Central nearly continued its improbable run at the final of the East Baton Rouge Parish Tournament, but the Wildcats came up just short, falling to No. 3 seed Zachary 43-38 Friday at the F.G. Clark Activity Center at Southern University.
Central held a five-point lead at halftime, but the score was tied entering the fourth quarter. Zachary connected on 14 of its 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to claim the win.
“Central played really hard, so we had to try to come out and match their intensity,” said Zachary coach Bakari Beckwith. “It’s a rivalry game, so they played hard. We had to pick up our intensity.”
The Broncos scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, with Daven Moss scoring 10. Moss led all scorers with 15 points. Rasheed James added 11 for the winners.
Central’s Cameron Brooks was the only Wildcat in double figures with 12 points. Central will play Tara in the third place game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
No. 3-seed Zachary advanced to the final against top-seeded Scotlandville at 7:30 p.m.
“Our problem wasn’t Xs and Os, it’s between the ears and just being focused and ready to play,” Beckwith said. “We’re trying to correct our problems.”
Scotlandville 61, Tara 29: Scotlandville showed again why it earned the top seed in the tournament by trouncing Tara to advance to the championship game.
Scotlandville pulled away from the start, leading 16-7 after one quarter and 27-12 at halftime thanks to a near first-half double-double from senior Damien Jones. Jones chalked up 15 points and nine rebounds in the first half before finishing with 23 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.
The Hornets never looked back with 16 and 18 points in the third and fourth quarter respectively to put the game away.
“I was very pleased with our effort,” said Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample, who was unhappy with his team after its win Thursday. “We were organized and played with a little intensity and a lot of smarts. They just played like they wanted to be here.”
Brian Bridgewater and Vincent Sanders both hit double-digits as well — something no one from Tara did. The Trojans leading scorer was Kevin Gutter with nine points.
“(Zachary) is a real scrappy group of guys and they play with a lot of emotion,” Sample said. “(Beckwith is a ) Fiery coach that has them playing well. We just have to match their intensity and take advantage of what we can take advantage of and do our business.”
Woodlawn 33, Istrouma 31: With the score tied and just three seconds left, Woodlawn’s Tyree Spurlock launched an inbound pass from the baseline to the other end of the court. After a couple Istrouma defenders tipped the ball, it fell into the hands of Derek Graves, who turned around and laid the ball in as time expired to give Woodlawn a two-point win and eliminate second-seeded Istrouma.
“It was supposed to work like that,” Woodlawn coach Elmo Fernandez said of the final play. “(Graves) was going to that corner no matter what. I’m proud of our guys.”
Spurlock paced the Panthers with 12 points and Graves followed with 10. Woodlawn plays McKinley for fifth place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Istrouma, which held a one-point lead at halftime, scored just two points in the third quarter and trailed by seven entering the fourth. Only four Indians scored in the game, with Devin Bethley leading the way with 18.
Northeast 58, Broadmoor 56: Despite a 25-point effort from Colin Woods, Broadmoor was eliminated from the tournament by Northeast.
Northeast limited Broadmoor to 17 first-half points and held a 32-17 halftime lead thanks to 11 first-half points by Chris Vernon. The Bucs, powered by 12 second-half points from Romeo Tillotson, surged back, scoring 19 in the third and 20 in the fourth.
Northeast’s Fred Hamilton scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help secure the win. The Vikings will play Southern Lab for seventh place at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Southern Lab 55, Baker 54: Southern Lab fought back from a fourth-quarter deficit and won a free-throw contest down the stretch to pull out the win against Baker.
The Kittens connected on three of their four fourth-quarter free throws, while Baker hit just one of its four in the final quarter. Baker’s Demetrius Fitzpatrick scored 12 points in the first quarter, including three 3-pointers, to give the Buffaloes a 31-27 halftime lead.
But Southern Lab’s Marquise Richard scored nine of his 15 points in the second half and three other Kittens put up double digits in the comeback win.
McKinley 60, Glen Oaks 54: McKinley used Lanard Daniels’ 17-point outing to avoid elimination, pulling out a win against Glen Oaks.
Daniels, who has been McKinley’s leading scorer throughout the tournament dropped in 11 points in the second half to help his team hold on to the victory.
Delwin Rodney followed with 16 points, and Keeyon Smart added 13 more for McKinley.
Glen Oaks’ Jalen Variste was held to just two first-half points but scored 11 in the second half to help Glen Oaks mount a rally.