Patterson tops Donaldsonville in overtime
Patterson coach Ryan Taylor and members of his team celebrate after Tuesday’s home overtime victory against district front-runner Donaldonsville, 63-61. The win came after the Lumberjacks had earlier this season lost a close 44-43 game to the Tigers in Donaldonsville which snapped a long district win streak. Tuesday’s contest also was a matchup of Top 10 teams in Class 3A as Donaldsonville entered the contest ranked No. 7 in the latest unofficial Class 3A power rankings, while Patterson was No. 9. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Patterson had experience this season with overtime and both times it hadn’t gone well.
Earlier this season, the Lumberjacks lost to New Iberia 50-48 in double overtime as well as Catholic of Baton Rouge, 37-35 in one extra period.
However, when overtime came a third time in a critical District 9-3A contest against Donaldsonville — a team who had beaten Patterson by one point earlier this season — the Lumberjacks cashed in.
Patterson used key rebounds late — both on offense to keep possession and on defense on Donaldsonville’s last possession — to hold off Donaldsonville, 63-61.
Patterson coach Ryan Taylor said it felt good for his team to put itself back in the district title conversation with the win against the league front runner.
“We talked about it after we lost to them the first time,” Taylor said. “We became a better basketball team by playing them in our district. The last two years, we pretty much ran through the district without any problems and I didn’t think it made us better come playoff time.”
However, Taylor said this year the district is more competitive and has helped his squad improve.
Donaldsonville took an 18-16 lead after a period of play and a 30-26 lead at the half.
Patterson held the upper edge in the second half, outscoring Donaldsonville 37-31 combined in the third and fourth quarters as well as overtime.
The Lumberjacks trailed 44-41 entering the fourth quarter but forced overtime after outscoring Donaldsonville 15-12 in the fourth quarter.
Patterson (15-4 overall, 4-1 in district) held a 7-5 scoring advantage in overtime for the win.
Grogan led Patterson with 13 points, while Daylon Charlot added 12. Other top contributors included Nehemiah Augustus, nine; Jedrick Gunner and Larry Turner, eight each; Dontrell Benjamin, seven; and Kenneth Washington, four.
Taylor noted his squad is a young one with just three seniors and still is learning.
“I really thought we got some really great play from some young guys, and I can’t say enough about the minutes Kenneth Washington gave us at the end of the game and in overtime when Daylon (Charlot) picked up his fourth foul,” Taylor said. “That’s a young kid who’s just coming in his own. If he learns the ends and outs of the game, he’s got a chance to be a special player.”
Patterson will return to action Friday when it hosts E.D. White in District 9-3A action set for 7 p.m.
Central Catholic beats Ascension Episcopal
Central Catholic picked up a key District 7-1A win at Ascension Episcopal Tuesday with a 66-50 victory.
Tyler Hoffpauir led three Eagles in double figures with 24 points, while Jalen Johnson and Samarick Paul scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Eagles will return home Friday for a huge district contest against Lafayette Christian. A win would give the Knights, Class 1A’s second-ranked squad in the latest unofficial power rankings, the district championship with two games to go.
A win by Central Catholic (15-9, 9-1) could force a district co-championship with one district contest to go for each team.
Earlier this season, Lafayette Christian routed Central Catholic in Lafayette, 94-61, ending the Eagles’ 39-game district win streak.
South Terrebonne edges Morgan City
The Morgan City Tigers dropped a close District 7-4A contest at home to South Terrebonne, 56-54, Tuesday.
Jaylen Jones led the Tigers with 21 points, while Buddy Humphrey added 13.
Morgan City (1-20 overall, 0-6 in district) will return to action Friday when it travels to face Vandebilt Catholic in a 6 p.m. contest.