Scotlandville’s basketball team has “a lot of new faces in new roles,” coach Carlos Sample said.
Sample’s Hornets learned two valuable lessons Saturday night in defeating John Curtis 48-37 in the second round of the Country Day Classic in Metairie.
Scotlandville (11-2) weathered a ragged first half and utilized a 14-0 run during a span of 6:12 in the third quarter to seemingly take charge of the game at 37-23, saw that dwindle to 37-31 before pulling away in the final six minutes.
The Hornets advance to an 8 p.m. Monday game against University High, a 59-55 winner against McDonogh 35 on Saturday night in a game that never had a lead of more than five points by either team.
Jalen Johnson’s field goal, his only points of the game, gave University High (10-0) a 57-55 lead with 23 seconds remaining. John Jones sealed it with two free throws with 2.5 seconds left.
Curtis (5-2) led Scotlandville 21-20 at halftime thanks to a 14-point first half performance by Richard Durant. The Patriots guard, who had a game-high 18 points, scored nine in the second period.
“That darned No. 11 (Durant) just blew by us,” Sample said. “He got open look after open look.
“I just told them at halftime to do what we do in practice,” Sample said of lesson No. 1. “Relax and do what we know how to do.”
Curtis’ defense created an eight-point burst within 85 seconds to turn a 37-23 deficit into 37-31 in the fourth quarter.
“They’re a good team. We knew they’d make a run,” Sample said of lesson No. 2. “Right now we’re just trying to learn to finish games.”
Freshman guard JaVonte Smart led Scotlandville with 14 points.
Adebutu and Green each had 13.
UNIVERSITY HIGH 59, MCDONOGH 35 55: At the Country Day Classic, John Jones’ two late free throws late kept the Cubs unbeaten.
The Cubs (10-0) got 11 second-half points from D.J. White to spur the win.
“We needed some energy out there, and D.J. gave us that,” U-High coach Joe Spencer said. “We had a hard time down low with their big guy (6-foot-8 center Bryson Gresham), so we needed something to offset that. We eventually got some stops and forced some turnovers. That’s what made the difference in the game.”
McDonogh (3-4) needed to make a run late in the fourth quarter and looked to Joseph Foucha. His 3-pointer tied it at 55.
Foucha finished with 16 points. Gresham contributed 10 points and seven blocks.
The Cubs relied on their deep front count to counteract the Roneagles’ post play. Wayde Sims (15 points) and Maxwell Starwood (11) combined for 26 points around the basket. Junior Marshall chipped in seven points.
E.D. WHITE 48, EPISCOPAL 43: The Cardinals staved off a rally from Episcopal to win the St. Martin’s Invitational in Metairie.
The Cardinals improved to 7-0, while Episcopal fell to 7-2.
“It’s a special win,” E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife said. “Anytime you can beat somebody like Episcopal, it’s a big win for us going forward. ... It shows we can play with anybody.”
The Cardinals built a 24-12 advantage midway through the second quarter only to see the Knights rally to cut the deficit to 26-22 near the end of the period. Andrew Daigle then came up with a big 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining to extend the Cardinals’ lead back to seven.
Episcopal (7-2) climbed back to within two points with 6:11 remaining in the game, but couldn’t get closer.