ACCS boys roll over Centreville Academy

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Brandon Brooks finished with a game-high 19 points for Adams County Christian School and the Rebels’ defense held Centreville Academy to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters in their 64-37 win over the Tigers Tuesday night.

The first quarter was pretty much a harbinger of things to come as ACCS put up 17 points while holding Centreville to just six points.

“Offensively, we played a little better than we did last week against Silliman. Early we pressed and sped up the game and got some easy turnovers and some easy looks,” Rebels head coach Richy Spears said. “When we backed up half court, we were still getting some good pressure and running traps.”

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The second quarter was much closer than the first quarter, but the Rebels still outscored the Tigers 18-14 for a 35-20 lead at halftime. Just like the opening quarter, ACCS dominated Centreville in the third quarter on both ends of the court. With defense leading to offense, the Rebels once again put up 17 points while the Tigers scored just eight points.

“Offense, we executed better than we did last wee. We had a few days of practice, so we got a little better,” Spears said. “We’ve still got a long ways to go, and we’ve got to get better every game and practice. We have to execute better.”

As for Brooks’ performance, Spears said, “He was here last year and he is a lot more physical than he was last year. He still needs to do some things better, but he is a lot stronger and is more physical. He is coming along well. On defense, he is the x-factor because he is 6-5 and nobody likes to get their shot blocked.”

Brody Cole and Sneh Patel had nine points each for the Rebels. Austen Addington scored 12 points to lead the Tigers.

ACCS (2-0) hosts Central Private School Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Centreville Academy (record not available) next plays at Amite School Center Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Vidalia 63, Madison Parish 61

VIDALIA — In a game that went back and forth, the Vidalia High School Vikings managed to hold on for a 63-61 win over the Madison Parish Jaguars Tuesday night.

Vidalia took a 14-11 lead after one quarter of play, but Madison Parish came roaring back in the second quarter and outscored the Vikings 15-11 to take a 26-25 lead at halftime. The third and fourth quarters belonged to the home team.

Led by Julius Wilson, Malik Jefferson and Overton Lewis, the Vikings outscored the Jaguars 17-15 in the third quarter and 21-20 in the fourth quarter to rally from that small deficit at the break.

Wilson led the Vikings with 17 points while Jefferson and Lewis each had 12 points. Curtis McNulty contributed with 11 points.

Vidalia (2-1) will take on Sicily Island High School Thursday at the Tensas High School Tournament.

Block 78, Avoyelles 57

JONESVILLE — Raymond Plummer led Block High School with a game-high 27 points and Anthony Barber pitched in with 22 points as the Bears defeated the Avoyelles High School Mustangs 78-57 Tuesday night.

Playing in its season opener, Block came out firing and ended up scoring 29 points while holding Avoyelles to just 12 points. And that start surprised first-year head coach Benny Vault Jr.

“We’ve only had one practice and that was on Monday. Trying to get their basketball legs, it’s a conditioning thing,” Vault said. “They played poised. I think it’s going to be interesting to see how it goes.”

Vault put his second team in for the second quarter and Avoyelles took advantage. The Mustangs outscored the Bears 25-14 to go into halftime down just seven points, 43-37.

“We’re trying to see who can play (off the bench),” Vault said. “When we put the first five back in, we got back in control of the game.”

Block managed to increase its lead to nine points by the end of the third quarter and then put the game completely out of reach with a 23-10 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Kendarius Jones added 15 points and Dorian Bowman scored 10 points for the Bears.

Block (1-0) plays host to Bolton High School at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Monterey 47, Forest 40

FOREST, La. — Kade Passman led Monterey High School with a game-high 28 points as the Wolves defeated the Forest High School Bulldogs 47-40 Tuesday night.

Monterey trailed Forest 14-12 after one quarter of play, but that deficit did not last very long. The Wolves outscored the Bulldogs 15-5 in the second quarter and 10-8 in the third quarter for a 37-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Jake Barlow scored nine points for the Wolves. Drew Kelly led Forest with 17 points.

Monterey (6-0) will take on Central of Larto, La. at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Monterey High School Tournament.

Brookhaven 80, Franklin County 43

MEADVILLE — A bad first quarter for Franklin County High School was compounded by an even worse second quarter as the Bulldogs lost to the Brookhaven High School Panthers 80-43 Tuesday night.

Brookhaven jumped out to a 20-7 lead over Franklin County at the end of the first quarter and then the Panthers had their way with the Bulldogs on both ends of the court in the second quarter. When halftime arrived, the Panthers had a commanding 54-12 lead.

“We got outscored 34-5 in the second quarter. They shot 80 percent from the field. The only made one three-pointer, so 51 points came from the paint and that is unacceptable,” Franklin County head coach Ricky O’Quinn said. “At halftime, I told them don’t worry about winning the ball game, just win the third quarter and that is what we did and I told them the same thing about the fourth quarter. We could’ve easily given up, but they hung in there and fought.”

Even though the Bulldogs had just one player reach double figures for the game, they still outscored the Panthers 18-11 in the third quarter, but they were down 65-30 at the end of the quarter. The home team was competitive in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers outscored the Bulldogs 15-13.

“The second half, we outscored them and we had a better effort on both ends of the court,” O’Quinn said. “The game was lost in the first half on the defensive end. A bunch were points in the paint and turnovers. We are disappointed. We’ve gotta get better.”

Randy Wilson led Brookhaven with 15 points while Darrian Wilson and Garrick Smith had 13 points each. Jalen Dogan led Franklin County with 10 points.

Franklin County (no record available) next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Tylertown High School.

Prentiss 70, Jefferson County 38

PRENTISS — James Hawthorne led Prentiss High School with a game-high 18 points and Kevin Hall had 12 points as the Bulldogs’ depth was just too much for Jefferson County High School in a 70-38 win over the Tigers Tuesday night.

Neither team got off to a good start in the first quarter, which ended with Prentiss leading Jefferson County 11-9. But in the second quarter, the Bulldogs got going offensively while their defense played even better than it did in the first quarter and that allowed them to outscore the Tigers 18-5 for a 29-14 halftime advantage.

The Tigers finally got shots to fall in the third quarter and scored 16 points, but they could not make nearly enough stops defensively to get back in the game. The Bulldogs ended up scoring 20 points in that quarter to make it a 49-30 game and they put an exclamation point on their blowout win with a 21-8 advantage in the fourth quarter.