Bastrop 58, Grambling 55
GRAMBLING — Danny Hill scored 18 points and Bastrop erased a 10-halftime deficit Thursday night for a 58-55 season-opening victory over Lincoln Prep.
Down 32-22 at the break, Bastrop outscored the Panthers 22-7 in the third quarter to go up 44-39. Lincoln was unable to regain the lead in the fourth quarter.
"We made some defensive adjustments at halftime and schemed a little differently," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. "We came out really, really strong in the third quarter."
Odom said Chanse Robinson, the Panthers' sophomore guard, is as good as advertised.
"Chanse Robinson is ranked as the No. 94 guard in the country," Odom said. "He played all five spots against us. He's a high-flyer; an awesome talent."
Lincoln Prep, formerly Grambling Lab, outscored the Rams 18-8 in the second quarter to break a 14-all tie at the end of the first quarter.
"Lincoln Prep is going to be Lincoln Prep," Odom said. "It's always going to be a hostile environment when you go to Grambling. Any time you can go in there and win, its big."
Hill was the lone double figures scorer as eight Rams contributed to the balanced attack.
"Danny had a double-double (points and rebounds) and made some really good passes, too," Odom said.
Joining Hill in the scoring were Cortlen Newsome and SirQuan Hawkins with nine points, Garrett Guirlando with six, Christian Smith and Denterrius McHenry with five, Neverless Frazier with four and Jordan Rabun with two.
Bastrop struggled from the free throw line, shooting just 33.3 percent (6-of-18).
"Free shots have been one of our strong points, and we just didn't make them early," said Odom, whose team picked up a dozen or so football players Monday, Nov. 13. "I attribute a lot of that to not being able to get in the gym."
Robinson led all scorers with 24 points. J'Colby Roberson had 13, Treun Ford 12 and Mareo Riley six.