Bastrop 59, Calvary Baptist 54
Seven turned out to be enough for Bastrop as the Rams completed a 3-0 swing through the Sterlington Shoot-Out. SirQuan Hawkins and Garrett Guirlando dropped in 17 points apiece as the Rams turned back Calvary Baptist 59-54.
Continuing an on-going battle with the flu, the Rams (9-7) dressed out only seven players Friday afternoon. Bastrop played all three games in the Rayville 'Big E' Elvin Hayes Classic with only eight players. All 12 players suited up for Wednesday's 66-64 win over Homer. Just two days later, the Rams were short-handed, once again.
"I am really proud of our guys," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. "The way they have played through adversity is a testament to the type of kids we have. It's fun to see. They are playing an exciting brand of up tempo basketball even with our small number of players."
Against Calvary (13-6), Bastrop took a 21-18 first quarter lead, but its bench options were limited even further when Danny Hill was whistled for his fourth foul.
"The early foul trouble made us go away from our man defense," Odom said. "We had to play a 2-3 zone, and I thought we did a good job with it.
"They had a 6-6 and a 6-5, so they had the height advantage on us."
Undaunted, the Rams increased their lead to 33-26 at halftime, but the Cavaliers narrowed the deficit to 43-39 at the end of three.
"Calvary Baptist threw several defenses at us," Odom said. "They are a well-coached, well-disciplined team, and they made some good adjustments on our pick and roll game. It was a good chess match."
Bastrop outscored the Cavaliers 25-21 in the final quarter. Denterrius McHenry's reverse layup off of an offensive rebound proved crucial.
"Denterrius had a big game and scored a key bucket to give us the lead late in the game," Odom said. "This was a phenomenal win for us with seven players. It's one of our signature wins along with Delhi and Richwood."
Hawkins and Guirlando were joined in double figures by McHenry with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Newsome had eight points and Hill seven to round out the Rams' scoring.
Bastrop withstood an outside shooting barrage by the Cavaliers, who sank nine 3-pointers. Troy Davis (16 points) and Matthew McDew (13) both dialed in four 3s to pace Calvary. Parker Brown, Malachi Fitzwater and Clifton Mosley pitched in six apiece, followed by Micah Jernigan with four and Martin McDowell with three.
Bastrop made 16-of-29 free throws, including 10-of-16 (55.2 percent) in the fourth quarter. Calvary was just 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) from the stripe.
Returning to action Tuesday, the Rams host the Carroll Bulldogs. Tipoff is 5 p.m. for the JV boys tilt, with the varsity girls and boys games to follow.