Bastrop 71, Franklin Parish 67
WINNSBORO — Trailing by 16 early in the second half, the Bastrop Rams came from behind to trim Franklin Parish 71-67 Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams.
With the victory, the Rams (19-8, 6-0) completed a clean sweep through District 2-4A.
Starting the third quarter with a 11-0 run on three 3-pointers and a deuce, the Patriots opened up the biggest point spread of the game, 41-25.
"Up until the first three or four minutes of the third quarter, they controlled the tempo," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. "Franklin Parish shot the ball well, especially early in the second half, and played with a high level of intensity. It's tough to go in there and win."
Bastrop began to chip away from there, closing the gap to 53-48 at the end of the third period.
"I thought our defensive pressure in the second half was the difference," Odom said. "We did a great job of putting pressure on the ball and being in the right spot. All night long, we had guys come in and play defense in spots, and create turnovers. Some of them may not have scored a lot of points, but they came in and did their job."
Garrett Guirlando scored 11 of his 13 points as Bastrop outscored the Patriots 23-14 in the fourth quarter.
"Garrett had a tremendous fourth quarter," Odom said. "He made some crucial buckets when we needed them."
Franklin Parish took a 20-13 first quarter lead and was up 30-25 at the midway point.
SirQuan Hawkins paced a quartet of Rams in double figures with 19 points. Danny Hill and Guirlando contributed 13 apiece, Cortlen Newsome had 10, Jordan Rabun nine and Denterrius McHenry seven.
"We had a very balanced offense," Odom said. "We focused more on getting the ball inside in the second half."
Chris Coleman and Jay Baker both fired in 16 points and a trio of 3-pointers for the Patriots (16-14, 3-3), who made eight shots from beyond the arc. Issac Robinson was next with 10, followed by Robert Coleman Jr. with nine, Dantrell Hill with eight, Allen Woods with five and Gavin Scott with three.
Bastrop made 21-of-28 free throw attempts while the Patriots were 6-of-16 from the stripe.
Although Bastrop had already clinched its first district championship since 2003, the Rams needed to win Friday night to stay in the hunt for a first round home playoff game. As of Friday morning, the Rams were No. 15 in the power ratings. (The top 16 teams are awarded first round home games).
Playoff pairings will be announced Monday by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.