Eagles, 'Jacks win district contests
MORGAN CITY — Central Catholic clinched the District 8-1A title Friday night with a 78-45 victory against Hanson.
The Eagles raced out to a 31-3 lead after a quarter as they cruised to victory.
The Eagles outscored Hanson 16-12 in the second quarter for a 47-15 halftime advantage.
Central Catholic edged Hanson 16-14 in the third quarter for a 63-29 lead after three quarters, while Hanson outscored Central Catholic in the fourth period, 16-15, for the final.
Three Eagles reached double figures as Dontrell Brown and Tyler Hoffpauir each scored 16 points, while Nicholas Case added 13 points. Case made three three-pointers in the contest.
Central Catholic (18-4 overall, 7-0 in district) will conclude district play today when it hosts Vermilion Catholic. Varsity boys’ action will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Patterson edges Franklin
Patterson had to fight off Franklin for a District 9-3A victory Friday on the road.
Patterson held an 18-17 lead after a period of play and a 32-28 advantage at the half.
The ’Jacks gained a little separation in the third-quarter as they outscored the Hornets, 17-11, for a 49-39 lead.
While Franklin outscored Patterson 20-15 in the final period, it wasn’t enough.
Nehemiah Augustus was one of three ’Jacks to reach double figures as he scored 19 points. Deondre Skinner and Daylon Charlot also reached double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Other top Patterson contributors included Taylan Grogan, eight; Denzel Johnson, six; and Larry Turner and Mykel Jones, four points apiece.
Although they were playing out of district, Patterson actually clinched the outright District 9-3A crown Feb. 5 as Abbeville knocked off North Vermilion in district play, giving North Vermilion its third district loss.
Patterson (15-6 overall, 11-0 district), will try to conclude District 9-3A play with an undefeated mark when it hosts Erath today at 6:30 p.m.
The game originally was set for Tuesday.
Morgan City falls
Morgan City fell to Assumption 39-34 in the Tigers’ District 8-4A finale.
While the Tigers played well defensively, limiting the Mustangs to below 40 points, they struggled on offense as senior standout Tyrin Watts did not play in the contest.
Morgan City coach Jeremy Whittington said this morning that Watts had been “removed (from the team) for violating team policy.”
After Assumption outscored Morgan City 5-2 in the first quarter, both teams picked up their scoring production in the second quarter as Morgan City outscored Assumption 13-12.
The Tigers trailed 17-15 going into halftime.
Both teams put up 12 points in the third quarter for a 29-27 Assumption lead after three quarters, and Assumption outscored Morgan City 10-7 in the fourth quarter for the final.
The Tigers, whose record now stands at 13-13 overall and finished district play at 2-6, will wait to find out if they made the playoff field when the brackets are announced Thursday.
While the Tigers entered last week ranked No. 28, they dropped their final two contests, to Vandebilt Catholic on Tuesday before Friday’s loss.
Berwick falls to Abbeville
Berwick fell to Abbeville on the road in District 9-3A action Friday, 62-47.
Nick Osburn led Berwick with 17 points, while Palmer Cox also reached double figures with 12 points. Chaz Russo added seven points in the district loss.
Berwick (6-20 overall, 0-11 in district) will conclude district play today when it travels to Franklin. Action is set for a 7 p.m. start.