St. Paul’s and Hahnville took big wins in opening round CYO Tournament action at Hannan in Covington.
St. Paul’s defeated home-standing Hannan in a landslide, 95-39 and Hahnville topped Rummel 48-31.
St. Paul’s (1-1) will play Hahnville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Hawks will play Rummel in the losers’ bracket at 6 p.m. Thursday. Both games will be at Hannan.
The opening seconds of the St. Paul’s-Hannan game established a frenetic pace. After trading baskets for the majority of the first eight minutes, St. Paul’s finally broke loose, and took a 25-13 lead with 1:01 remaining in the first quarter. The Wolves led 29-15 at the end of the quarter. The teams combined for 18 fouls in the first quarter, which was about the only thing that slowed the pressure from both teams on both offense and defense.
Hannan (0-2) stormed back with a 9-0 run to close the deficit to 29-24 on a layup by Brooks Murrell with 4:52 to go in the half. St. Paul’s big man Harrison Prieto ended the streak with a free throw and a put-back to push the score to 32-24. A Hannan turnover allowed Timothy Bedford to streak to the hoop for a layup with 3:01 remaining in the half to push the lead back into double digits.
The Wolves led 46-31 at halftime, and they outscored the Hawks 29-3 in the third quarter to blow the game open.
Prieto led the Wolves with 19 points. Bedford had 17 points, while Logan Jean and Jordan Jacob both added 10. Nick Daniel led the Hawks with 15 points.
HAHNVILLE 48, RUMMEL 31: The Tigers outscored the Raiders 30-15 in the second half to pull away.
With Hahnville (3-0) holding a narrow 18-16 halftime lead, the Tigers found their transition offense and began to rally. Shawn Maher was especially hot in the second half, and he gave the Tigers a 28-22 lead with 1:02 remaining in the third.
Rummel (1-2) had a chance to close the score, but the Raiders missed three consecutive shots in the lane before the buzzer sounded to end the third.
Maher made the score 33-23 with he knocked down a 3-pointer with 5:02 left in the game, and he added several drives for buckets in the waning minutes to help Hahnville pad the score. The senior led all scorers with 14 points.
“Things came together for us, and the lanes started to open. We were able to drive. And the defense really started to play well,” Maher said.
Hahnville jumped to a 9-5 lead after the first quarter. They extended the lead to 12-7, but Rummel’s Adam Kerrigan got hot inside, with two baskets in the lane and a free throw to close the score to within one point, 16-15, with 54.7 seconds remaining in the half.
Adam Karrigan led Rummel with 12 points.