BASKETBALL

Flames roll over St. John in Green Devil Classic

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com
St. John’s Princeton Young battles Family Christian’s Grant Chevenert and Quante Scott for a rebound in the Flames’ 83-56 victory in the Green Devil Holiday Classic on Wednesday night. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - Family Christian used a 10-0 run to close out the first quarter and never looked back on the way to a 83-56 victory over St. John in both teams' opening game of Plaquemine's Green Devil Holiday Classic basketball tournament on Wednesday night at PHS' gym.

The Class 1A Eagles (2-11), under coach Oliver "Cricket" Crockett, also fell to 3A Livonia 77-34 in the tournament on Thursday. St. John defeated 1A Catholic of Pointe Coupee 70-69 Dec. 21 and 1A Ascension Christian 56-48 before falling to host 2A Runnels 54-45 Dec. 22 in tournament play as well.

St. John travels to 2A Redemptorist on Friday before opening District 9-1A play at Ascension Catholic on Tuesday.

Hayden Hemenway led the Eagles with 15 points against the Class C Flames (14-11). Brennan Miller added 11, Princeton Young nine, Benjamin Poirrier six, Gavin Landry five, Tyler St. Germain and Bailey Whittington each four and Gavin Primeaux two.

Gummie Williams led Family Christian with a game-high 25 points. Jarion Holmes added 21, Tyler Randall 15 and Ben Pina` 12.

Poirrier's putback and Hemenway's free throw gave the Eagles brief early leads before Williams' pull up jumper put Family Christian ahead for good. Hemenway's 3-pointer from the right wing cut it to 11-8 after Miller's floater in the lane before the Flames' run.

St. John cut it to 28-18 in the second quarter when Young sandwiched a trey and 3-point play around Miller's 3-pointer but Family Christian used another run. Hemenway banked a three-ball near the top of the key just before the buzzer to cut it to 42-25 going into the half.

The Flames led 66-43 going into the fourth despite St. Germain's pull up jumper, Poirrier's transition basket and Whittington's putback.

Landry's 3-pointer from the right corner reflected the final tally after Hemenway added a trey and converted in transition.

Miller led the Eagles with 20 points against Livonia (1-12), which led 40-17 at the half.

Young had a game-high 29 points against the Hornets (12-4), which led 37-31 at halftime. Hemenway added 15 and Miller 13.

Miller also had a game-high 20 points against the Lions (5-8). Hemenway added 14 as St. John led 33-27 at the half.

Young had 14 against Runnels (8-9) and Miller added 11. The Raiders led 24-18 at halftime.