Westgate's Byrick Broussard (15) dribbles the ball while Peabody's Jeremy Richard (35) during the first half of a game in the Holiday Shootout tournament at St. Martinville Senior High in St. Martinville, La., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. By Paul Kieu, The Advertiser Dec. 21, 2013
Westgate's Jamel White (10) tries to move past Peabody's Jacoby Ross (5) during the first half of a game in the Holiday Shootout tournament at St. Martinville Senior High on Friday. / By Paul Kieu, The Advertiser
In a typical up-and-down, quick-shot type of ball game, Peabody used a big fourth-quarter spurt and made their free throws down the stretch to beat the Tigers 72-64 in the quarterfinals of the St. Martinville Senior High Holiday Shootout. The Warhorses advanced to the tournament semifinals at 7:30 p.m. tonight against Helen Cox.
“Westgate has a good tradition in basketball, we have a good tradition in basketball,” Peabody head coach Charles Smith said. “So nobody is ever down and out. You got to play until the bell rings.”
Both teams tried to match big shot for big shot early, as Byrick Broussard hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter to help Westgate stay close to Peabody, and then tried to slow down the Warhorses on defense by putting in a half-court press that caused Peabody to turn the ball over. But the Tigers couldn’t finish most of their shots and trailed 28-24 at halftime.
Westgate (5-4) eventually got the lead with a minute left in the third quarter thanks to a Broussard 3 and a couple of putback buckets by forward Devin Joseph. But a big 3-pointer by Demetrius Boyd with seconds left in the quarter gave the lead back to Peabody entering the fourth quarter.
A pair of 3-pointers from Gabriel Jordan and Leroy McClinton helped Peabody to take a 52-44 lead in the fourth quarter. Westgate rallied to cut the lead back to three, but the Tigers could not put a strong run together to take the lead, mostly because Westgate had several players in foul trouble.
“We started attacking the basket, which made a difference,” Smith said. “We got them into foul trouble, which allowed us to make some easy baskets.”
Despite a strong performance from Broussard, who led Westgate with a game-high 25 points and four 3-pointers by Walter Lewis, head coach Oliver Winston took most of the blame for the loss.
“They made free throws, we didn’t make our free throws,” he said. “It’s my fault, I should have gotten my point guard off the floor with four fouls early in the fourth quarter. He’s a heck of a player, and I thought we could make it through. So that hurt us when we got within one or two points.”
Westgate will try to bounce back while Westgate faces Karr in the consolation round at 3 p.m