BASKETBALL

Growing pains: St. James pulls away from East Iberville in Robert Grace Invite

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
East Iberville's Tyler James converts a short jumper over St. James' Tevin Gros in the third quarter of the Wildcats' 65-33 victory on Friday night in the Robert Grace Invitational. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

ST. GABRIEL - East Iberville High School only trailed by one point at halftime before St. James put the game away in the third quarter for a 65-33 victory in the Robert H. Grace Invitational on Friday night.

The Tigers (3-10), under coach Doug Schultz, opened tournament play with a 67-36 victory over Jehovah - Jireh on Thursday before falling to Dunham 43-32 on Saturday.

"We don't know how to handle adversity yet because we are a young team," Schultz said. "We have a lot of growing to do. This is the first time in a long time that we have had a team that is not up to par with East Iberville's standards. Their inexperience is showing but the silly turnovers are just horrible. It will be a hard ship but we are going to get there."

Quantae Johnson led East Iberville with 11 points. Tyler James added seven, Khris Grace five, Devin Johnson four, Jachai Scott, Shawn Griffin and Dajail Arthur each two and Delontre Terrell one.

East Iberville defeated Family Christian 56-43 on Tuesday and will participate in a tournament at Baker beginning Thursday.

Johnson had 10 of his points in the first quarter. James' inside bucket cut it to 36-23 in the third quarter but the Tigers only added four more points through the rest of the frame.