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Photo: Eunice High basketball coach LaQinten Lamb gives instructions to Tyshun Joseph (2), Dedrick Vigers (10) and other players Thursday night during the first round of the St. Landry Parish Basketball Tournament at Beau Chene.

Photo by Bobby Ardoin

Contributing Writer

The first round of the annual St. Landry Parish Basketball Tournament hosted by Beau Chene, Thursday night concluded with a pair of competitive boys’ games, while on the girls’ side, Northwest High and J.S. Clark Leadership Academy won their opening rounds in lopsided fashion.

Opelousas High defeated Clark in a double overtime opening round boys’ game in which neither secured large advantages in either regulation or the extra periods, while Eunice High exhibited a strong finish despite a loss to Northwest.

The tournament continues Friday starting at 3:30 p.m. Teams continue playing throughout Saturday (beginning at 10 a.m.). Championship games start Saturday at 6 p.m.


Opelousas 69, JSCLA 68

Dillon Stephens scored the final points for Opelousas, but the Tigers featured two other players that combined for 42.

Senior Javonnie Gibson had a team-high 25, while Mekhi Waller added 17. Stephens scored team and was perfect on his three free throws.

Clark’s Bryen Tyler had 21, while Channing Arvie contributed 18,

Regulation ended with the teams tied at 54. Both scored eight in the first overtime.

Northwest 63, Eunice 53

This game appeared Northwest-dominated until the fourth quarter when Eunice pulled to within nine.

Northwest climbed to a 37-21 halftime lead, as the Raiders’ John Jolivette slammed home a couple of dunks.

Terrence Shilow led Eunice with 16. The Bobcats’ balanced scoring included Dedrick Vigers (9), Tyshun Joseph and Clarence Arceneaux eight and Rondrelyn Mitchell (7).


Northwest 66, Beau Chene 40

Northwest established an early lead and continued to extend the advantage in the victory over host Beau Chene.

Caitlyn Rideau led Northwest with 18. Haley Lavergne added 12 and Kahlan Hicks supplied 10.

Beau Chene’s Chrison Taylor scored 11 for Beau Chene. Trinity Cheatham and Jaila Plumbar each added eight.

JSCLA 64, Port Barre 39

The first quarter established the outcome in this game.

Clark led 17-2 at the end of the initial period. Then in the third quarter the Bulldogs outscored Port Barre 30-6.

Erianna Ned, Taylor Barnaba and Tristanie Albert scored 19 each for Clark. Scoring leaders for Port Barre were Bra’Shea Pickney (12) and Lenzie Buller (11).