'Big E' Classic
RAYVILLE — Dressing out only eight players, the Bastrop Rams went 0-3 in the 'Big E' Elvin Hayes Classic last week at Rayville High School.
Starters Denterrius McHenry, Cortlen Newsome and Jordan Rabun and reserve DeVante Sylvester all missed the tournament with the flu.
Bastrop lost to eventual tournament champion Rayville 84-42, Franklin Parish 66-52 and Southwood in the tournament.
"It's hard to be disappointed," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. "We had to ask some kids to do some things they don't normally do. Under the circumstances, all we could do was keep grinding. Situations like this teach you life lessons. You find out how important it is to play team basketball. I think this experience will help us down the stretch."
Odom said the Rams practiced at full strength Tuesday.
"We had a good practice Tuesday," Odom said. "I don't know who was happier everybody was back — me or them. We should have everybody this week."
Bastrop returns to action Wednesday at 4 p.m. vs. Homer in the Sterlington Shoot-Out.
Southwood 54, Bastrop 39
Shreveport Southwood outscored the Rams 17-6 in the pivotal second quarter in Saturday's matchup.
Leading 15-11 at the end of the first quarter, the Cowboys widened the gap to 32-17 at halftime.
"Defensively, I thought we played well," Odom said. "We just couldn't get anything going in the second quarter."
Southwood held a 41-25 advantage as the third horn sounded.
Latreavin Black was high scorer for the Cowboys (7-9) with 11 points, Rod Stinson and Maliq Smith were next with 10 apiece, Sadarionne Ellis and Richard Gardner both scored eight and Kelly Yancee seven.
Bastrop (6-6) received 17 points from Garrett Guirlando, nine from SirQuan Hawkins, seven from Danny Hill, four from Celento Traylor and two from Aaron Thornton.
Southwood was 5-of-10 from the line, while the Rams were 6-of-7.
Franklin Parish 66, Bastrop 52
Christian Coleman led a balanced attack with 16 points as Franklin Parish prevailed over the Rams in Friday's action.
Bastrop held a narrow 33-32 halftime lead, but the Patriots went up 51-46 at the end of three and outscored the Rams 15-6 in the fourth quarter.
"The tank was empty in the fourth quarter," Odom said.
Coleman was accompanied in double figures by Dontrell Hill with 14, and Chadren Martin and Torrance Doyle with 10. Roderick Bingham was next with eight, Allen Woods had five and Gavin Scott three as the Patriots improved to 7-6.
Bastrop (6-5) received a game-high 26 points from Danny Hill, 17 from SirQuan Hawkins, three from Celento Traylor, and two each from Garrett Guirlando, Neverless Frazier, and Aaron Thornton.
Bastrop made 7-of-12 free throws, while the Patriots were 8-of-12.
Rayville 84, Bastrop 42
JaMichael Wilson scorched the twine for 27 points as Rayville breezed by Bastrop in the first round Wednesday night.
Rayville had its way from the get-go. With JaMichael Wilson burying five 3-pointers, the Hornets jumped out to a 33-10 first quarter lead and carried a 51-23 cushion into the break.
"We played as hard as we could play," Odom said. "It was an up-and-down game. Rayville was coming off of back-to-back 100-point games."
Ten different Hornets contributed to the scoring. Jay Pleasant (12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocked shots), Rashad Naylor (11 points) and Mylik Wilson (10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) joined JaMichael Wilson in double figures. Rounding out the onslaught were Nashawn Ellis, Kameron Hunter, Zyquarius Cowart and Chris Jones with five points apiece and JaMarkus Wilson and Samuel Sledge with two.
Danny Hill provided the bulk of the Rams' offensive highlights with 17 points. Neverless Frazier pitched in eight, followed by Garrett Guirlando with seven, SirQuan Hawkins and Keyshawn Scott with four and Celento Traylor with four.
Rayville (13-0) went on to win the tournament, beating Ouachita 66-59 in the finals.