MCHS, Patterson record last-second district wins

The basketball teams at Morgan City and Patterson high schools won their district contests in dramatic fashion Friday. Morgan City upset Ellender, 76-75, after Makye Richard sank
the second of two free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining. Meanwhile, Patterson came back to defeat Berwick, 58-55, on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Drew Lucas. In the top photo,
Morgan City players celebrate after their win, while in the right photo, Lucas dribbles during first-half action Friday. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

Staff Report

Morgan City’s Makye Richard made the second of two free throws with less than three second remaining and a desperation shot by Ellender was off the mark as Morgan City held on for a 76-75 upset victory in District 7-4A action in Morgan City Friday.
Ellender was called for a blocking foul on Richard with 2.3 second left and the game tied at 75 as Richard was trying to bring the ball down the court for a last-second shot.
After missing the first free-throw, Richard’s second attempt was good for a 76-75 lead.
Ellender inbounded the ball, but standout Davontavean Martin’s attempt from half-court was off the mark to secure the Tigers’ win against Class 4A’s No. 6 team according to the latest Louisiana High School Athletic Association power rankings. Morgan City came into the game ranked No. 27 in Class 4A.
The Morgan City win forges a three-way tie atop the district standings between the Tigers, Assumption and Ellender, who all have two district loses apiece.
In Friday’s win, the Tigers trailed 21-18 after a quarter before outscoring Ellender, 27-15, in the second period for a 45-36 lead at halftime.
Ellender outscored Morgan City, 22-18, in the third period to cut its deficit to 63-58 after three quarters.
Ke’Sean Francois led Morgan City with 22 points, while Deondre Grogan and Richard added 16 points apiece. Other Morgan City scorers included Kerwin Francois, seven; Devonta Grogan, six; Jared Singleton, five; and Morrquise Charles and Taaj Daniels, two apiece.
Morgan City (15-8 overall, 5-2 in district) will return to action Tuesday when it travels to face South Terrebonne in district action.
Lucas’ buzzer beater
lifts Patterson
Drew Lucas’ three-pointer at the buzzer lifted Patterson to a 58-55 victory in District 8-3A action at Patterson Friday.
The shot capped an impressive fourth quarter for the Lumberjacks, who entered the period trailing 47-40, but outscored the Panthers, 18-8 in the period.
With the win, the Lumberjacks remain undefeated in District 8-3A action this season with an 8-0 mark.
While Patterson took an 11-8 lead after a period of play, Berwick outscored the home squad 22-12 in the second period for a 30-23 halftime lead. Each team scored 17 points in the third quarter.
Jordan Butler led Patterson with 23 points. Other scorers included Lucas, nine; Tyric Garrett and Dajon Richard, seven apiece; Elijah Williams, six; Khyri Harris, four; and Kai Schexnayder, two.
Patterson made eight three-pointers, led by Lucas’ three.
Berwick was led in scoring by Larenz Clark with 19 points, while Josh Carver had 14. Other Berwick scorers included Travis Whitehead, nine; Donald Tillman, eight; Cody Roberie, three; and Tysin Meads, two.
Berwick made five three-pointers in the victory.
The Panthers (17-11, 6-3) will return to action Tuesday when they host Kaplan in district play.
Patterson (13-8, 8-0) will hit the court again Tuesday when it travels to face E.D. White in district action.
CCHS routs
Highland Baptist
The Central Catholic Eagles routed Highland Baptist, 76-13, in District 7-1A action in Morgan City Friday.
Ja’len Johnson led the Eagles with 26 points, while Elijah Swan scored 15 and Blake Byrne, 10.
Central Catholic (10-9, 5-5) will return to action Tuesday when it hosts Vermilion Catholic in district play.

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