Boys Top 28 Semifinals: Evangel edges Ville Platte, 67-64, in 2A semis

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EAGLES SOAR TO TITLE GAME

LAFAYETTE - Taylor Scott missed a last-second chance to tie the game with a three-pointer allowing Evangel to defeat Ville Platte, 67-64, on Friday in the Class 2A semifinals at the Cajundome.

Evangel Christian is known as a football school, but head coach Reni Mason thinks there is room for  championship basketball. “It's amazing to see in three years at a football school.”

Evangel’s leading scorer was Cameron Monroe with 18 and James Morse scored 13 and added 7 rebounds and 4 huge steals, two of which were late fourth quarter game-changers giving the Eagles leads.

Ville Platte took a 26-25 lead into the locker despite the fact Morse knocked down  a 30-plus foot three-pointer at the buzzer.

“It gave us momentum going into half time,” Morse stated .Evangel trailed 26-20 with 1:01 to play in a see-saw first half that saw 4 lead changes and 4 ties.

“We been here before,” said Mason about his team’s ability to rally from behind. “We pride ourselves in being tough.”

Taylor Scott led the Bulldogs in scoring with 23 points.

Evangel trailed 40-35 with 3:13 to play in the  third quarter when they went on a quick 6-0 run to take a one-point advantage. The stretch was highlighted by consecutive Bulldog turnovers and three baskets by David Smith, who scored a mere one point in the first two periods but added seven in the third and finished with 14.

Anderson explained “We made too many mistakes and they took advantage.”

The Eagles took a 48-47 advantage into the fourth.

Ville Platte (28-5) seemed to have trouble under pressure late. “It was a very hard fought battle, but we tried to do too many things,” Ville Platte head coach Lionel Anderson  said of his young  team.

Cody Jones scored 22 and talked about how the team’s nerves became too much of a factor. “We were playing not too make mistakes. We wanted this so bad for Ville Platte.”

The fourth quarter alone saw six lead changes  and five ties. Smith knocked down two key free throws and a three point desperation shot by Scott for Ville Platte was no good.

Evangel (28-5) advances to the  2A title game on Saturday night at 6 p.m. to face Riverside Academy, runaway winners over Episcopal earlier Friday.

Class 2A: Evangel 67, Ville Platte 64
EVANGEL (28-5) Trent Taylor 0-5 3-4 3; James Morse 5-13 0-0 13; Deion Sharp
3-9 2-4 8; Cameron Monroe 4-8 10-13 18; David Smith 4-14 6-10 14; Benny
Pineset 1-4 2-4 4; Alex McCoy 1-4 0-0 2; Sam Hayes 1-1 0-0 2; Josh Adams 0-0
0-0 0; Jermauria Rasco 0-3 3-8 3. Totals 19-61 26-43 67.
VILLE PLATTE (28-5) Taylor Scott 7-9 7-8 23; Cody Jones 7-12 5-7 22; Kendall
Ardoin 0-3 0-0 0; Tyler Thomas 3-5 0-0 6; Davontae Ardoin 0-4 2-2 2; Padrain
Arvie 0-0 1-2 1; Davontae Charles 1-2 0-0 3; Michael Thomas 2-3 1-3 5; Trey
Jackson 0-1 0-0 0; Justin Charles 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-40 16-22 64.
Evangel 10 15 23 19   67
Ville Platte 10 16 21 17   64
3-pointers ­ Evangel 3-11 (Taylor 0-3, Morse 3-8); Ville Platte 6-9 (Scott
2-2, Jones 3-5, Charles 1-2). Total fouls ­ Evangel 21, Ville Platte 26.
Fouled out ­ VP: Thomas. Technical fouls ­ none. Rebounds ­ Evangel 41
(Morse 7); Ville Platte 30 (Ardoin 7). Assists ­ Evangel 5 (Taylor 2); Ville
Platte 11 (Kendall Ardoin, Davontae Ardoin 3).