Bastrop 66, Homer 64
Bastrop scored the game's final five points to edge Homer 66-64 Wednesday afternoon in the Sterlington Shoot-Out.
Jayshaun Miller set up RuKonzall McNeal underneath to give the Pelicans a 64-61 lead with time winding down.
Garrett Guirlando then drove the lane to bring the Rams within one at the one-minute mark.
After Bastrop spent a timeout, Cortlen Newsome intercepted a pass on the defensive end, leading to Danny Hill's go-ahead rebound bucket with 39 seconds to play.
Homer then ran the clock down to 9.1 ticks before being called for a five-second violation.
Bastrop was able to get the clock down to 2.8 seconds before Jordan Rabun made the front end of a double bonus to wrap up the scoring.
It was a game the Rams nearly let slip away.
Hill scored seven of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter and Rabun added six as the Rams vaulted out to a 21-9 lead.
Bastrop went up by as many as 13, 30-17, on Sir Quan Hawkins' steal and layup before carrying a 36-28 lead into the break.
Down 46-36, the Pelicans shaved the deficit in half on mid-range jumpers by Detravione Knowles and Devanta Kimble, and Knowles' rebound bucket.
Bastrop countered with a 6-0 rush of its own on Guirlando's deuce off the inbounds pass and a pair of layups by Hawkins to push the spread back to 12, 52-40.
Derrick Royal's basket brought Homer within 52-42 at the end of the third period, and triggered a 13-0 Homer spurt.
Daranious Lewis' eight-footer, Kimble's follow-up and breakaway basket, Miller's 3-pointer and Kimble's transition layup gave the Pelicans a 53-52 lead with 5:53 to play.
Hill made the front end of a shooting foul to end Bastrop's drought and tie the game at 53, but Homer immediately regained the lead on Kimble's putback.
Hawkins beat a double team for a 17-footer to knot the score at 55.
Moments later, McHenry's block gave the Rams a much-needed stop.
Back on the offensive end, McHenry converted from down low off of a bounce pass from Hawkins to put the Rams up 57-55.
Two possessions later, Hill fed McHenry for an easy deuce as the Rams upped their lead to 59-55 with 3:08 to play.
Homer would not go away, though.
Knowles' corner 3 cut the difference to 59-58 on the Pelicans' next possession.
Bastrop missed three consecutive free throws on its next two offensive trips.
Homer capitalized as Miller drained two free shots and crashed the offensive glass to put the Pelicans on top 62-59 with 2:08 left.
Eight seconds later, Hawkins and Miller both suffered cuts above the eye in a collision. Hawkins would not return.
Following a lengthy delay, the Rams missed their fourth straight free throw.
Homer's next sequence ended with a turnover, before Hill's bucket from the paint brought the Rams within 62-61 with under two minutes to play.
Hill led all scorers with 24 points as the Rams evened their record at 7-7. Hawkins was next with 12, McHenry tallied 11, Guirlando 10, Rabun seven and Cortlen Newsome two.
Miller led the Pelicans (5-6) with 20 points on two 3-pointers and 8-of-8 free throw shooting. Rounding out the scoring were McNeal with 13, Kimble with 12, Knowles with seven, Royal with six, Lewis with four and Tyrese Ambeau with two.
Wrapping up tournament play, the Rams are matched against Mangham on Thursday at 1 p.m. and Calvary Baptist on Friday at 1:30. Homer is paired against Delhi on Thursday at 4 p.m. and Winnfield on Friday at noon.