Denham Springs dominated the open and close of the game en route to a 43-30 win over host Barbe Thursday at the Iberia Bank Holiday Hoops tournament.
The Yellow Jackets (10-2) held Barbe to two points in the first quarter and closed the game with a 12-4 run. Ray Whitley and Micah Banks each scored four points in the late run. Each finished the game with 11 points to lead the ’Jackets.
“They handled our pressure and were able to get the ball to the basket,” Barbe head coach Carl Klein said of the ’Jackets late run. “They got some second-chance opportunities; we didn’t do a good job of rebounding on the back end.”
Justin Lemelle led Barbe (9-5) with 12 points.
Barbe outscored Denham Springs 11-8 in the second quarter to get within two points at halftime, with Lemelle and Eli Fountain each scoring four points in the quarter.
The Bucs tied the score in the third quarter and trailed by four after three, but couldn’t get all the way back.
“We got some defensive stops, some steals that led to transition buckets,” Klein said. “But I never felt like we got over the hump. We had some opportunities to take the lead and we could never get to the point. I hope we can rebound from this game tomorrow, play with a little more fire and emotion.”
The tournament continues through Saturday. Five games are on the schedule today, with Barbe playing Assumption at 6:30 p.m. Denham Springs will play Sulphur at 5 p.m.