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|OCS sees large crowds at tourney|
Crowds flooded into the gym each night last week for the Maggie Moo's New Year Classic, hosted by Ouachita Christian School.
"We had some great games and real good crowds," Thomas said. "The excitement in the crowd was good to see. It was a good tournament."
OCS opened the tournament with a 62-39 win over Claiborne Christian. Dupont and Levare Davis scored in double-figures to pace the Eagles past the Crusaders.
OCS met up with the Mangham Dragons in the second round of the New Year Classic. The Dragons hounded Dupont on the defensive end and made clutch free throws in the second half to upend the Eagles 49-43. OCS had beaten Mangham in two previous meetings.
OCS bounced back less than 24 hours later to beat Calvary Baptist of Shreveport and take third-place in the tournament.
Mangham fell to the Caldwell Spartans 39-37 in the championship game on Saturday night.
The Ouachita Christian School boys fell on the road at Bernice while the Lady Eagles won their first district game of the season.
In the boys' action, the Bernice Bears (15-6, 1-0) jumped out to a 11-9 lead after the first quarter of play and did not relinquish that lead.
"We missed too many free throws and we were taking long jump shots," OCS head coach Jeff Thomas said. "They just drove in and hit easy two foot shots and our defense did not do a good job in transition."
Chris Dupont scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead OCS, ranked No.6 in the first Class 1A state poll released on Tuesday.
The Eagles shot just 30.9 percent from the floor in the game and were a below average 56 percent shooting in the game from the free-throw line.
"We have to improve our defense and get better in adjusting to moving toward the basketball," Thomas said. "We will work hard on that the next two days and watch film to get our team better and show some guys what they need to work on out there."
OCS will now send both basketball squads to Arcadia Friday night for another district tilt with the Arcadia Hornets, a team expected to be the cream of the crop in district 2-1A this season.
"They have great size and quickness," Thomas said. "They play great pressure defense and are a high scoring team."
Courtney Roberson, a 6-10 forward is committed to Texas A&M. His brother, Anthony Roberson, is the assist leader from the point guard position. Courtney Roberson currently averages over 10 points and 10 rebounds per contest.
The OCS Lady Eagles rolled past the Bernice Lady Bears on Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles beat Bernice 55-17 behind 26 points and 11 rebounds from Mallory Fields.
Fields was joined in double-figures by Abby Kalil with 20 points and eight boards. Holly Tyler finished the game with nine points. Shakyra Henry led Bernice with eight points.
OCS (9-13, 1-0) won two-out-of-three games in the New Year Classic last week as well. OCS pounded Sterlington 54-25 behind 25 points from Mallory Fields.
OCS then made crucial free throws and converted several turnovers into points during a 59-47 victory over Calvary Baptist.
The Lady Eagles fell in the championship game Saturday afternoon to Caldwell, 44-33. Fields and Kalil again scored in double-figures but could not overcome costly OCS turnovers that Caldwell used to take home the championship.
Sterlington was another local team that participated in the New Year Classic. The Panthers lost in the opening round of the tournament to Calvary Baptist 60-52 despite Jordan Crew scoring 15 points in defeat.
Max Cook chipped in 14 points, as Sterlington could not contain the strong inside presence of Calvary.
Sterlington edged Saint Frederick in the second round of the tournament to get back into the winner's bracket with a 51-48 win.
Saint Frederick (1-20) has struggled to control the ball this season and is looking to go back and work on fundamentals this week as they host Cedar Creek Friday night in district play.
Anthony Marshall averages over 18 points per game for the Warriors who have had good defensive pressure this season. However, the team has not found that added scoring punch that is needed to compete in a very competitive district 2-1A.
Sterlington was certainly not done after dispatching St. Frederick from the New Year Classic.
The Panthers avenged an earlier loss at West Ouachita by besting the Chiefs at OCS, 53-47.
Cook led the way with 16 points as Sterlington built a lead early and then pulled away with solid defense and consistent free throw shooting.
Sterlington lost at home to Ferriday 60-34 Tuesday night to open district play. Nothing seemed to fall the way of the Panthers early and the lead just ballooned on them.
Sterlington will visit Farmerville in a huge rivalry game in district play this Friday night. Girls action begins at 6 p.m. with the boys beginning at 7:30 p.m.