Chalk up two wins for the Class 1A guys.
Metairie Park Country Day and Central Catholic-Morgan City notched Hall of Fame Classic boys basketball victories over opponents from larger classifications.
J.C. Younger scored a game-high 25 points, including four 3-pointers, to help No. 4-ranked Country Day take a 50-41 come-from-behind victory over Class 4A Beau Chene in the first game Saturday afternoon at Baton Rouge Community College.
Central Catholic trailed briefly in the third quarter. But the Eagles surged by 5A Central 44-37 in the third game of the five-game event.
“This was definitely great experience to help us get ready for the playoffs,” Country Day coach Mike McGuire said. “Beau Chene is a good team from another class that we wouldn’t normally play. They’re athletic, and I think games like this make us better.”
Top-ranked Central Catholic got a game-high 16 points from Dontrell Brown, including one 3-pointer.
“It was good for us to see a team that would play man defense on us,” Central Catholic coach Ree Case said. “We see a lot of zone defenses, so this was a good test. Plus, it was good for us to play in a big arena like this.”
COUNTRY DAY 50, BEAU CHENE 41: Beau Chene (14-9) jumped out to am 11-8 lead after the first quarter.
BCHS did a good job of limiting scoring chances for one of the Cajuns’ top scorers Scott Plaisance.
Younger said McGuire reminded him at halftime to be more aggressive and look to take shots in the second half. The strategy paid off and also opened things up for Kent McGuire and Plaisance, who each scored 11 points.
“Coach told me I needed to look to shoot more,” Younger said. “I started hitting shots and when they came out to guard me, our other guys scored.”
Country Day (15-7) also scored 31 of its 50 points in the final half.
Louisiana Tech signee Dominic Jackson, who finished with 12 points, was the lone double figures scorer for Beau Chene. Denzel Austin added nine.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 44, CENTRAL 37: The teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter, with CCMC (17-3) coming away with a slim 13-12 lead.
The second quarter offered more of the same. Each team scored 12 points in the period and Central Catholic led 25-24.
Central (10-9) opened the second half with a surge and led by four points.
But a 3-pointer by Nick Case proved to be pivotal as the Eagles rallied and then added to their lead. Josh Singleton added nine points for the winners.
Scoring opportunities for Central diminished as the second half continued. The Wildcats scored only five points in the third quarter and eight in the fourth. Justin Jemison led Central with 14 points, while Terrell Chatman added 10.