Prep boys roundups: Cathedral takes home tournament crown
VICKSBURG — Led by Jardarius Anderson and R.J. Givens, the Cathedral Green Wave defeated the St. Joseph-Madison Bruins 65-46 Saturday afternoon to win the boys’ championship of the Catholic Christmas Tournament at St. Aloysius High School.
Anderson led all scorers with 17 points and Givens overcame early foul trouble to finish with 11 points. James Coley also ran into early foul trouble, but he ended up with 10 points.
Cathedral head coach Peter Arnold said that this game was by far the most complete game his team has played from the opening tip to the final buzzer, and it was a team effort on both ends of the court that was a big factor.
However, Hamilton suffered an ankle injury late in the first half and was unable to return to the game. Hall finished with eight points and Weadock added six points. Ishmael Blackmon scored nine points.
Cathedral outscored St. Joseph-Madison 17-8 in the second quarter and 24-17 in the third quarter for a commanding 56-37 lead. Kydarrius Williams led he Bruins with 13 points.
Cathedral (4-5) hosts Loyd Star at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Vidalia 58, Jefferson County 37
FAYETTE — The Vidalia Vikings got back on the winning track in emphatic fashion as they defeated the host Jefferson County Tigers 58-37 Saturday night at the Miss-Lou Hoops Tournament.
Isiah Thompson led Vidalia with a game-high 21 points and Julius Wilson contributed in a big way with 16 points.
The first quarter did not go the way Jefferson County head coach Marcus Walton envisioned as the Tigers scored a mere two points while Vidalia could hardly be slowed down on its way to scoring 18 points.
The Vikings outscored the Tigers in the next three quarters — 13-10 in the second quarter, 18-17 in the third and 9-8 in the fourth.
Ry’Yale Brown led the Tigers with 18 points, and Christian Day chipped in with 10 points.
Vidalia (6-3) takes on Tensas High School at 8 p.m. at the Madison Parish Tournament in Tallulah, La. Jefferson County (5-6) doesn’t play again until Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. against Prentiss at the Jefferson County Holiday Tournament.
Natchez High 48, Ferriday 39
FAYETTE — De’Arius Griffin scored a game-high 20 points and Keylan Wimley had 13 points as the Natchez High Bulldogs held on for a 48-39 win over the Ferriday Trojans Saturday afternoon at the Miss-Lou Hoops Tournament at Jefferson County High School.
Natchez High took command early on and led Ferriday 12-4 at the end of the first quarter. The Bulldogs then outscored the Trojans 14-11 in the second quarter for a 26-15 halftime lead.
Led by Da’John Mitchell and Ronald Williams, Ferriday fought back in the third quarter and outscored Natchez High 13-7 to make it a 33-28 ball game. However, the Bulldogs had a response of their own as they outscored the Trojans 15-11 in the fourth quarter. Mitchell finished with 11 points and Williams added 10 points.
Natchez High (9-0) begins MHSAA Division 6-5A play at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it hosts Pearl River Central. Ferriday plays at Franklin Parish at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Block 77, FCCHS 52
HARRISONBURG — Raymond Plummer scored 19 points and Trevor Vault had 10 points as the Block Bears defeated Family Community Christian High School of Winnsboro, La., 77-52 Saturday night to win the boys’ championship of the Harrisonburg Tournament.
The first three quarters were pretty much dominated by Block. The Bears raced out to a 19-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and then outscored Family Community Christian 17-12 in the second quarter for a 36-21 halftime lead.
The Bears scored 20 points in the third quarter while holding their opponents to just 10 points for a commanding 56-31 lead.
Kailynn Curry added nine points and Terris Evans chipped in with eight points.
Block (4-4) hosts Monterey at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Block 47, Monterey 29
HARRISONBURG — Block advanced to the boys’ title game of the Harrisonburg Tournament by defeating the Monterey Wolves 47-29 Saturday afternoon.
Monterey jumped out to a 14-9 lead after one quarter of play, but it was all Block after that. The Bears took the lead in the second quarter and led the Wolves 20-17 at halftime. Block then outscored Monterey 12-5 in the third quarter for a 32-22 lead and put the game on ice with a 15-7 advantage in the fourth quarter.
A.J. Barber led Block with 14 points and Trevor Vault had 11 points.
Monterey (10-3) next plays at Block at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.