ACCS wins big vs. Parklane

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What was supposed to be a showdown between two of the best teams in their respective classifications in MAIS Class AAA Parklane Academy and Class AA Adams County Christian School quickly turned into a blowout.

But it wasn’t the Pioneers, the team from the upper echelon classification, doing most of the scoring and playing strong defense. It was the Rebels who imposed their will on the visiting team in the first quarter and went on to take a 66-43 win Tuesday night.

ACCS played about as good of a first quarter as it has all season on both ends of the court. The Rebels forced numerous turnovers and converted them into easy transition baskets en route to a 24-7 lead at the end of the quarter.

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The same could not be said in the second quarter — at least not defensively. The Rebels put up 16 points in that quarter, but they allowed the Pioneers to put up 17 points go to into halftime with a 40-24 lead.

“We jumped on them and then we wanted to relax. We didn’t bring the intensity and the drive,” Rebels head coach Richy Spear said.

The Rebels picked up their intensity on defense in the third quarter as they outscored the Pioneers 18-10 for a 58-34 advantage. Brandon Brooks led ACCS with 14 points while Devin Spear had 13 points and Jay Fleming added 12 points.

“We came out in the (second) half and picked it up a little bit on defense. Just have to be more consistent and stay on course,” Spears said.

ACCS (14-2) plays host to University Academy of Cenla Thursday night.

Pelahatchie 67, Cathedral 50

NATCHEZ — After a well-played first half, the Cathedral Green Wave fell apart in the opening minutes of the third quarter and then couldn’t complete a late rally as it lost to the Pelahatchie High School Chiefs 67-50 Tuesday night in an MHSAA Division 7-1A game.

Cathedral had a 16-15 lead over Pelahatchie after one quarter of play and was down by just one point, 29-28, at halftime. But what happened to the Green Wave in the early stages of the third quarter was surprising to some — including head coach Peter Arnold.

“It was just a very tightly contested game until then. They switched to a 1-2-2 half-court trap. But it was more of what we did. Self-inflicted turnovers,” Arnold said. “We had a lot of turnovers and they converted a lot of easy baskets. We made some bad decisions on passes. But give them credit. They made plays.”

When the Green Wave went inside, it missed several shots from just a few feet from the basket.

In that four-minute stretch, Pelahatchie (8-5, 2-0) increased its lead to 14 points. Then Cathedral got back in the game and was just 53-47 with about 4:00 left before the Chiefs pulled away for good thanks to a 14-0 run, which included a pair of 3-pointers.

Lachaz Irvin led the Chiefs with a game-high 22 points and Keldrick Stokes had 17 points.

“They really didn’t do anything special,” Arnold said. “Irvin, he hit three 3s in the first quarter. We didn’t get a hand on him. Just not good enough man defense. Most of their offense was slashing and going to the goal.”

James Coley led the Green Wave with 11 points and Wyatt Boothe finished with 10 points.

Cathedral (1-6, 0-1) plays host to the Mississippi School for the Deaf in a division game today at 6:30 p.m.

Tallulah Academy 74, Trinity Episcopal 62

TALLULAH, La. — Jakarius Caston led Trinity Episcopal with a game-high 31 points, but foul trouble hurt the Saints big time in the fourth quarter as they lost to the Tallulah Academy Trojans 74-62 Tuesday night in an MAIS District 7-A game.

“We got out-coached. Their coach did a lot better than I did,” Saints head coach Zach Rogel said. “Their big man down low really hurt us. He’s about 6-5. He’s a load. They had another make five 3-pointers.”

The Saints had a three-point lead early in the fourth quarter and were down but just two points with about two minutes left before a couple of their players fouled out and the Trojans made their free throws to add to their lead.

“We have to shore up some things on the defensive end. There were times we were lackadaisical on the boards,” Rogel said.

Kevontaye Caston had 11 points for the Saints. Parks Watson led Tallulah Academy with 26 points.

Trinity Episcopal (4-6, 1-1) hosts Wilkinson County Christian Academy Friday night for a pivotal district match-up.

Ferriday 66, General Trass 61

FERRIDAY — Zandarius Rosenthal led Ferriday High School with a game-high 20 points and Dantrieze Scott added 19 points as the Trojans held on for a 66-61 win over the General Trass High School Panthers in LHSAA District 2-2A action Tuesday night.

All four quarters were tightly contested, but Ferriday managed to outscore General Trass by 1, 1, 2 and 1 points to gain its first win of the season in district play.

“We just played big tonight. We used our bigs successfully,” Trojans head coach K.G. Watkins said. “Defensively, we played a good game. Offensively, we had too many turnovers. But it’s progress and we’re getting better.”

Ferriday (8-10, 1-1) hosts Winnfield High School for a district contest Friday night.

Block 76, Logansport 50

JONESVILLE — After being away from the team for several weeks, Block High School head coach Benny Vault Jr. was back on the bench and saw four players score in double figures as the Bears defeated the Logansport High School Tigers 76-50 Tuesday night in an LHSAA District 3-1A game.

“We did some things right fundamentally. We hit our free throws and we eliminated a lot of turnovers,” Vault said. “They played more poised than they did at St. Mary’s last Saturday. Tonight they came out of the blocks running.”

That was quite evident in the first quarter as Block jumped on Logansport early and had a 17-4 lead at the end of the quarter. The Bears went into halftime with a 34-21 lead and continued to add to their lead in the second half.

Dorian Bowman led the Bears with 24 points and Chris Holmes, Ray Plummer and Shavarcik Williams had 10 points each.

“Dorian did got at the point tonight. He had some good passes and got some steals,” Vault said. “For Chris Holmes’s second game, he did fairly well. He settled down tonight. He played within himself.”

Block (10-7, 1-1) plays host to Northwood-Lena in a pivotal district game for both teams Friday night.

Centreville Academy 69, Silliman Institute 57

CLINTON, La. — John Gray led Centreville Academy with 23 points and Austen Addington had 17 points as the Tigers defeated the Silliman Institute Wildcats 69-57 in an MAIS District 6-AA game Tuesday night.

The Tigers led Silliman 13-11 after one quarter of play before outscoring the Wildcats 24-11 in the second quarter for a 37-22 lead. But the Wildcats would not go away quietly as they outscored Centreville 18-12 in the third quarter to cut the Tigers’ lead to nine points, 49-40. However, the Tigers responded with a 20-17 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Matt Darden chipped in with 10 points and Cole Chandler had nine points for the Tigers.

Centreville Academy (N/A, 3-3) hosts district foe Central Private School Friday night.

Brookhaven 76, Jefferson County 42

BROOKHAVEN — Jefferson County High School got a game-high 25 points from Christian Day, but it was not nearly enough as the Tigers lost to the Brookhaven High School Panthers 76-42 Tuesday night.

Damarius Brooks led Brookhaven with 14 points, Darrian Wilson had 12 points and Lazroian McNulty added 10 points. The Panthers had a total of 12 players reach the scoring column. The Tigers, on the other hand, had just six such players do that.

The Panthers held Tijuan Cameron, one of Jefferson County’s leading scorers, in check throughout as he finished with just two points.

Jefferson County (N/A) returns to MHSAA Division 7-3A action Friday night when it hosts Crystal Springs.