Last-second 17-footer lifts Acadiana

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

Anthony Paris was not the primary option on Acadiana’s final possession, but he turned out to be the correct one, drilling

a 17-foot jumper from the free throw circle to give the Rams a 60-59 win over Barbe Tuesday night.

The win keeps Acadiana (7-6, 3-0) perfect in District 3-5A. Barbe (9-7, 0-2) missed a shot at the buzzer.

Paris had not scored all game until drilling the winner.

“We have confidence in all of our guys,” said Acadiana head coach Dwayne Searle. “He can score some and he had scored in the

JV game, so it was not like he was totally cold. It was a big shot for him, it will help his confidence.

“He wasn’t our first option, but it ended up working out so it was great. That’s a big win for us, they are a good team and

it is big to win one on the road.”

Barbe led 29-22 at halftime, but

Acadiana scored 21 points in the third quarter to get back in the game,

including the final

six of the quarter to tie the game at 43. DeEdward Cormier drilled

a 3-pointer on the first possession to give the Rams the

lead.

“We had our opportunities, we had some

chances earlier in the game but we made some turnovers that were

crucial,” said Barbe

head coach Carl Klein. “Our pressure and half court trap caused

them some problems early on. We were able to get some steals

and easy baskets, that was tribute to our rotating.”

Nick Burks scored a game-high 31 points for Barbe, including the team’s final 14 points.

“Down the stretch he was big, he made some plays and some big buckets,” Klein said. “We had the lead and needed a defensive

stop, but were not able to get it. We had the opportunity down the stretch but just were not able to complete the play.”

Burks made a three-point play with 47

seconds left to give Barbe their first lead of the fourth quarter, but

the Rams moved

the ball around until Paris stepped into the game-winning shot.

DeEdward Cormier led the Rams with 16 points. Edward Cormier

added 15 and Keithon Mouton added 12.