Amite ends Lumberjack win streak at 10

Published 7:47 am Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Bogalusa Lumberjacks suffered a stinging defeat in a hostile environment Friday at district rival Amite. It was the first loss the Jacks have had in nearly a month and a half and brought an end to their 10-game win streak. Bogalusa was 12-6 overall after the game and 2-1 in District 8-3A play.

The Warriors brought heavy pressure on the defensive end from the opening tip and succeeded in creating scoring opportunities off of turnovers. Bogalusa’s only lead of the game was at 4-3 in the opening minutes; Amite then went on a 17-0 run to build a 20-4 lead halfway through the first period. At the end of the first the lead stood at 28-10.

Bogalusa was able to claw its way back into the game in the second, opening the quarter with a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 13. A basket at the halftime buzzer by senior Chris Lowery cut Amite’s lead to 37-27 and gave his team a lift heading into the locker room.

In the second half the Lumberjacks looked much more comfortable against the full court pressure and continued to inch closer. A pair of free throws by senior Chris Rivera brought them within seven, 42-35, halfway through the third quarter. Unfortunately for Bogalusa that was as close as they would get; the Warriors outscored them 9-5 for the rest of the quarter to enter the fourth up 51-40.

The Lumberjacks continued to fight in the final quarter, but the Warriors were able to withstand the challenge on their way to the 66-59 win.

“Amite came ready to play tonight,” said Bogalusa head coach Ken Martin. “They’re fast and athletic, and they played excellent defense. But they still have to come to Bogalusa in a few weeks, and we feel like we’re the only team in the district that can beat them, so we’ll have something to prove when we see them again.”

Leading the Jacks in scoring was Ladamion Keys with 13 points. Also in the scoring column on the night were Brian Williams and Trevonne Mingo with nine apiece, Chris Rivera with eight, Chris Lowery with seven, Matt Melton with six, Rodney Crumedy with four, Donel Magee with two and Cordero Brown with one.