Parish boys teams continue play
Published 8:17 am Friday, December 7, 2012
The Bogalusa Lumberjacks won an overtime thriller Tuesday against the Franklinton Demons, 63-58. Bogalusa led at halftime, 25-21, but Franklinton came back in the third period to take a 36-35 lead. The Demons had a three-point lead with seven seconds left, but they turned the ball over. They still had the lead with four seconds left, but the Demon defense fouled Jacks’ shooter Brian Williams, who calmly stepped to the line and sank all three free throws to tie it at 55-55 with no time left on the clock.
Rodney Crumedy and Donel Magee made some big shots in the OT with Trey Thomas and Thad Baham leading the way on defense. The Jacks outscored the Demons 8-3 in the OT session to take the win.
Williams was the leading scorer for the Jacks with 26 points, while Chris Lowery had 14.
The 3-5 Lumberjacks will go on the road Tuesday to take on Varnado.
The Franklinton Demons finished in third place in last week’s Jewel-Sumner Tournament. The Demons, coached by Randall Ginn, beat Kentwood, 59-15, and Mt. Hermon, 73-65.
In the Kentwood game Degion Alston was the leading scorer with 15 points. Against Mt. Hermon Tray Anders had 18 points, and Logan Seal contributed 17 in the 73-65 victory.
The Demons lost their 6foot-7 senior leader Lester Crosby to a ACL injury in the first minute of the tournament.
“We just found out that Lester (Crosby) is out for the season,” said Ginn. “This a huge blow to the team, which will require our coaching staff to re-think our season.”
On Monday the Demons lost to Warren Easton, 68-57. Anders was the leading scorer with 24, followed by Alston with 17.
“We are still in the process of trying to figure out the direction of the team after losing Crosby,” said Ginn.
On Tuesday the Demons lost a heartbreaker to Bogalusa in overtime, 63-58.
“We had a three-point lead with seven seconds left in regulation, and we turned the ball over,” said Ginn. “We still had a three-point lead with four seconds and fouled their shooter who tied it up to force overtime.”
Bogalusa outscored the Demons in the OT session 8-3 to take the win.
On Tuesday, the Demons will host the Mandeville Skippers. The Demons are currently 4-3 on the season.
The Bowling Green Buccaneers have had a lot of success early in the season. To date they have put together a 7-1 season in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools program. They are on a six-game winning season following their opening game loss to Trinity Episcopal.
Recently the Bucs have beaten Copiah Academy, 48-36, and Columbia Academy, 54-39.
In the first game it was a back and forth affair that saw BG ahead 16-8 after the first period and on top at halftime, 29-26. But thanks to some stout defensive play the Bucs shut down Copiah and held them to only 10 points in the second half. Patrick Roublow sank 17 points, and Mac McElveen recorded 16 in the win.
“It was a good feeling to beat these guys after losing to them twice last season,” said head coach Pat King. “Our defense was dominate in this one.”
In the win against Columbia it was also the defense that spelled the difference. The first period ended with BG holding a lead of 11-10. They extended that lead to 28-17 at the half, and outscored them 26-22 in the second half to ice it.
McElveen was the scoring leader with 14 followed by Roublow with 11 and K.J. Robertson with 10.
King summed it up saying, “We are looking for to our district schedule to really see how good we are.”
The Buccaneers are in MAIS Class 2A District 6 and will open the season against Centreville.
The Ben’s Ford Eagles, coached by Shadd Pittman, played a non-district game against Pontchartrain Home School this week, losing 69-56. The Eagles play in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools and are in Class 1A District 4.
The Eagles never led in the game and were down 15-7 after the first period and 37-18 at the half. The second half was more of the same with PHS outscoring the Eagles in both periods for the win.
Ben’s Ford had three players in double figures. Leading the way was Destin Pittman with 14 and Cody Stewert and Ke’Darrius Peters each with 12 points. “Most of our kids have come in from different schools, so we are still trying to learn how to play together,” said Pittman. “Our goal is to be consistent in all four periods of a game, which we have only done once this season.”
The Eagles currently sport a 4-5 record on the year. District action will start next week when they travel to Prentiss to take on Prentiss Christian School.