Tigers take down Bucs in back-and-forth affair

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Tyrielle North scored nine points in Donaldsonville's 70-66 win over Broadmoor. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Donaldsonville improved to 2-0 in the John "Hot Rod" Williams Gold Dome Classic on Friday night as they did just enough in the fourth quarter to win a back-and-forth 70-66 affair with Broadmoor.

"We were fortunate enough to get some stops, some rebounds and some lucky breaks on their end," Tiger head coach Lionel Gilbert said. "They had some opportunities to score, and the ball just didn't bounce their way. We were able to go to the free-throw line, and we got a few steals to put it away."

Donaldsonville was coming off of a 62-60 win over Denham Springs in Thursday night's tournament opener.

They remained hot to begin Friday night's game against Broadmoor. Lawrence Forcell hit a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a 5-0 start.

However, the Buccaneers countered with a 10-2 run that put them ahead, 10-7. They eventually carried a 20-17 advantage into the second quarter.

That's when Clenard Mollere began to take over for Donaldsonville.

Mollere drilled a trey to begin the period. He then came up with a steal that he converted into a layup. This flurry contributed to a 14-6 Tiger run that gave them a 31-26 lead.

To end the half, Quintez Dabney came up with an acrobatic layup that kept Donaldsonville ahead, 36-33, at the break.

In the third quarter, Raeland Johnson came alive for the Tigers. A bucket down low by Johnson gave the Tigers the biggest lead of the game at seven. Johnson scored eight points in the quarter.

But Broadmoor wouldn't go away. They charged back hard to tie the game.

To end the quarter, Mollere nailed a 3-pointer, then added a floater at the buzzer to give Donaldsonville a 55-52 lead heading to the fourth.

The Tigers were sloppy to begin the final quarter. A barrage of turnovers allowed Broadmoor to go on a 5-0 run to take a 57-55 advantage.

The Buccaneers clung to a 64-63 lead with just 1:08 remaining, but Johnson came up with a bucket down low to regain the advantage for the Tigers.

Tyriell North then made a steal and finished it off with a layup to extend the advantage to three.

On the other end of the floor, Johnson drew a charge, and North later iced the game with another steal, which he again converted into points.

Donaldsonville was able to hold on to clinch the 70-66 victory.

In a losing effort, Jabril Powell and Erin Nealond each scored 17 for Broadmoor. Nealond hit five 3-pointers.

Mollere was fantastic for the Tigers as he scored a game-high 26. Johnson added 15, and Dabney scored 10. North had nine, and Forcell chipped in with eight.

The victory was Donaldsonville's second straight, and it gave them a 4-3 overall record.

"There's been a variety of things working for us," Gilbert said. "We just try to contest every dribble and contest every shot. We try to hold each other accountable for blocking out and rebounding. We know we have to make free throws and limit our turnovers.

"We're so small. We're playing with five guards, so we know we're gonna give up some offensive boards. We have to be excellent in other areas--like free throws, not turning the ball over, playing team defense and extending defense to create some easy shots for us."