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Franklin Parish 80, West Ouachita 33
In a game that was never really close, the Patriots of Franklin Parish picked up their second district win of the week with an 80-33 win over West Ouachita Friday night at home.
The Patriots will close out the regular season this week as they play host to Carroll on Senior Day before wrapping up the regular season on Thursday against Bastrop on the road in a game that was originally scheduled to take place on January 27th.
Franklin Parish 55, Neville 54
Failing to make a field goal in overtime until under a minute left, the Neville Tigers lost an important district game Tuesday night at home as they were beaten by Franklin Parish, 55-54.
Keenan Garkin led the Tigers with 16 points and Deion Davis chipped in with 10. Junior forward JC Winn led Franklin Parish with 16 and Kendre Smith added 10 in the winning effort for the Patriots.
The overtime period was dominated but the patriots as they held Neville without a field goal until Ted Holley's bucket with 43.6 seconds to go in the overtime period.
Tied at eight with 5:04 left in the first quarter, Neville would go on a 14-2 run to take a commanding 22-10 lead that extended into the second quarter. The Tiger defense was the driving force in the big run as they held Franklin Parish scores for 5:11.
Davis' last-second shot at the end of the second quarter gave Neville a 34-23 advantage heading into the locker-room; however the second half would belong to the Patriots.
The more energetic of the two squads coming out of the locker-room for the second half, Brandon Sims' bucket with 2:56 left in the third quarter would cut the Neville lead to 36-33.
Neville's lead dropped to 40-39 after Smith's 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter and the Patriots grabbed their first lead of the game on Roosevelt Walker's bucket with 3:18 remaining in the game.
"I just don't know," Neville Head Coach Phillip Craig said. "We have just been so up-and-down and so inconsistent this entire season. You have to give a lot of credit to Franklin Parish. They came in here and played extremely hard and down the stretch played like they wanted it more then we wanted it and that was the difference.
"We still have some more games to play and still have a chance to make a run for a playoff berth, but we cannot have this kind of effort down the stretch. When it meant the most (late in the game), we just didn't respond like we needed to respond."
Tremayne Ellis' free throw gave the Patriots a 48-46 lead with 23.9 seconds to go, but after a Neville timeout, Garkin tied the game at 48 on a last second basket and actually had a chance to win the game for the Tigers but his free throw to complete the 3-point play fell just short and the game went into overtime.
"We went out there and played hard," Patriots Head Coach Wystee Kerry said. "We were a bit sluggish in the first half and didnít play good defense. We came out of the locker-room in the second half and changed to a pressure 1-3-1 defense and it seemed to really work well for us.
"A win like this really does good things for this teamís confidence. We didnít play as smart as we could down the stretch but fortunately enough it didnít hurt us. Our defense really led us to a victory in this game."
While Davis finished the game with 10 points, most of them came in the first half, something Craig said after the game has to change if the Tigers are to be successful in the remainder of the season.
"Their (Franklin Parish) trapping zone defense in the second half really took our entire offense out of their rhythm in the second half," Craig said. "We were hesitant against it and not attacking it. Stuff like that kind of snowballs. However, like I said before, you have to give them (Franklin) credit because they kept us off balance all night long."