LA boys basketball team captures second place at Monroe City tourney
The Louisiana Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season last week but managed a second-place finish at the Monroe City Tournament. The team is now 3-1 on the season.
The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker to Palmyra in the championship game of the tourney on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Although the Bulldogs shot 60 percent from the floor, they missed 14 of 26 foul shots.
Palmyra had a two-point lead or less at the end of each quarter. The Panthers were ahead 17-16 at the end of the first quarter and up 35-33 at half.
The Panthers led 52-50 at the end of the third quarter as well. Both teams scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, but Palmyra maintained its two-point edge.
“While we had a shot to win the game, I really can’t say that we played well,” said Louisiana Head Coach Derrick Branstetter.
“We shot the ball really well, which helped, but we were only 12-26 from the free throw line and we turned the ball over 22 times. Palmyra is a good team and you can’t afford to be loose with the ball against teams like that.
“We have to use this game to help us focus on the areas that we will have to improve if we want to reach our potential.”
Senior forward Marshall Corbin led the team and a balanced scoring attack with 20 points. He added seven assists, a steal and six rebounds.
Senior forward Tristan Castiglia poured in 15 and grabbed 11 rebounds. He blocked six shots and had two steals.
Senior guard Daylon Green continued to score with 14 points. He added an assist, three rebounds and a steal.
Junior guard Elijah Oblinger had nine points and an assist.
Junior guard Kendon Chatman had seven points, six assists, a steal and a rebound.
Sophomore guard Zach Richardson had seven points, three assists, a rebound and a steal.
The Bulldogs were up 32-23 at the half and then pulled away with a 44-33 run in the second half to beat the Panthers in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Louisiana had 26 rebounds, 18 steals and shot 58 percent from the field. Greene and Castiglia combined for 51 points.
“Monroe City is a much improved team and while we won by 20, the game was much more competitive than that,” Branstetter said. “We continue to shoot a high percentage because we are moving the ball and getting high percentage shots, but we still need to do a better job of taking care of the ball.
“Our team defense is getting better each game and we need to let our defense key our offense.”
Greene lit the Panthers up with 32 points to go with three assists, three rebounds, one steal and a blocked shot.
Castiglia had 18 points, ripped down 15 rebounds, had two assists, seven steals and a blocked shot.
Chatman had nine points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Corbin had nine points, one assist, two rebounds and two steals.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play at Griggsville-Perry (Ill.) wth the JV starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20.