Prep roundups: Saints beat Spartans

Published 12:10 am Wednesday, December 8, 2010

BASTROP, La. — After giving up 110 points to a Central Private team ranked No. 5 in Class AA, the Trinity Episcopal Saints got back on track Tuesday night with an 85-58 win over the Prairie View Academy Spartans.

Four players scored in double figures for a Trinity Episcopal team that went into this game ranked No. 5 in Class despite a 1-2 record. Kent King led the Saints with 23 points while Tip McKenzie had 15 points and Givonni Dent and Tanner Cage each scored 11 points.

Prairie View did its best to stay with Trinity in the first half thanks in large part to Curtis Blakeley, who led all scorers with 34 points. The Spartans trailed the Saints 18-11 at the end of the first quarter and 41-32 at halftime. However, the Saints wore down the Spartans in the second half and that led to the 27-point victory.

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Trinity Episcopal (2-2) plays at Tensas Academy to begin MAIS District 6-A action Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Salem 57, Cathedral 52

TYLERTOWN — Even with D.J. Harness and Austin Fozande combining to score 42 points, the Salem Wildcats still needed to make its free throws in the waning seconds to hold off the Cathedral Green Wave Tuesday night.

Cathedral trailed by two points with 12.7 seconds left and had a chance to tie the game at the free-throw line. The first free throw was good, but the second one was not and Salem grabbed the rebound.

“With nine seconds left, we had to foul. They missed the front end of a one-and-one and the ball bounced all the way out to the corner. They got the ball and we fouled them again,” Green Wave head coach Peter Arnold said.

This time, Salem made both free throws to go up by three points, 55-52. Cathedral missed a desperation 3-pointer that would probably would have sent the game into overtime, Salem grabbed the rebound and once again made both free throws to put the game away.

Harness led all scorers with 26 points and Fozande added 16 points for Salem (5-5).

“We were up five at the half. They scored seven in the first minute (of the third quarter). We got the lead back and were up one with two minutes to play until they made a 3-pointer and then they tried to run the clock out,” Arnold said.

Cathedral (4-4) was led by Carl Hammitte with 16 points, D.J. Perry with 13 points and Caleb Upton with 10 points. The Green Wave next play at the Harrisonburg Tournament Dec. 9-11.

Ferriday 56, Block 40

JONESVILLE, La. — In his second stint as varsity boys’ basketball coach at Ferriday, James Davis finally picked up his first win of the season as the Trojans defeated the Block Bears Tuesday night.

Ted’Rai Gullage led Ferriday with a game-high 18 points and Richard Jefferson scored 17 points. The Trojans jumped out to an 18-7 lead over Block and were never seriously challenged after that.

Fred Green led Block with 12 points and Preston Bowman added eight points.

Ferriday (1-7) plays at Vidalia Friday at 7 p.m. while Block (0-4) plays at Plainview next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Central Private 100, ACCS 36

BAKER, La. — If any team is a serious challenge to Central Private School in MAIS District 5-AA this season, good luck. Just ask Adams County Christian School just how good this team is.

The host Rebels had five players score in double figures, led by Dave Jackson and Simpson Anderson with 21 points each, as they crushed the visiting Rebels from Natchez by 64 points Tuesday night.

Central Private (10-2, 1-0) had its way with ACCS in the first half and led at halftime 61-13. Theo King led ACCS (5-4, 0-1) with 14 points.