Bastrop 79, Vision Academy 65

EPPS — Garrett Guirlando led a quintet of double figures scorers with 16 points and Bastrop broke up a close game in the fourth quarter on its way to a 79-65 triumph over Vision Academy, Saturday afternoon at the Epps Tournament.

Bastrop led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, 39-36 at halftime and 59-56 at the end of three before outscoring the Eagles 20-9 over the final eight minutes.

After making just 6-of-18 free throws in a season-opening 58-55 win at Grambling, the Rams made 19-of-27 attempts against Vision while putting the game away at the line.

"That's more like it," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said after the Rams dealt Vision their first loss in five starts. "Vision has some awesome guys. They really have a good basketball team."

Guirlando was accompanied in double digits by Denterrius McHenry with 15 points, SirQuan Hawkins with 12, and Cortlen Newsome and Christian Smith with 11. Jordan Rabun and Neverless Frazier chipped in six points apiece and Calvert Johnson two.

Bastrop is off to a 2-0 start.

"It's always good to get off to a good start," Odom said. "We've won two games against some good competition. We play a pretty tough schedule."

Odom says defense has been the biggest factor in the promising start.

"We played man-to-man the whole game in both games," said Odom. "I think that has really helped us in our transition game. We have defended really well on the help side. The key to our success has been applying half-court man."

Returning from the Thanksgiving break, the Rams are at home against Delhi Charter on Tuesday, Nov. 28 and visit Springhill North Webster the following Thursday.

Odom says the nine-day layoff gives the football players time to adjust to basketball.

"We're going to try to get some basketball legs under them," Odom said.