Bears turn back visiting Brusly on hardwood

Tryve Brackin

North Iberville High turned back visiting upper classification Brusly High Tuesday of last week in overtime by an 82-76 score to take their most deceive early season boys’ basketball win to that point.

The victory pushed the young Class A NIHS Bears to a 2-5 mark, while visiting Brusly fell to 1-6 for the season. The win came on the eve of North Iberville competing in the annual Brusly tournament one day later. Class A parish teams NIHS, White Castle, and East Iberville all took part in the Wednesday-Thursday-Friday annual Panther hoop showcase (see article in this season).

North led in the victory over the first three quarters of basketball. The Bears took quarter margins of 13-10, 17-14, and 19-12 before the visiting Panthers rallied strong in the fourth period to tie the score with a 32-22 scoring margin. The Bears took control again in the overtime period pushing the 72-72 tie score to a final seven-point win with an 11-4 scoring advantage.

The Bears only returning starter, 6-4 center Tre’vion Hawkins joined with first-year starters Nicholas Parker and Korbin Scott in giving the locals a trio of players with 20-point scoring efforts. Scott led the way with 22, while Parker tallied 21 and Hawkins 20. Tred James added 8 while Nikita Woolfolk scored 7 markers. Trevor Trusclair closed with a point. Scott bucketed four baskets from 3-point range, while Parker had two and Woolfolk one.

Stanley Stewart, the returning BHS scoring leader, paced his team with 21 points, while Brent Henry added 13. Darius Jackson and Ashton Schofield scored 11 apiece, while Kevin Purnell tallied 10. Caleb Paul and Darrell Jones had 3 apiece. Schofield and Purnell combined for five buckets from 3-point range for Brusly.

Brusly won the Junior Varsity game by a 42-29 score.