Central upsets Istrouma

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Wildcats knock off second-seeded Indians, advance to semifinals

After pulling out a one-point win against Baker in the final seconds Wednesday, No. 7-seeded Central pulled off the biggest upset of the East Baton Rouge Parish Tournament so far, beating No. 2-seed Istrouma 54-50 Thursday night at Southern University F.G. Clark Center.

The two teams were neck and neck the whole way through, with Central’s Jordin Williams hitting a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to give the Wildcats a one-point halftime lead.

Central, powered by Williams’ 20 points and 14 from Cameron Brooks, pulled ahead by 11 at the end of the third quarter and survived a late Istrouma run to advance to the semifinals.

“These guys never gave up,” said Central coach Ron Lewis. “Our defense tonight was pretty good. Istrouma is an excellent team, and to beat them and to hold their point guard, we did a pretty good job doing that.”

Istrouma point guard Devin Bethley still managed 15 points, but his production was limited down the stretch, scoring just four points in the second half.

The Indians had a chance to take the lead late in the game, but Central drew two clutch charging calls to nip the potential run in the bud.

“(Central) played well,” said Istrouma coach Aaron Pearson. “They played basketball, and we didn’t match their intensity. We didn’t play well enough to win.”

Istrouma is in unfamiliar territory, playing to avoid elimination. The Indians will take on Woodlawn at 3 p.m. Friday.

Scotlandville 57, McKinley 44: No. 1-seeded Scotlandville flexed its muscles again, outmanning McKinley in its tournament opener.

Scotlandville, which earned a first-round bye with the top seed, got off to a slow start, leading by just two points at the end of the first quarter. The Hornets busted things open with 20 points in the second quarter — nine of which came from Tre’Lun Banks — to take a 31-20 halftime lead and outlasted a strong second-half from McKinley to advance to the semifinals.

“It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it,” said Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample.

“I’d rather an ugly win than a pretty loss any day. I wasn’t too pleased with our effort tonight.”

Scotlandville’s Damien Jones led all scorers with
17 and added six blocks and eight rebounds to his totals. Tre’Lun Banks followed with 12 points.

McKinley’s Lanard Daniels, who was the Panthers’ leading scorer Wednesday night with 23 points, got into foul trouble early, committing three fouls in the first quarter which limited his playing time in the first half. But Daniels helped power the late McKinley push, chalking up 14 of his 17 points in the second half. Delwin Rodney helped out with 14 points.

McKinley will fight for survival against Glen Oaks at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, while Scotlandville faces Tara at 6 p.m.

“We’re not as disciplined as we need to be to win games,” Sample said. “I take blame for that, and it’s something that we’ll be fixing as we go forward.”

Broadmoor 33, Belaire 23: Broadmoor pulled out a 10-point win against Belaire to stay alive in the tournament.

The Bucs’ Tremaine Porter led all scorers with 12 points, followed by Josh St. Cyr and Collin Woods, who each chipped in eight points. Belaire, which was eliminated from the tournament, was paced by DeMarcus Jones, who also scored eight, and Darius Williams, who added seven points.

Broadmoor held a narrow 3-point lead at haltime in the defensive duel, and slowly pulled ahead, holding Belaire to just eight second-half points.

The Bucs will face Northeast at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Northeast had Thursday off after losing, 67-61, to McKinley in the tournament’s opening game Wednesday.

Southern Lab 76, Capitol 48: After losing a three-point nail biter in overtime to Woodlawn on Wednesday, Southern Lab recovered to down Capitol, powered by two 23-point performances.

Both Marquise Richard and Trent Flowers put up 23 for the Kittens, who advanced to play Baker at noon Friday. Baker lost to Central on a last-second layup Wednesday and had an off-day Thursday.

Capitol’s Johnny Thomas scored 19 points, 13 of which came in the second half in an effort to rally the Lions, but to no avail. Quantrell Stevenson also put up 12 in as Capitol was eliminated.

Tara 52, Glen Oaks 49: In the first winners’ game of the day, Tara outlasted a persistent Glen Oaks, 52-49, to advance to the semifinals.

Tyrian Davis and Shaquille Reed did the majority of the scoring for the Trojans, each putting up 18 points in the tight victory.

The win pits Tara against top-seeded Scotlandville in the semifinals in Friday’s headliner at 6:00.

Glen Oaks’ Chris Thomas, who led all scorers Wednesday with 29 points, was held to 13 points Thursday, followed by Jalen Variste, who chipped in with 12.

The Panthers will play McKinley at 1:30 p.m. Friday hoping to avoid elimination.

Zachary 43, Woodlawn 37: Powered by 12 points from Bryant Lang and 11 more from Trey Hillis, Zachary fended off Woodlawn for a victory to advance to the semifinals.

Zachary will play Central at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Zachary led by four at halftime and held onto the lead the rest of the way through. Woodlawn’s Cam Lazare scored 11, while Chris Williams pitched in 9 in the loss.

Woodlawn plays Istrouma at 3 p.m. Friday in an elimination game.