LONGVILLE – Senior Braeden Board’s three-pointer in the fourth period gave the No. 17-seeded Crowley Gents a lead they would not relinquish as they came from behind to defeat the No. 16-seeded South Beauregard Golden Knights, 65-58, here Friday in the Class 3A playoff opener.
With the win, the Gents improved to 21-8 overall and will now host the top-ranked Bossier Bearkats Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m.
Senior Marquarius Thorne finished as Crowley’s leading scorer with 23 points, which included eight in the fourth quarter. Board added 19 points, while junior Bryan Montgomery hit double figures with 10 points.
Despite only scoring six points, Ronderick Nelson came up big down the stretch for Crowley as he connected on four free throws.
Also scoring for Crowley were Jaylon Wiltz with four points, Noah Hayes with two points, and Kyris Savoy with one point.
Crowley took the slight 19-17 after the first period, but the Golden Knights outscored the Gents 15-8 in the second period for a 32-27 halftime lead. The Knights led by as many as eight points in the third period, but the Gents closed to within three, 47-44, heading in the last eight minutes.