace five double-digit scorers for DSHS (16-4, 2-0). Altoris Odom (16 points), Tuwain Starks (15), Torez Kinchen (14) and Monterio Whitley (13) also powered the Yellow Jackets.
Brian Smith led Broadmoor (11-7, 1-1) with a game-high 20 points.
The Bucs got 14 from Darnell Williams, while Devin Carlin and Patrick Hale each contributed 10 points.
Malik Jackson scored the first basket just over a minute into the game for Broadmoor. Denham Springs scored the next five points.
Broadmoor countered with one more basket before the Yellow Jackets used rebounding and deadly 3-point shooting to pull away.
DSHS scored seven of the final points in the first quarter and led 14-8.
Starks, who finished with 11 first-half points, was the top gun in the home team’s arsenal in the second quarter. The Yellow Jackets made 7 of 10 shots from the field.
Starks had two 3-pointers to help Denham Springs build its lead. Starks’ floater from the left side gave DSHS a 33-17 less than a minute before halftime.
Broadmoor countered with an 8-0 run but still trailed 33-25 at halftime.
“They shot lights-out in the first half from the 3-point line,” Broadmoor coach Terrance Gillette said.
“It took a lot of energy to get back into it. I thought free throws, rebounding and the 50-50 balls you have to get were things we didn’t do a good job with.
“Our game is actually geared to go inside out, but tonight it was outside in because 3-pointers were the fastest way to get back in it.”
And shoot 3-pointers is just what the Bucs did in the second half. Smith, a post player, stepped out and made three 3-pointers. The Bucs got within four in the third quarter. Odom hit a 3-pointer that pushed DSHS’ lead back to nine at 49-40.
“We like to give the ball to everybody,” Starks said. “Everybody gets the chance to score.”
Broadmoor made another run. Baskets by Hale and Jackson made it a 58-55 game with 5:46 left in the game. Again, Denham Springs had the answer.
Davidson hit two free throws and Starks sank a 3-pointer from the left corner.
Soon the Yellow Jackets were up 10 points again. Broadmoor got no closer than six after that.
“Tomorrow morning we’ll get back to practice and work even more,” Smith said. “We can’t let a team get too far out on us.”