Bastrop 50, Delhi Charter 43
On a night when the shots weren't falling, Bastrop used its full court press to energize a stagnant offense in a 50-43 Senior Night victory over Delhi Charter.
In their first outing since clinching the program's first district championship in 15 years, the Rams appeared to be in trouble early in the fourth quarter Tuesday night.
"Chad always has Delhi Charter ready for us," said Bastrop coach Theabury Odom, referring to BHS alumnus and Delhi Charter coach Chad Clark. "They shot the ball well and hit some 3s early."
Delhi Charter, which led most of the way, was up 33-31 as the third quarter drew to a close.
Dez Longino opened the fourth quarter scoring with a pair of free throws and a two-handed breakaway slam, set up by a Marcellus Crear Jr. steal, to give the Gators a 37-31 edge with 6:22 remaining.
Bastrop turned it up defensively from there, scoring five straight points off of three consecutive Delhi Charter turnovers. SirQuan Hawkins, who scored nine of his game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter, converted a pair of layups and Danny Hill made the front end of a two-shot foul to bring the Rams within 37-36.
"We didn't shoot the ball well, but I thought we played well defensively and did a good job on our press," Odom said.
The teams traded buckets on their next two possessions. Longino's layup off the lob from Hunter Lee and Jalen Lockett's layup off the penetration and dish from Longino enabled the Gators to go up by three. Hawkins answered both baskets with putbacks off of missed 3s to keep the Rams within a single point.
Two possessions later, Bastrop's Cortlen Newsome knocked down a pass on the defensive end. Scooping up the free ball, Hawkins went the distance for the layup to give the Rams a 42-41 lead.
Both teams came away empty on their next offensive trips before Denterrius McHenry's rebound limited the Gators to one shot.
Keyshawn Scott then made the front end of a shooting foul to put Bastrop up two, 43-41, with 2:42 to play.
Back on the defensive end, Hawkins poked the ball away from a Delhi Charter ball-handler, Newsome made the recovery and Hill broke for the basket, leading to a goal-tending call against Longino.
McHenry then capped a 9-0 run with a rebound off of a deflected shot to give Bastrop a 47-41 lead with just under a minute remaining.
Longino's driving layup kept the Gators' faint hopes alive before Hill followed his own miss to seal the Rams' victory.
Delhi Charter grabbed an early 11-3 lead — the widest margin of the game — behind 3-pointers from Jalen Lockett and Crear. Hill went to the bench early after being whistled for his third foul.
Scott, taking over for Hill, and Jordan Rabun made valuable contributions off the bench.
"Jordan Rabun, defensively, is a stud," Odom said. "Jordan and Keyshawn both helped us tonight."
Newsome's 3-pointer off the back of the iron closed the gap to 11-10 at the end of the quarter, and the Gators maintained a 21-20 lead at halftime.
Hawkins was joined in the Bastrop (18-8) scoring by McHenry with 13, Newsome with six, Hill and Scott with five apiece, Rabun with four and Garrett Guirlando with two.
For the Gators (14-16), Longino accounted for six of his 14 points in the final quarter and Lockett finished with 10. Rounding out the scoring were Ladarius Houston with seven, Cam McDaniel and Crear with five each and Lee with two.
Bastrop closes out the regular season at Franklin Parish on Friday. Starting time for the JV game is 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow. Playoff pairings will be released Monday.
Notes: Bastrop recognized its six seniors — SirQuan Hawkins, Cortlen Newsome, Neverless Frazier, Garrett Guirlando, Danny Hill and Aaron Thornton, who missed the game due to illness — during a pregame ceremony. ... Jordan Rabun scored 17 points as the Rams defeated Delhi Charter 34-19 in the JV contest. ... Kenny Natt and Larry Robinson, two members of the Rams' 1974 state championship team, attended the game.
Delhi Charter .... 11 10 12 10—43
Bastrop .............. 10 10 11 19—50
DELHI CHARTER (14-16) — Dez Longino 14, Jalen Lockett 10, Ladarius Houston 7, Cam McDaniel 5, Marcellus Crear Jr. 5, Hunter Lee 2.
BASTROP (18-8) — SirQuan Hawkins 15, Denterrius McHenry 13, Cortlen Newsome 6, Danny Hill 5, Keyshawn Scott 5, Jordan Rabun 4, Garrett Guirlando 2.
Three-point goals — Delhi Charter 3 (Crear, Houston, Lockett), Bastrop 2 (Newsome). Total fouls — Delhi Charter 14, Bastrop 14. Free throw shooting — Delhi Charter 10-16, Bastrop 8-16. Fouled out — none. Technicals — none.