Prep boys roundups: Trinity beats Briarfield
LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. — Tip McKenzie connected on five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points as the Trinity Episcopal Saints jumped out to a big early lead and cruised past the Briarfield Academy Rebels 69-42 Tuesday night.
With the win, Trinity Episcopal clinched the No. 1 seed in the MAIS District 6-A Tournament, which will be held at Tallulah Academy Feb. 1-5. The third-ranked team in Class A improved to 18-4 overall and 7-0 in district play.
And they did so without Givonni Dent, who is on a recruiting trip, and Jake Winston, who was out with an illness.
The Saints had their way with Briarfield on both ends throughout the first quarter on both ends of the court. The Rebels were glad to hear the buzzer sound to end the quarter as they ended up trailing 27-10. However, they were never able to mount a comeback.
Both teams scored the same number of points in the second and third quarters, which was good for the Saints as they were able to maintain their 17-point lead. Trinity outscored Briarfield 19-9 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Kent King scored eight points and Taylor Strahan added seven points for Trinity. Briarfield was led by Seth Frazier with a game-high 27 points and Zack Morant with 11 points.
Trinity Episcopal hosts Tallulah Academy to finish the district part of its schedule on Friday.
Wilkinson County 66,
Franklin County 51
MEADVILLE — After a sluggish first quarter, Wilkinson County caught fire in the second and third quarters to pull away for a 15-point win over Franklin County Tuesday night in Region 7-3A action.
The Wildcats trailed the Bulldogs 12-9 after one quarter of play only to take a 32-26 lead at halftime thanks to a 23-14 advantage in the second quarter. Wilkinson County then doubled up Franklin County 18-9 in the third quarter to make it a 50-35 ball game.
Kenyon McDonald scored 18 points and Marcus Robinson finished with 10 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for Wilkinson County (10-11, 7-0). Griffin and Green scored 12 points apiece to lead Franklin County.
The Wildcats play at Hazlehurst Friday while the Bulldogs travel to Tylertown to take on the Chiefs Friday.
Block 58, Montgomery 51
JONESVILLE — Fred Green scored 16 points and Trey Vault added 13 points as the Block Bears held off Montgomery’s second-half comeback attempt to defeat the Tigers Tuesday night and remain undefeated in District 3-1A.
Block jumped out to a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to good ball movement and some tough defense. The Bears added to their lead in the second quarter and led 30-18 at halftime.
However, Montgomery would not go away quietly. The Tigers held Block to just nine points in the third quarter, yet still were down by eight points heading into the fourth quarter. Even though Montgomery scored 20 points in the game’s final eight minutes, Block (8-8, 3-0) thwarted the rally by putting up 19 points.
Preston Bowman had 11 points and Chuck Bowie chipped in with nine points for Block. Montgomery (0-3 in District 3-1A) was led by A. Holmes with 21 points and T. Williams with 16 points.
The Bears play host to LaSalle on Friday.
Vidalia 75, Bolton 54
ALEXANDRIA, La. — Jamon Duson finished with a game-high 19 points and Alvin Bell scored 16 points to lead four Vidalia players in double figures as the Vikings hammered the Bolton Bears in District 3-3A action Tuesday night.
Even though Vidalia (9-9, 4-1) scored just 12 points in the first quarter, the Vikings held to a mere six points. From there, Vidalia slowly continued to add to its lead. Brandon Bauchman added 13 points and D.J. Polk ended up with 12 points for the Vikings.
Bolton was led by Tevin Colbert with 12 points and Jerald Jones with 10 points.
Vidalia takes a break from district play and will host Caldwell Parish on Friday.
Tensas Academy 45
ST. JOSEPH, La. — Matthew Harrigan led all scorers with 21 points and Nicholas Sciambra had 13 points to lead Chamberlain-Hunt past the Tensas Academy Chiefs in an MAIS District 6-A game Tuesday night.
Had it not been for a five-point first quarter, Tensas Academy would have had a much better chance of picking up its first win of the season. Instead, the Chiefs fell behind by eight points at the end of that quarter and its rally fell a little short.
Ferrell Keahay led Tensas Academy with 17 points and Jake Emfinger scored 14 points. The Chiefs host Briarfield Academy on Friday.