Nigel Allen made sure Port Allen got a different result against Northside on Saturday evening.
After seeing his team lose to Northside by six points two weeks ago, Allen led a spirited effort by the Pelicans as they turned the tables at the Joel Hawkins Classic.
Behind torrid shooting, Port Allen took a 10-point halftime lead, and then held on for a 64-60 win at Southern University’s F.G. Clark Activity Center.
Allen led four Pelicans in double figures with 20 points. Dontrius Franklin added 15 points, Andre Williams had 13 and Crandal Jackson 11.
Port Allen (9-6) shot 55 percent from the field (22 of 40) but had to weather a Vikings comeback to secure the win. Northside (12-6) forced eight fourth-quarter turnovers and trailed 61-59 after Cam McGilvery’s 3-pointer with 35 seconds left.
Port Allen sandwiched three free throws around a Northside turnover to put the game away.
“That was two very good teams,” Northside coach Ross Rix said. “Coach (Brandon) Ricard did a good job getting his team prepared, and we didn’t play as well as we’d like to.”
Northside made 18 of 52 shots (35 percent) and never led after the first quarter.
Jonte Morrison topped the Vikings with 17 points and got support from Brandon Ellis (16) and Darius Randell (15).
“One of the things we emphasized was stopping (Allen), to limit his touches” Rix said. “We were hoping to contain him, but we didn’t do enough.”
Belaire 58, Beau Chene 40: An interesting matchup wound up missing a beat. Belaire and Beau Chene played without their leading scorers, each missing the game with an injury.
The Gators (6-8) were also missing two other starters and trailed throughout.
Belaire was without senior forward Terrance Johnson, but Eric Matthews rallied the Bengals (13-5) with 15 points. Robert Lewis pitched in with 12 points, and Benjamin Percy added nine.
For Beau Chene, Deontre Eaglin topped all scorers with 17 points. Still, playing without the court presence of guard Lawrence Richard was a major factor, Beau Chene coach Lorenso Williams said.
“It was a totally different game,” Williams said. “Not having (Richard) on possessions where we could have scored, he would have been there. That was the biggest difference for us.”
Jakavin Savant scored on three consecutive possessions to force a tie at 6. Belaire forged a 16-8 lead after one quarter and never trailed.
Landry-Walker 58, Comeaux 40: Comeaux scored 14 of the final 19 points in the first half as it trailed only 22-21 at halftime. The Spartans then took a 24-22 lead on Ferontay Banks’ 3-pointer but managed just one point the rest of the third quarter.
Mike Smith tallied a game-high 17 points for Comeaux (12-6). Devaughn Thomas added 12.
“Their guard play is so good,” Comeaux coach Jeremy Whittington said of Landry-Walker. “And I thought they played solid defense all the way. In the first half, we were getting to the basket. We drew some fouls and scored some points.”