West Monroe 60, Bastrop 44
Sparked by a 20-0 first half run, West Monroe overpowered the short-handed Bastrop Rams 60-44 Saturday afternoon in the Hall of Fame Game at Sterlington High School.
Buckets by Semaj Tennant and Jordan Rabun put the Rams up 2-0 and 4-2, but it was all West Monroe from there.
Jaquerrius Johnson's 3-pointer, which started a string of 20 straight points, put the Rebels ahead to stay. Brandon Jackson grabbed a defensive rebound and went the length of the floor for a layup, and Javion Richard made a nice pass to a trailing Jalen White for a transition basket to give West Monroe a 9-4 lead at the end of the quarter.
West Monroe widened the margin to 25-10 at halftime.
Keagan Moncrief and Olandius Hicks knocked down back-to-back 3s in the waning seconds of the third period to put the Rebels in command 49-23.
Another trey by Paul Manning gave West Monroe its biggest lead of the afternoon, 52-23.
Marquez Crowder's 15-footer off the glass narrowed the deficit to 53-38 near the three-minute mark, but that was as close as the Rams could get.
Johnson paced the Rebels' with 13 points and Jackson supplied 10. Rounding out the balanced attack were Moncrief and Jadias Richard with nine apiece, White with eight, Javion Richard with four, Hicks and Manning with three apiece and Monte Wyatt with one.
Tennant scored 10 of his 16 points on 6-of-6 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter to top all scorers. Bastrop, playing without approximately 10 football players, also received nine from Rabun, six from Crowder, five from Lavonta Sylvester, four from Datavion Hawkins and two from Keshawn Scott.
West Monroe held a 7-1 edge in 3-pointers as six different players connected from long range.
From the free throw line, West Monroe was 13-of-20 (65 percent) while the Rams were a solid 15-of-19 (78.9 percent).
Bastrop closes out preseason play Thursday against Union Parish and Ruston in the Ruston Jamboree.