NIHS shocks WC for Third Place in Brusly tourney

Tryve Brackin
Korbin Scott (45) drives to the hoop during last week’s Brusly tournament victory by North Iberville over St. James. Saturday the Bears surprised White Castle 53-48 to win Third Place honors. Scott is the son of former Shady Grove High hoop/football standout Kyle Scott.

A young, but talented North Iberville High basketball team shocked longtime parish/district rival White Castle High Saturday evening to notch Third Place honors in the annual Brusly High boys’ basketball tournament.

Coach Charles Schurba’s Bears jumped out to a 23-13 halftime lead and coasted from there to claim a 53-48 victory in the Third Place game and thereby made upcoming District 9-A home and away series between the two rivals a very interesting matchup. In recent years, White Castle has dominated the Brusly tourney, along with Woodlawn, Port Allen, and the hosting Panthers.

In another final round surprise, Port Allen’s Pelicans had to go into overtime to turn back a frisky Class C Grand Isle High team to win the tourney crown, taking a final 75-71 victory.

Redemptorist High beat hosting Brusly by a 48-43 score to notch Consolation Game honors.

NIHS-WCHS: Tre’vion Hawkins, the Bears’ 6-4 center, dominated the boards and scored a team-high 21 points to lead his team to Third Place honors.

Meanwhile, Coach Schurba garnered solid all-round performances from first-year players Korbin Scott, seventh grader Nicholas Parker, Tred James, and Jessie Ward. Also, Nikita Woolfolk provided senior leadership on the court.

Generra Varmall paced the White Castle offense for the third-straight tourney contest as he bucketed a game-high 22 points. Dontrell Thomas fought Hawkins, Scott, James, and Ward under the boards and added another 13 points to the Bulldog effort.

PAHS-GIH: Tyler Washington bagged game-high scoring honors for the third-straight contest as he led his 3-A Port Allen club to the tournament championship with its overtime win over Class C Grand Isle. Washington netted 29 points to pace the Pelican attack, while Austin Allen also hit in double figures with 20 points.

RHS-BRUSLY: The Panther trio of Stanley Stewart (15 points), Brent Henry (14 points), and Jamel Askins (10 points) played hard to make a good showing for the hosting Brusly team, but Redemptorist claimed a five-point second-half advantage to net Consolation honors.

Wilbert Ferdinand led RHS with 16 points, while Austin Gomez added 14.

SECOND ROUND: All three Iberville clubs lost games on the second night of competition. Port Allen High downed White Castle 67-60, while North Iberville fell to Grand Isle High by a 63-56 score and East Iberville lost 63-54 to Redemptorist High.

WCHS had a trio of players in double figures, but it was not enough as the Pelicans garnered a game-high 25 points from Washington and teammate Allen contributed a solid 20-point effort. Varmall paced the Bulldog attack with 21 points, while Johntrell Major added 14 and Ronald Martin 10 points.

Grand Isle took a halftime lead of 31-28 and expanded upon it in the second half to top the NIHS Bears by a seven-point margin. Hawkins turned in a 24-point scoring effort to lead the Bears, while Scott added 15 points.

J.R. Harris popped in a game-high 25 points to lead upper classification Redemptorist to its win over 1-A East Iberville. Point guard Donovan Richardson led the EI Tiger offense with 18 points, while fellow guard Jon Belvin had 11 markers.

Brusly bounced back on the second night from its loss to Grand Isle to beat St. James High by a 59-39 score. Darius Jackson led the hosting Panthers with 18 points, while Stewart added 10 markers.

OPENING ROUND: White Castle stopped parish rival East Iberville by a 68-55 score to advance in the winners’ bracket on opening evening of the tourney. Meanwhile, North Iberville defeated St. James by a 68-53 score, while hosting Brusly lost to Grand Isle by a 54-42 score and Port Allen beat Redemptorist 69-61.

Varmall led the WCHS scoring effort in the win over EIHS. The senior guard popped in 23 points. He was backed by Thomas’ 16 points. Richardson led the Tigers with 12 points, while Arno Grace chipped in 10.

Hawkins poured in a game-high 28 points to lead the NIHS Bears to their win over St. James. James tallied 12 points for NI, while Parker and Ward netted 7 apiece. Scott added 6 points. The duo of David Narcisse and James Mitchell combined evenly for 24 points for St. James.

Stewart led Brusly with 23 points in the loss to Grand Isle, while Washington had his first 25-point scoring effort to lead Port Allen. Washington average 26.5 points a contest in the tourney. NIHS’ Hawkins scored at a 24.5 clip in the tourney, while WCHS’ Varmall averaged 22 points a game.

Ronald Martin (13) of White Castle High goes up for a short jumper as East Iberville’s Jon Belvin (24) attempts to defend.