Istrouma, GOHS, Central all win at Kinsley tourney

CENTRAL — Istrouma, Glen Oaks and Central all scored Thursday wins highlighting second day action at the 34th annual Charles T. Kinsley memorial tournament.

Glen Oaks edged Catholic High 43-41 in the closest game of the day. Istrouma ran past Zachary 73-42, and tournament-host Central easily handled Belaire 81-27. Defending tournament champion Scotlandville took on Tara in the last game of the day.

Istrouma 73, Zachary 42: Devin Bethany made eight 3-pointers leading Istrouma High to a 73-42 win over Zachary.

Istrouma (5-3) built a comfortable first-half lead, and then ran away from the Broncos in the second. In the third, the Indians stretched a 34-19 halftime lead to 52-30 entering the foruth, and never looked back.

“That was probably one of our better games,” Istrouma coach Aaron Pearson said. “Two of our losses were by less than seven points, and could have gone either way. We’re just trying to get better right now.”

Zachary was led by Kelveion Johnson with eight points, and Brandon Williams with seven. The closest the Broncos could get in the fourth was 55-32. Istrouma’s Marquise Kaigler, who scored 14, gave the Indians their largest lead of the game on a follow shot for a 71-33 lead with three minutes left.

Bethany, who had four fourth quarter steals, was 4 of 4 from 3-point range in the final quarter.

“We did a better job rebounding the ball,” Pearson said. “It was still a close game at halftime, and the third quarter was an important quarter. We got some stops and we shot the ball pretty well. That always helps.”

Central 81, Belaire 27: Central didn’t wait until the second half to put away Belaire as the tournament host Wildcats scored an 81-27 win.

The Wildcats (2-0) Justin Jemison topped all scorers with 23 points, and got support from Jordin Williams (16) and Larry Bradford (10) as nine different players scored.

Belaire, which never led, got six points from Vershon Augustus, and four apiece from Darius Williams and Joshua Coleman.

“We’re getting a late start. Everyone else has already played seven or eight games,” Central coach Ron Lewis said. “We’ve only been practicing with the whole team for five days. We’re glad their all back, and ready to get on the court.”

Belaire struggled with Central’s press early on, and committed eight first-quarter turnovers. Central moved out to a 13-4 lead on Jemison’s steal and basket midway through, and went on to a 19-9 lead.

Jemison scored five points as Central opened the second quarter with an 11-0 run. The lead was 37-12 with a minute left in the half before Belaire scored the last four points of the half.

Up next for Central is perennial Baton Rouge powere Glen Oaks, which edged Catholic High Thursday afternoon.

“We’ve got a tough test,” Lewis said. “(Glen Oaks coach Harvey Adger) is going to have his guys ready to play.

“They take a lot of pride in their defense and that’s where we’re trying to get to. We want to become the best, and the only way you do that is to play the best.”