Ouachita Christian 56, Beekman 41
LAMKIN — Unable to sustain a fast start, the Beekman Tigers came out on the short end of a 56-41 decision against Ouachita Christian on Friday night.
Beekman controlled the opening tip and Greg Tatum buried a 3-pointer from the right corner, then blocked a shot to stop the Eagles' first possession.
Hayes Walker's 3-pointer tied the game at 3-3, but the Tigers answered with an 8-0 run. Tatum and Joe Chandler both made one-of-two from the line and knocked down 3-pointers as Beekman opened up an 11-3 lead.
Zach Hogan beat two defenders down low and made the second end of a shooting foul to close the gap to 11-6 at the end of the frame.
Travis Loveland took over to start the second quarter, nailing a trio of 3s to complete a 12-2 flurry as the Eagles went ahead 15-13.
Beekman regained the lead, 19-18, on a pair of Chandler free throws.
Reece Pitson's driving layup and Hayes Walker's 3-pointer put the Eagles back up, 23-19. OCS would never relinquish the lead.
Daryl Seay and Walker traded buckets to close out the first half scoring with the Eagles holding a 25-21 advantage.
A'kiryn Stewart's 3-pointer from the right wing and a Will Minor free throw pushed the margin to 29-21 early in the third period.
Beekman quickly whittled the deficit down to 29-27 as Daryl Seay set up Zak Wade underneath, Xavier Lewis scored off the cut and Chandler converted a pair of free throws.
OCS re-established control with six straight points. Two Zach Hogan buckets sandwiched around Walker's steal and layup increased the spread to 35-27.
Chandler's 3-pointer closed the gap to 39-34, but that was as close as the Tigers would get.
Loveland drove the left baseline off of a Walker assist to give the Eagles a 45-36 cushion going into the final quarter.
Daryl Seay's three-point play brought the Tigers within 45-39, but the Eagles reeled off 11 unanswered points to put the game in the nest. Will Minor started the flurry with an 18-foot fadeaway en route to a six-point fourth quarter.
Hogan paced the Eagles (3-1) with 13 points, Walker furnished 12 and Loveland 11. Also contributing to the scoring were Minor with seven, Stewart with four and Tyler Minvielle with two.
For Beekman (2-3), Chandler topped all scorers with 15 points. Daryl Seay had 10, Tatum nine, Lewis four and Wade three.
Both teams return to the floor Tuesday — Beekman at Forest, and OCS at home vs. Sterlington.