Panthers too big for EIHS

East Iberville’s Kylen Popular converts ahead of Brusly’s Jay Christophe in the Panthers’ 58-48 non-district victory on Friday night. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

ST. GABRIEL – East Iberville of Class 1A cut a 17-point deficit to eight in the fourth quarter but could get no closer in 58-48 loss to 3A Brusly on Friday night at EIHS' gym.

The Tigers (7-10) also fell to 2A George Washington Carver 68-48 at the Madison Prep Classic in Baton Rouge and now have lost four straight going into District 9-1A play on Tuesday against West St. John. East Iberville also travels to Ascension Catholic Friday and Ascension Christian on Tuesday.

"We are going to take it one game at a time and hopefully, it will be a good year for us," East Iberville coach Doug Schultz said. "We will know after we play that first district game."

East Iberville also fell to the host Panthers 73-49 in a tournament earlier in the season.

"Size does matter when it comes to basketball and they did a good job boxing out and rebounding," Schultz said. "We were getting one rebound to their three and four at a time. We played a little bit better defense then we did in the past but it still got out of hand. We made a run at the end but it was too late with their height and experience."

Javon'te Sherman and Kylen Popular each had 10 points to lead East Iberville. Daryl Ingram added nine, Quantae Johnson eight, Jayden Redditt five and Tyler James, Frank Broussard and Junius Chong each two.

D'Mario Jackson led Brusly (14-5) with a game-high 21 points. Micah Spears added 13, Jay Christophe nine, Traven Thibodeaux seven, Michael Bryant six and Donald Williams two.

Ingram fed Redditt for a 3-pointer in the left corner to cut the deficit to 50-40 with two minutes remaining before two treys by Sherman from the top of the key but Brusly converted 8-of-8 free throws down the stretch.

The Panthers never trailed and led 7-2 going into the second quarter and 23-16 at the half. Chong's putback and James' floater cut it to 7-6 before Brusly went on a 9-2 run.

Popular nailed 3-pointers from the left corner and right wing to cut it to 20-14 but the Panthers answered before Ingram fed Redditt inside going into the half.

Brusly used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to pull away before Broussard's putback cut it to 39-24 going into the final frame.

Redditt led East Iberville with 21 points against Carver (5-6), which led 31-17 at halftime. Ingram was selected to the all-tournament team.