MIDLAND – It was supposed to be a shootout between two of the top offensive teams in District 7-B.
It was also expected to be another close game that came down to the wire.
But when the final horn sounded, it was neither.
The Midland Rebels held Hathaway superstar Dylan Augustine to just 12 points and went on a scoring barrage themselves in a surprisingly easy 73-32 victory over the Hornets.
The victory sent the Rebels to 24-7 overall and 7-1 in league play. It also avenged a 68-65 road loss to the Hornets two weeks ago.
Hathaway fell to 19-10 and 8-1.
“We are at our best when we are guarding and we guarded well tonight,” said Midland coach Todd Briley. “We did a good job on Augustine and that kind of rattled them.
“We were guarding them and getting stops and that was the key.”
Hathaway got two quick buckets from Augustine and Nick Breaux to stake a 4-0 lead with just over six minutes to go in the opening frame.
That was the beginning of the end for the Hornets.
Devin Gautreaux poured in nine points and the Rebels went on a 20-0 run to end the quarter.
And it didn’t get any better for the Hornets from there.
Jake Gautreaux took over in the second quarter and drilled three 3-pointers to help push the Rebels lead to 37-14.
“We shot the ball pretty well tonight,” said Briley, whose team connected on nine 3-pointers on the night. “We hit shots and on the other end, we got rolling.
“We really moved the ball well today and everybody really played well. It was just an all around effort”
Jake Gautreaux continued his tear in the third quarter and poured in nine more points as the Rebels outscored the Hornets 21-14.
Hathaway’s frustration led to two intentional fouls in the final eight minutes. The Rebels connected on six of their 12 free throws with the reserves on the court in the final frame and went on to outscore Hathaway 15-4.
Augustine, who torched Midland for 35 points in the two teams’ first meeting, was limited to just 12 Tuesday.
“Randy (Primeaux) did a great job on Augustine,” said Briley of Primeaux, who guarded Augustine for most of the game. “He didn’t score much but his contribution on defense was huge.”
Jake Gautreaux hit five 3-pointers on the night and finished with a game-high 24 points.
Devin Gautreaux and Darren Arceneaux followed with 15 points each and Alan Vondenstein had 11. Randy Primeaux added four points and Floyd Baker had two. Traven Guidry and Nick Primeaux rounded out the offensive attack with one point each.
Midland will travel to Grand Lake on Friday and then close out the regular season at home on Monday against Lacassine.
LADY REBELS 60
MIDLAND – Maggie Mott’s putback at the buzzer gave Hathaway a dramatic double-overtime victory over Midland Tuesday evening.
The Lady Rebels fell to 15-18 overall and 3-5 in District 7-C play with the loss. Hathaway improved to 24-6 and 8-1.
Midland led by four late in the fourth quarter but turned the ball over twice, enabling Hathaway to tie the game at 47-47.
The Lady Rebels had their chances in the first overtime, but they went just 2-for-8 from the free throw line in the extra period as the Lady Hornets battled back to tie the game at 51-51.
The game looked to be headed to a third overtime when the Hornets missed a jumper in the lane. However, Mott was there for the putback to thwart Midland’s upset bid.
Kristen Breaux paced Midland with 19 points. Katie Woods followed with 13 points while Bethany LeJeune and Brooke Comeaux each had 10. Melody Hebert added six points and Kalli Benoit had two.