Lumberjacks hold off Houma Christian in tourney opener

By: Staff Reports
Patterson held off Houma Christian, 40-38, in the opening round of the Lumberjack Invitational Tournament Thursday at PHS.

The Jacks avenged a close loss to the Warriors last season.

Patterson jumped out to an 11-2 lead with 3:35 to play in the opening quarter but Houma Christian had a late run to pull within six points by the end of the quarter.

While the Warriors continued to claw their way back into game, the Jacks went cold.

“We got stagnate on the offensive end and they were able to get back in the ball game,” Patterson head coach Ryan Taylor said. “We’re playing some young players who are learning on the job and they must get better every day.”

The Lumberjacks scored just four points in the second quarter but held on for a 19-17 halftime lead.

Deondre Skinner led Patterson with eight first half points, while Tremaine Lightfoot had five. Nate Frye and Guy Campbell led Houma Christian with seven points each.

“We had three problems in the first half; missed opportunities, turnovers and bad shot selection,” Houma Christian head coach Freddie Frye said. “I don’t care how good you are that will hurt you, but once we got some rhythm and started shooting better, we got back in it.”

The Warriors were shorthanded with four players not dressed for the game.

Turnovers plagued PHS in the third quarter while Houma Christian slowed the game down.

The Warriors tied the game with 1:38 to play in the quarter when Skinner was called on a personal foul and then a technical foul. Campbell made 3-of-4 free throws to knot the game at 26 apiece.

Patterson finished the quarter strong, however, with a lay up by Trevon Stewart and a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Denzel Johnson.

“That was a big moment in the game,” Taylor said. “We executed well on the play to Denzel and he hit a big shot.”

PHS led 31-26 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Skinner fouled with 3:36 left in the game and Frye took over for Houma Christian. He hit 1-of-2 free throws with 36 seconds to play to make the score 39-35. Frye then hit a 3-pointer from well over the three-point line with just over six seconds remaining to pull the Warriors to 39-38.

HC was forced to foul and the Warriors put Johnson on the line with three seconds to play. Johnson hit the front end of a one-and-one to give the Jacks a 40-38 lead.

Frye narrowly missed a deep, game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer for Houma Christian.

“A win is a win,” Taylor said. “They are a good team and they are going to win a lot of games. We just have to learn from this game and get better.”

Lightfoot led Patterson with 11 points, while Skinner had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Stewart and Johnson had six each, while freshman Malik Garrett had two.

Frye led Houma Christian with 13 points, while Campbell had 12.

Patterson will play Breaux Bridge at 7:30 today, while Teurlings Catholic will battle Berwick at 4:30 p.m. and Central Catholic will face St. Martinville at 6 p.m.

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