After a slow start, third-seeded Belaire pulled away from 14th-seeded Capitol High for a 75-54 victory in a first-round game at the EBR/Bob Pettit/Coca-Cola Parish Tournament on Friday at Southern University’s F.G. Clark Center.
Belaire led by only six after the first half but held Capitol to nine points in the third quarter and doubled its lead going into the final quarter. There the Bengals used a 26-point fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Belaire coach Chauncey Moore said his team’s lack of effort was a big reason why Capitol hung around in the first half and made changes he saw fit.
“We pulled some people out that were giving lackluster effort, put some kids in there that we wanted to play and rolled from there,” Moore said.
Moore said the game turned toward his team’s favor in the third quarter after Capitol missed five consecutive shots from the free-throw line.
“We went down there (after those missed free throws) and converted instead of coming down blank,” Moore said. “When teams have mishaps, you have to take advantage.”
Belaire’s Timothy Johnson, tied for the team lead with 18 points said his team came out “a little flat” against Capitol’s press defense in the opening quarter.
“We were a little anxious playing in front of a big crowd,” Johnsons said. “Once we settled in, we took control of the game.”
McKINLEY 80, BAKER 42: Fourth-seeded McKinley shut down 13th-seeded Baker, allowing the Buffaloes no more than 12 points in any of the four quarters. McKinley advances to play fifth-seeded Zachary, which defeated Northeast 67-37. The quarterfinal is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
McKinley senior forwards Keion Brown and Keeyon Smart combined for 26 points. Brown scored 16 points, highlighted by a pair of thunderous slam dunks, and Smart, a football commitment to Tulane, utilized a plethora of post-up moves to score 10. With Brown and Smart both resting for the fourth quarter, McKinley’s Ja’Van Hill led the way offensively, scoring all eight of his points.
Baker’s Ronnie Hamilton led the Buffaloes with 16 points, five of which came from the free-throw line. Trey Hunt Jr. also chipped in with nine points.
OTHER GAMES: Fifth-seeded Zachary advanced to a quarterfinal matchup with McKinley after defeating Northeast 67-37. Zachary jumped to an 18-2 lead after one quarter. Braylon Jones, Corey Kennedy, Skyron White and Matt Williams all scored 11 points for Zachary’s balanced attack.
Eric Williams and Louis Blakers were the top scorer for the Vikings with 14 points. Both players hit a pair of 3-pointers.
Eighth-seeded Broadmoor defeated ninth-seeded Central 61-41, earning a matchup with three-time defending East Baton Rouge Parish Tournament champion Scotlandville.
After leading by only a point after the first quarter, the Buccaneers outscored the Wildcats 35-19 over the course of the second and third quarters. The Bucs’ Brian Smith led all players with 22 points. Devin Carlin was the catalyst behind Broadmoor’s 20-point third quarter, scoring all 11 of his points in the period, and Smith also scored 10.
Titus Woodfork led Central with 18.