DENHAM SPRINGS — St. Michael the Archangel rallied from an 11-point second half deficit to post a 46-45 win over Mandeville on Monday night to highlight first day action at the Grady Hornsby Thanksgiving Classic.
East Ascension opened the tournament with a 54-31 win over Hammond. Lutcher followed with a lopsided 73-29 win over Holden, and host Denham Springs held off Baker 71-63 in overtime in the last game.
ST. MICHAEL 46, MANDEVILLE 45: St. Michael (2-1) led the Skippers 10-9 after one quarter, but Mandeville’s Ethan Turner heated up in the second. Turner, who scored a game-high 18, made three 3-pointers as Mandeville (0-2) outscored St. Michael 17-7 to lead 26-17 at halftime.
Hunter Dugas was the only other Skipper in double figures with 12. Topped by Turner’s five, Mandeville made seven 3-pointers in the game.
St. Michael controlled the boards in the second half and gave its offense numerous second chances after misses. Jacob Evans (14 points) and Nick Arcemont (10) were the leaders.
“It means the world because we have some guys that didn’t get a lot of experience last year,” St. Michael coach Drew Hart said of his team‘s comeback win.
St. Michael held Mandeville scoreless for the last four minutes of the third when it put together a 10-0 run. Miketinas provided the biggest spark, hitting a 3-pointer while scoring all seven of his points in the quarter.
Miketinas scored on a follow shot, then drove the left baseline to tie the game 35-35 with 44 seconds to go in the third. Arcemont hit two free throws to give the Warriors a two-point lead entering the fourth.
Mandeville fought back with a 3-pointer by Dugas, and another from Turner that gave the Skippers a 42-39 edge. St. Michael took the lead again after a follow shot by Evans and a jumper by Michael Alford with 1:09 to play.
Rico Jones then converted a three-point play for a 45-43 Mandeville lead, but St. Michael had a finishing kick. Miketinas kicked the ball out to Alford, whose 3-pointer from the top of the key put the Warriors up 46-45 with 22 seconds left.
After a Mandeville timeout, the Skippers worked the ball to Dugas, but his shot in the lane was off the mark as the clock ran out.
“We knew they had two guys who were dominant players, but their other guys stepped up and hit threes. That was one reason (for the loss),” Mandeville coach Paul Paille said.
“The other reason was offensive rebounds. They probably had 20 for the game. Other than that, everything was played well.”
DENHAM SPRINGS 71, BAKER 63 (OT): Denham Springs outscored Baker 14-6 in overtime to take the win.
The Yellow Jackets made six-of-seven free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
Tuwain Starks led four Jackets in double figures with 19 and got help from Torez Kinchen (16), Zach Davidson (15) and Tori Odom (11).
Trey Hunt scored 29 for Baker, which also got 13 from Ronnie Hamilton and 10 from Mark Lee.