GRAY — The weather outside might have been near freezing, but the basketball action inside on the court couldn’t have been any hotter for the H.L. Bourgeois Braves.
H.L. Bourgeois had an incredibly hot night of shooting, and at times Houma Christian could only watch in awe as the Braves routed the Warriors, 78-53, at the Gene Simmons Memorial Tournament at H.L. Bourgeois High Thursday night.
The Braves started strong, getting out to a 10-3 lead at the 5:00 mark of the opening stanza. Anthony Rainey, the Braves’ hottest shooter on this night, drilled the first of many 3-point shots to put his team up 15-6 with under four minutes to play in the quarter.
A 6-0 run by the Warriors, which turned out to be their best stretch of the night, cut the lead to 15-12 and forced a Braves timeout.
But by the second quarter, H.L. Bourgeois (5-4 overall) heated up and imposed its will. Rainey’s 3-pointer gave the Braves their first double digit lead of the night at 24-12 with 5:20 to play until halftime.
Terrell Barrow, another hot-shooter, added a 3-pointers and the Braves suddenly pushed the lead to 22 at 35-13. Barrow added another 3-pointer on his next trip down the floor — part of four consecutive 3-point baskets by Barrow — and it was 38-13, a 25-point lead suddenly in the blink of an eye. The Braves were on a 21-1 run as the half came to a close.
H.L. Bourgeois carried its strong play well into the second half and led by as many as 29 in the fourth quarter.
It was one of the best shooting nights Braves coach Andrew Caillouet had seen in a long time.
“We just got ungodly hot,” Caillouet said. “We don’t shoot the ball like that every night, but (Barrow) hit those four in a row, and (Rainey) was either 6-of-8 or 6-of-9 from the 3-point line. One of our better 3-point shooters, Deondre Buggage, didn’t shoot the ball well (Thursday). So when you’ve got one guy not shooting the ball well and still find a way to come through, that’s pretty good.
“The thing that makes it fun to coach a group like this is when Terrell hit the first one and then the second one, the kids understand that when somebody is hot, get him the ball. It’s just the right thing to do no matter who’s hot.”
Rainey led the way for H.L. Bourgeois with 23 points. Barrow had 12 points for the Braves — all on the 3-pointers.
JaCorey Ward had 22 points for Houma Christian (3-5 overall) and Trent Washington added 20.
“Pretty much every shot they took was an open shot,” Warriors coach Freddie Frye said. “When you’ve got a team that lives and dies by the 3, you’ve got to run them off that 3-point line. Now that we’re a bigger team, we’ve got to make them put the ball on the floor and run them off the 3-point line to make them shoot over our ‘trees.’ "
The Braves led 17-12 led after the first quarter, 38-15 at the half, and 60-36 at the end of the third quarter.
BOYS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
ELLENDER 63, TERREBONNE 49 (at Gene Simmons Memorial tournament in Gray, nondistrict game)
Score by quarters: Terrebonne led 15-13 after the first quarter and 31-30 at halftime. Ellender led 53-39 at the end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: Ellender — Marquie Mosely (30 points), Frank Robinson (14 points); Terrebonne — Keshawn James (22 points), Daveyon Smith (10 points).
Records: Ellender (2-7 overall); Terrebonne (3-6 overall).
WESTGATE/CENTRAL LAFOURCHE GAME POSTPONED
The Westgate versus Central Lafourche boys basketball game set for the Gene Simmons Memorial tournament wasn’t played due to road conditions associated with bad weather on Thursday.
No decision has been made yet on if the game will be rescheduled at the tournament.
EAST ASCENSION 78, ASSUMPTION 53 (at East Ascension tournament in Gonzales, nondistrict game)
Records: East Ascension (2-1 overall); Assumption (3-6 overall).
COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 63, LEE HIGH 56 (at Episcopal tournament in Baton Rouge, nondistrict game)
Score by quarters: CCA led 19-9 after the first quarter and 31-28 at halftime. Lee led 45-43 at the end of the third quarter.
Statistical leaders: CCA — Dakarai Johnson (38 points, 13 rebounds; scored 15 points in fourth quarter), Trenton Holloway (eight points), Anthony Ruffin (eight points).
Records: CCA (4-1 overall); Lee (2-4 overall).
NOTE: CCA will play Woodlawn-Baton Rouge at 5 p.m. Friday.
FRANKLIN AT SOUTH TERREBONNE POSTPONED
The Franklin at South Terrebonne boys basketball games were postponed due to bad weather conditions on Thursday.
No makeup date has been released.
-- Compiled by Chris Singleton/Staff Writer