Panthers down Highland Baptist

Staff Report

BERWICK — Berwick cruised to a 67-32 victory against Highland Baptist in nondistrict action Tuesday.

Berwick jumped out to a 17-8 advantage after a period of play and extended its lead to 32-13 at the half.

Berwick held a 13-10 scoring advantage in the third quarter for a 45-23 lead after three.

The Panthers put up 22 points in the fourth quarter while Highland Baptist scored nine.

“The guys played really hard,” Berwick coach Andy Walker said. “It’s really good to see them kind of come together and become a better basketball team as the season’s progressed.”

Walker said his seniors are putting forth solid efforts and providing good leadership.

Three seniors reached double figures in the victory with Nick Osburn leading the way with 13 points, while Devin Tabor and Johnny Lombas added 12 points and 11 points, respectively.

Berwick (6-11, 0-3 in District 9-3A play) will return to district action Friday when it travels to Kaplan. Boys’ junior varsity action will begin at 5:30 p.m. and boys’ varsity action is set for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Central Catholic beats

top-ranked Christian Life

In a matchup of the top two teams in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A’s unofficial power ratings, No. 2 got the best of No. 1 as Central Catholic edged Christian Life, 54-52.

The game went down to the wire as Christian Life, Class 1A’s defending state champion, missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

“It was a well-played game,” Central Catholic coach Ree Case said. “It looked like the (Nos.) 1 and 2 teams in (Class 1A) power ratings playing each other.”

Nicholas Case, who led Central Catholic with 20 points, including four three-pointers, hit two crucial ones in the fourth quarter that helped Central Catholic keep its lead, Case said.

Central Catholic led after the first quarter, 12-9, and at the half, 27-21.

However, Christian Life narrowed the deficit to 37-34 after three quarters, and in the fourth, edged the Eagles in the scoring column, 18-17.

Other top scorers for Central Catholic included Dontrell Brown, 13 and Josh Singleton, 10.

While the win is a big one for Central Catholic, Case knows his squad must continue to improve.

During the last two years, Central Catholic has defeated the squad that went on to win the state title in White Castle in 2011 and Christian Life last year.

“It’s a good indication of where you’re at now, but we have to get a lot better,” Case said.

Central Catholic (10-3) will return to action Friday when it hosts Patterson in a nondistrict contest. Junior varsity action is set for a 5 p.m. start, and following the varsity girls’ game, the varsity boys’ squads will take the court at 7 p.m.

Patterson routs Abbeville

Patterson got back to its winning ways Tuesday with a 55-36 victory against Abbeville.

Patterson, who fell late to Morgan City during a 53-51 loss Saturday, outscored Abbeville in the first three quarters of Tuesday’s contest.

The ’Jacks jumped out to a 9-5 lead after a period of play and extended its lead to 24-11 at the half.

The ’Jacks continued their dominance in the third quarter with a 16-7 scoring advantage for a 40-18 lead after three quarters before Abbeville outscored them 18-15 in the final period.

Taylan Grogan led a balanced scoring attack for Patterson with eight points, while Nehemiah Augustus and Malik Garrett added seven apiece.

Other top scorers included Deondre Skinner, Denzel Johnson, Dontrell Benjamin and Daylon Charlot with six points each and DJ Jones with five.

Patterson (8-4 overall, 4-0 in District 9-3A play) will return to action Friday when it travels to Central Catholic Friday.

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