Bogalusa, Franklinton open summer hoops

Published 12:24 am Friday, June 1, 2018

MANDEVILLE — Franklinton’s T.Y. Pope scored 33 points, helping the Demons defeated St. Stanislaus on the first day of Lakeshore/Mandeville Summer Basketball League at Mandeville High School on Tuesday.
The teams played a pair of 20-minute halves with a running clock until the 1-minute mark of each half, when the standard clock operating rules went into affect. Players were awarded one free throw on all shooting fouls, and the free throw was worth the number of points the shot was worth.
The Demons took a 27-23 lead to halftime, but used nearly the first 10 minutes of the second half to break the game open.
Pope opened the second-half scoring with a free throw to make it a 29-23 lead. That started a 15-5 run.
Mike Martin and Pope combined on the next six points with a 3-pointer from each at the 14:47 mark. St. Stanislaus responded with a 3-pointer of its own after Pope’s three.
The teams exchanged buckets with Pope hitting for the Demons.
It was 37-28 with 13:17 to go.
Franklinton tallied the next five points. Pope hit a jumper and Mike Martin knocked down one of his two 3-pointers and it was 42-28 with 10:04 left in the second half.
From there, Franklinton’s lead never went below double digits in the 54-41 victory.
“I just love how hard we played,” Franklinton coach Brad Oestriecher said. “Of course there are going to be mistakes — we’ve got a lot of new guys — but we played hard, especially on the defensive end.”
Pope was successful on a trio of 3-pointers.
Martin posted eight points, which included the two 3-pointers.
Kian Conerly had five points while Avant Monnie posted four and Chris Reinsch and Javan Hart added two each. Conerly hit a 3-pointer.
Later that day, Franklinton defeated Albany 56-39 to move to 2-0 in the league.
Bogalusa lost its first game to Mandeville, 55-48.
Bogalusa had a 41-40 lead with 8:43 left. The Lumberjacks trailed 45-44 at the 6:13 mark, but struggled down the stretch in the seven-point loss.
Bogalusa was victorious over Albany in its second game of the day, 39-22.
Jalen Brickmore and Josh Taylor led the Lumberjacks in points for both games.
Brickmore and Demarcus Spikes were the rebounding leaders.
Bogalusa coach Randall Ginn said his defensive leaders were Spikes and Shad Gamble.
“The best thing about summer league is putting the players in game situations and seeing how they respond to opposite color jerseys,” Ginn said. “The best thing we did (Tuesday) was bouncing back from a 14-0 early deficit to Mandeville to actually taking a lead in the second half. That’s a great building block with young players.”
Both teams continued play in the league on Thursday.

Bogalusa’s Josh Taylor goes strong to the bucket in the second half of the opener on Tuesday afternoon. Taylor and Jalen Brickmore led the Lumberjacks in scoring for both games.