CROWLEY – The Crowley Gents finally got over the hump Friday and they did so in a big way.
The Gents went on a 9-0 run in the first minutes of the contest and never looked back in a 56-25 victory over Notre Dame in a District 4-3A matchup at A.B. Dore gym.
With the much-needed victory, the Gents ended a three-game district slide and improved to 10-12 overall and 1-3 in league play. Notre Dame fell to 3-19 and 0-4.
“This was a big win for us, not only for district and the playoffs, but for our confidence,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose squad had lost three straight games that each went down to the wire heading into Friday’s contest. “Especially after losing three heartbreakers; games that we felt that we should have won.”
For Notre Dame, the struggles began early. The Pios had trouble against Crowley’s man-to-man trap defense and the Gents picked up some quick steals in the first few minutes that led to easy baskets in transition.
“Crowley has some superb athletes and that was the difference right there,” said Notre Dame coach Donald Adams. “When you can’t execute on offense and you don’t get back on defense, it makes it hard for you to win a ballgame.
“When they have super athletes like they (Crowley) do and then they came in here hungry trying to get back in the race, it makes it tough.”
The Gents limited the Pios to just one basket from the floor and three free throws in the opening frame and took a 15-5 advantage. They followed that up with a 5-0 run to start the second quarter and got 10 points from John Davis to help extend their cushion to 34-15 at the half.
“We really wanted to get off to a strong start and we came out and played control ball and we were fundamentally sound on defense,” said Boone. “Notre Dame only had a few ball handlers so we pretty much keyed on those guys and got some steals that led to some quick points.
“Our core guys started each quarter and they started strong. They really got after it and that’s what I wanted to see.”
The Gents started the second half on an 8-0 that was capped by a highlight reel dunk by Marcus Williams after yet another Notre Dame turnover. Damon Malbrough took over from there and scored eight more points as the Gents pushed the lead to 50-20.
“We got down and we didn’t execute our offense so it made it really bad,” said Adams, whose team hit just two shots from the floor in the third quarter. “When one team is scoring and the other team is just going down the court...We just didn’t match their intensity.”
The Gents slowed the tempo in the final frame but still managed to outscore the Pios, 6-5.
Davis had all six of the Gents’ fourth quarter points, including a NBA range 3-pointer midway through the frame.
Davis led all scorers on the night with 16 points. He was followed by Damon Malbrough with 12 points and Williams with eight.
Andre Mills added five points, Tiron Foreman, Jesse Harmon and Danny Malbrough each had four and Calvin Robinson had three.
Alex Thomas and Luke Habetz paced Notre Dame with six points each and Tre Milstead had five. Hunter Meche, Brent Didier and Tyler Simar each added two points while Bryce Brandon and Joe Stringfellow had one each.
IOTA 45, MAMOU 27
MAMOU – The Iota Lady Bulldogs ran their win streak to three games with a convincing victory over District 5-2A foe Mamou Friday evening.
The victory sent the Lady Dogs to 8-15 overall and, more importantly, to 3-0 in league play. It also sets up a road showdown with Ville Platte, the league’s only other unbeaten team, on Tuesday.
In Friday’s action, the Lady Dogs jumped out to a five-point lead in the first quarter and extended their cushion to 19-10 at the half.
The Lady Dogs pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring Mamou, 16-7 before each team scored 10 points in the final frame.
Iota’s leading scorer was Mallory Faul with 18 points. She also pulled down 11 rebounds for her third straight double-double.
Brittany Johnson added 11 points and Taylor DeVille had six points to go along with 10 rebounds and five blocks. Jillian Boone scored five points, Madison Smith had seven and Paige Soirez had one.