BASKETBALL

East Ascension stymies Green Devils in second half

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Plaquemine's Kirkland Jones shoots in between East Ascension's Jared Adams, Eric Williams and Malik Anderson in the first half of the Spartans' 48-37 victory Monday.
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PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine Senior High School took their only lead at halftime before scoring just 13 second-half points in a 48-37 non-district loss to East Ascension on Monday night at PSHS' gym.

The Green Devils (12-9), under coach Donald Ray Johnson, also fell to McKinley 44-39 on Friday. Plaquemine opens District 6-4A play on Friday at Lutcher before hosting St. Michael the Archangel on Monday.

"We just wanted to compete and we are going to grow from it," Johnson said. "They are good at what they do and we took too many quick shots. We wanted to move the ball around and get it to the guys that were hot and we didn't. That hurt us.

"We got lackadaisical defensively and they made some open shots. They switched to a 2-3 zone once they got the momentum and that bothered us."

Clifton "C.J." Young led the Green Devils with 13 points converting 7-of-10 free throws. Devante "D.J." Marshall added 10, Cameron Garner six on two 3-pointers and Demetrius Franklin, Kirkland Jones and Darwin James each two.

Jacardo Hawkins led the Spartans (15-6) with 12 points. D.J. Jacobs and Eric Williams each added 10, Johnell Lane eight, Jarred Adams four and D.D. Jones and Malik Anderson each two.

East Ascension jumped out to an early 7-0 lead courtesy Hawkins, Lane and Jacobs before Marshall's putback put Plaquemine on the board. Jacobs' 3-pointer pushed the lead to seven before Young's turnaround bank shot cut it to 12-6 going into the second quarter.

Garner's 3-pointer from the left corner with 10 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Green Devils a 24-23 halftime lead.

Young's runner and baseline jumper sandwiched Lane's trey to open the frame but Williams' put East Ascension ahead 21-15. Marshall converted twice in a row off an inbounds pass and a strong spin move for a putback before Franklin's cut the deficit to two.

Marshall converted to open the second half but Adams' free throws put the Spartans ahead for good following Hawkins' dunk. Williams and Lane each connected from behind the arc before Jacobs' putback pushed the lead to 35-26.

Garner fed Marshall inside and Young converted three free thows but Plaquemine still trailed 37-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

James banked a runner to open the stanza but East Ascension used a 7-0 run courtesy the same trio before Garner's second three-ball from the left wing cut it to 44-36.