Prep Roundup (Boys): Vidalia falters in overtime

Published 12:03 am Saturday, December 20, 2014

TALLULAH, La. — West Monroe’s trio of Gabe Davis, C.J. Cox and Dennis Collins combined to score 45 points, and the Rebels needed every one of them as they also needed overtime to defeat the Vidalia Vikings 54-52 Friday night at the Madison Parish Tournament.

West Monroe got off to a good start and led Class 3A Vidalia 16-9 after one quarter of play. The Rebels were able to maintain that seven-point advantage at halftime after both teams put up 14 points in the second quarter.

“We started out sluggishly. We were rushing shots and settling for bad shots instead of good shots,” Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders said.

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Davis led the Rebels with 16 points while Cox finished with 15 points and Collins chipped in with 14 points.

Even though Julius Wilson was the only Vidalia player to reach double figures in scoring with a game-high 17 points, the Vikings’ defense allowed them to get back in the game in the second half against a Class 5A opponent. They outscored the Rebels 13-7 in the third quarter to trail 37-36.

Sanders said playing better defense and being more patient on offense allowed the Vikings to get back in the game.

Then Vidalia forced overtime by outscoring West Monroe 8-7 in the fourth quarter. However, the Rebels were able to bounce back and win the game thanks to a 10-8 edge in the extra period.

Overton Lewis scored nine points and Malik Jefferson added seven points for Vidalia.

Vidalia (7-3) wraps up play at the Madison Parish Tournament when it takes on the tournament host today at 8 p.m.

University Academy of Cenla 69, Trinity Episcopal 56

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Whatever defense Trinity Episcopal threwat Tyris Price, it did not work. Price finished with a game-high 30 points to lead the University Academy of Cenla Lions to a 69-56 win over the Saints Friday night.

Trinity Episcopal led University Academy 14-13 at the end of the first quarter. But the Lions took over in the second quarter and ended up outscoring the Saints 18-10 for a 31-24 halftime lead.

With Price and Dezmon Eddie leading the way, the Lions put up 20 points in the third quarter and 18 points in the fourth quarter. The Saints, meanwhile, had 14 points in the third and 15 in the fourth. Eddie finished with 19 points.

The Saints were led by Tommy McCoy with 19 points and David Jackson scored 17 points.

Trinity Episcopal (3-4) next plays on Saturday, Jan. 3 at Brookhaven Academy.