Madison Prep, PAHS, Brusly pick up wins

BRUSLY — Four games kicked off the Brusly Tournament on Wednesday. In the first game, Port Allen had five players in double figures as it steamrolled St. John of Plaquemine, 92-28. Madison Prep ran its record to 12-0 in the second game with a 51-35 win over Assumption. Host Brusly finished strong to top East Iberville 75-49 in the third game.

MADISON PREP 51, ASSUMPTION 35: Madison Prep got 19 points from LSU signee Jarell Martin and nine from Brandon Sampson to hold off the scrappy Mustangs.

The Chargers held Assumption (1-2) to one point in the second quarter to run up a 33-12 halftime lead, but was outscored 23-18 in the second half.

Madison Prep coach Jeffery Jones wasn’t impressed with his team’s performance.

“The only thing I saw tonight that I liked was that we came out on top,” Jones said. “It was a very uninspired performance. We came out flat in the first quarter, held them to one point in the second and then went flat again in the third quarter.”

The Chargers were coming off a tournament in Dallas where they defeated teams nationally ranked No. 3 and No. 19, and had another tough win against St. James on Monday night.

“We play four sophomores and a freshman,” Jones said, “and sometimes it’s hard to get kids to see that you have to play every game like a championship game. We just underestimated Assumption, and they came out and played hard.”

Coy Smith and Malik Mills had 10 points apiece to pace the Mustangs.

Both teams had trouble hanging on to the ball, as Madison Prep (12-0) committed 18 turnovers to 17 for the Mustangs.

Assumption couldn’t compete with the 6-foot-9 Martin and 6-8 freshman Yuryk Lazard inside, but coach Roland Moore said he was pleased with their overall effort.

“At halftime I told them to finish tough, and they kept fighting right to the end,” Moore said. “I think we might have been a little intimidated at the beginning, but we kept fighting and did better in the second half.”

BRUSLY 75, EAST IBERVILLE 49: Brusly had three players in double figures, led by Micah Spears with 22, as the Panthers pulled away with a 21-10 fourth quarter.

After Brusly (4-1) went ahead by 13 at the half, the Tigers, led by Darryl Ingram’s seven points, pulled within 10 midway through the third quarter.

But Brusly’s outside-inside combination of DeMario Jackson and Spears combined for 21 second-half points to put East Iberville away.

Spears had eight first-quarter points, while Jay Christophe had nine to stake the Panthers to a 21-10 lead before the Tigers came back to tighten the game.

“Defense, defense, defense,” Brusly coach Harold Boudreaux said. “We had some nice blocked shots, and we rebounded pretty good. Our chemistry is still swirling around, still coming together, but players are trying to do what they’re supposed to, and that’s going to fall in place further down the line.”

Brusly forward Travin Thibodeaux came on strong with three second-half blocks and a crowd-pleasing dunk before exiting with a jammed thumb.

“I told him at halftime he needed to pick it up on the defensive end,” Boudreaux said. “Sometimes you just have to push the right buttons.”

Jackson finished with 18 points, including 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, and Christophe finished with 14.

East Iberville (0-3) is in the process of transitioning from the football season.

“We’re just trying to improve in every area, looking ahead to district,” coach Doug Schultz said.