The Chalmette Owls opened their 22nd annual Christmas Classic tournament with a 50-24 win over the South Plaquemines Hurricanes on Thursday.

The Owls (6-5) controlled throughout and never trailed.

“I felt like our point guard Carlton Campbell did a good job pushing it and getting our transition game going,” said Chalmette coach Butch Stockton. “Once we got the game under control, we just kept it going.”

Chalmette dominated the game with its play in transition. Even when the Hurricanes hit their shots, Chalmette managed to push the ball up the court quickly before South Plaquemines could set up their defense. Chalmette also employed a full-court press, which gave the Hurricanes fits, especially in the first half.

“I knew South Plaquemines had a very young team,” Stockton said.

“I was very happy with the way our guys did our press, especially in the second half, when we were able to maintain our composure.”

Chalmette led 32-15 at halftime. The offenses bogged down in the second half, but Chalmette still managed to outscore the Hurricanes in each quarter.

Keith Lewis led the Owls with 12 points.

Stockton also singled Lewis out for the job he did rebounding, particularly on the offensive end.

“That’s all coach stresses, rebounding,” Lewis said, “so that’s what we give him.”

Glenshawn Amos added 11 points for the winners.

“My day was good,” Amos said.

“I was just running the floor and helping my team out, doing what we have to do to try to win this tournament.”

Chalmette will face either Jesuit or East Ascension in the winners bracket at 7:30 p.m. Friday. South Plaquemines will square off against the loser of that game at 4:30 p.m. Friday.