Bogalusa defeats FHS after late first-half run

Published 5:34 pm Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fontainebleau hung in against a quick and athletic Bogalusa team Wednesday, but a late first-half run by the Lumberjacks keyed a 60-44 victory in the first game of the 2012 Skipper Classic, hosted by Mandeville High.

Fontainebleau led 24-20 after Brandon Lemoine, who tallied 10 points, knocked down two free throws with 5:27 remaining in the first half. Up to that point, the game was a back-and-forth battle that saw neither team lead by more than four.

“They are a very scrappy team and a very good shooting team,” Bogalusa coach Ken Martin said. “They basically shot us out of the zone we were in. We had to just kind of recover. We were larger than them, so we had an advantage inside. We were fortunate enough to take advantage.”

Trailing by four, the Lumberjacks went on a 13-0 run over 4:41. Rodney Crumedy, who scored 10 points, began things with a jumper at the 4:58 mark. Sheddrick Griffin tied it with a layup. Brian Williams, who registered a game-high 21 points, gave his club a 26-24 lead before adding a field goal, then converting a three-point play and knocking down another bucket. It was 33-24 with 17-seconds showing.

Williams credited his teammates for performance.

“They helped me out. I got some shots to go down, and I got to the free-throw line,” Williams said.

FHS’ Logan Thompson ended the spurt with a buzzer-beating layup, trimming it to 33-26 at halftime.

Bulldogs’ coach Barry Dotson said his team needed to capitalize on some scoring opportunities early.

“I think we scored the ball well, but we could’ve scored a lot more early on,” Dotson said. “If they got the lead and they wanted to pull it out, we weren’t going to be able to chase them. They’re just a little more athletic than us, and it was going to be a tough night.”

Bogalusa added to its lead, outscoring FHS 19-10 in the third period.

Their biggest lead during the period was 17 at 52-33 when Trevonne Mingo hit Chris Lowery for two with 20 seconds left.

Fontainebleau’s Joseph Ascani provided a highlight reel moment when he launched a half-court shot at the buzzer that found the bottom of the net.

The Lumberjacks built their lead to 20 on two separate occasions in the fourth at 56-36 and 58-38. FHS got no closer than 16.

The schedule had three more games in the eight-team event, which features five clubs from St. Tammany. Following yesterday’s press time, Salmen played Catholic of Baton Rouge, and Mandeville went against Bogalusa for the right to compete in tomorrow’s championship game. Yesterday’s other contests included Fontainebleau facing Lakeshore, and Slidell battling West Jefferson.

Tomorrow’s slate was originally scheduled for today but was pushed back due to the Skippers’ football team traveling to Joe Yenni Stadium to play top seeded Archbishop Rummel in the Class 5A state semifinals.