Ouachita 80, Bastrop 49
Receiving scoring contributions from 12 different sources, the host Ouachita Lions encountered minimal resistance in an 80-49 victory over Bastrop in the first round of the annual Don Redden Memorial Tournament.
Wednesday's outcome was never in doubt as Ouachita, last year's Class 5A state runner-up, accelerated to a 29-8 first quarter lead.
Bastrop outscored the Lions 16-14 in the second quarter, bringing the score to 43-24 at halftime.
Ouachita, however, extended its lead to 65-29 at the end of three.
“To get in a hole, down 21 points in the first quarter against a team like Ouachita, that makes it tough,” Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. “Once we got into the flow of the game, we started doing some good things. But for the most part, they were just more physical than we were.
“That's the reason we got in this tournament, though. We have to learn to play with big-game intensity in a big-time environment.”
Dimajo Richard spearheaded the Lions' (10-7) onslaught with 12 points and was joined in double digits by Quaterius Williams with 11. Rounding out the Ouachita scoring were C.J. Jones, Kenny Ross and Cody Little with eight apiece, Zach Hannibal and Jalen Tolliver with seven, Lebrun Nelson and Chris Brown with six, Dorian McCoy with three and Charles Wright and Dashawn Washington with two.
For the Rams (8-9), Lester Lee had 14 points, followed by Mark Moore with 11, Travon Washington with eight, Josh Doaty with six, Alontae Alford with four, Quantavious Hawkins with three and Jerry Powell with two.
Bastrop was able to get to the free throw line throughout the contest, but only had 19 points to show for 41 free throw attempts (46.3 percent).
In contrast, the Lions made 17-of-25 charity tosses for 68 percent.
Returning to the Madhouse on Millhaven on Friday at 4 p.m., the Rams are paired against West Monroe.