Sicily Island uses composure to get past Delta Charter

Published 12:08 am Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Sicily Island High School boys basketball team does let anything get in its way, including a No. 1 ranking.

A sturdy third quarter aided the Tigers (26-5, 12-0) in clinching the LHSAA District 2-1A championship Friday as they cruised to a 52-38 victory over Delta Charter.

“(The team) has a goal set,” Sicily Island coach Curtis Shavers. “We are focusing on continuing momentum. I’m really proud of them.”

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The Tigers came out slow in the first half, but after Tyreke Tolliver sank a wide-open 3 to start the third quarter, they never looked back.

Tolliver hit three total 3-pointers all in the second half, to lead the team with 19 points.

“Whenever we would get in a little mode and be down for a few possessions, (Tolliver) would come back and spark us back to where we needed to be,” Shavers said. “He was really on tonight and really hit shots in critical times.”

The Storm (9-20. 1-11) didn’t go down without a fight, however.

Delta Charter was strong on defense before the break, holding the Tigers to difficult jump shots.

“We distorted them in the first half,” Storm coach Ron Ellis said. “The open shots killed us in the second half, and they opened the game with the 3s. We just gave them too many second chances, and we have to work on protecting the ball.”

During Sicily Island’s 15-5 run during the third, Jameon Tolliver also added a 3-pointer and 7 points, totaling 14 on the night.

Shavers said that the lopsided nature of the game has been working for the Tigers in recent wins and hopes it doesn’t change.

“We slow down in the second and then come back and kind of explode in the third,” he said. “It’s like the guys get a better feel for the game, and they realize what they are capable of. If everything falls in place, we will be on our way to Lake Charles (La.), and hopefully come home with a state championship.”

Sicily Island will hold its senior night Tuesday against Beekman Charter, while Delta Charter will travel to Delhi Charter.

Delta Charter (girls) 67, Sicily Island 15

The Lady Storm had nine different scorers to push them to a 67-15 win over Sicily Island Friday in girls action.

Kiaci Parker led the team on senior night with 18 points, showing her leadership and maturity.

“She’s been a big part of this team, and without her it would be kind of rough,” Ellis, who also coaches the girls team, said. “When you’re at that age, you want to play hard and get the win on senior night. It’s good to see her happy, because when they are happy, I am happy.”

Parker came alive in the third quarter, scoring 10 of Delta Charter’s 21 points in the period, including two 3-pointers.

For Parker, she is just pleased to be a part of a collective win.

“The whole team played together,” she said. “It really didn’t matter (that I was the leading scorer,) but I was excited about it.”

Following behind Parker was Kierra Neal with 16 points, and Cloi Cummings finished with 14.

“(The girls) did exactly what they were supposed to as far as taking care of business,” Ellis said.

Leading scorers for Sicily Island were Aniyah Brown with 8 points, and Janisha Smith with 7.