BASKETBALL

Donaldsonville basketball splits district games

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Aaron Julien and Donaldsonville lost to University Lab, 101-68. Photo Kyle Riviere.

The Donaldsonville Tigers split two games against District 6-3A heavyweights, Parkview Baptist and University Lab, last week.

They started the week with a road matchup against the Eagles. The Tigers fought off a fourth-quarter deficit to beat them in a thriller, 64-62.

However, they couldn't enjoy the win for very long. To end the week, they made the trip to face the Cubs and were crushed, 101-68.

Against Parkview: After a back-and-forth first quarter, Donaldsonville made a big run in the second. They outscored the Eagles, 20-12, to carry a 30-22 lead into the break. That lead quickly deteriorated as Parkview made a big run of their own in the third quarter. After winning the period, 19-10, the Eagles were able to take a 41-40 advantage into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter, the pace quickened as both offenses began to click. After a high-scoring shootout, Donaldsonville was able to squeeze by and collect the 64-62 victory. Braxton Bernard had a huge game for the Tigers. He poured in a game-high 29 points. James Gipson had 9, Ronald Whittington had 8 and Aaron Julien added 6. The victory avenged an 8-point home loss to Parkview from back in January.

Against University: The Tigers were blasted by 25 against University the first time they played. Things got even worse in their second meeting with the Cubs. The game got away from Donaldsonville right from the start. University had a huge first quarter--exploding for 29 points and taking a 13-point lead into the second. They scored 26 more points to run out to a 55-33 halftime advantage. They scored 27 more points in the fourth to trounce the Tigers, 101-68. For the second time this year, the Cubs devastated Donaldsonville with the one-two punch of LSU signee Wayde Sims and Jalen Johnson. The two burned the Tigers for 55 combined points in their first matchup. This time, they combined for 62. Johnson had a game-high 32, and Sims was right behind with 30. Bernard led the way for Donaldsonville with 24. Jacoby Simon, Jermaine Collier and Julien each had 8.

Upcoming game: With the split, Donaldsonville's record moved to 14-13 overall and 6-6 in district play. They'll host Port Allen on Friday night in their regular-season finale.