THE POST-SIGNAL / Chris Quebedeaux
Crowley High’s Bryan Montgomery goes up for a layup during the Gents’ 60-24 victory over Pine Prairie.
Gents storm past Pine Prairie in Turkey Tournament
Coming off a big victory over a talented and athletic Cecilia squad, Crowley High coach Jason Lewis figured his Gents might go into their Sacred Heart Turkey Tournament finale a little flat.
Especially with their opponent, Pine Prairie, being down this year.
While he was right to an extent, his Gents had little to no trouble with the Panthers and scored in double figures in each frame to walk away with an impressive 60-24 victory.
“Knowing a team is down, it’s kind of hard for your team to get up,” said Lewis, whose team improved to 4-0 on the season. “And early on, we were kind of stagnant on offense because they gave us a little something that we really hadn’t worked on - a 1-3-1 defense. But we were able to do a little motion and get some action going.”
The Panthers used that 1-3-1 defense to slow the pace of the game and it worked for the most part, especially early when the Gents scored just 14 points in each of the first two frames.
With the Panthers doing their best to limit the Gents’ inside game, the locals found some success from the perimeter by knocking down a trio of shots from beyond the arc early in the game and adding four more in the second half.
“We knew they were going to pack the paint, so the challenge to us was to knock down shots,” said Lewis. “I think we hit six or seven 3-pointers and that was big for us to build some confidence.”
The thing that impressed Lewis the most was the play of his bench, which produced 44 points while splitting time with the starters in the first three quarters before hitting the court for the entire fourth quarter.
“Our bench guys really gave us some good minutes,” said Lewis. “But we know we need to get back to the drawing board and work on some zone stuff, work on stepping in and when to shoot the ball and form and everything.”
Another key to the Gents’ success was their defense. Despite not pressing, Lewis’ squad was able to limit the Panthers to under 10 points in each of the four quarters.
The Panthers trailed 28-9 at the half and were outscored 32-15 over the final two frames.
“I thought we did a real good job on defense, but we are going to have to improve as we get closer to some of these big games we have coming up at the Opelousas Catholic and Madison Prep tournaments.,” said Lewis.
Kyris Savoy was the only Gent to score in double figures on the day. He knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Haylen Mouton also hit three big shots from beyond the arc and finished with nine points, as did starting guard Bryan Montgomery.
Jaylon Smith and Noah Hayes each added eight points, Rudolph Smith had six points and Braeden Board had four.
Marquarius Thorne and Jaylon Wiltz rounded out the offense with three and two points, respectively.
The Gents return to action on Tuesday when they play host to Church Point before participating in the Opelousas Catholic Tournament over the weekend where they will take on the host Vikings and former district rival Northwest.