Louisiana boys lose overtime thriller for second place at Clopton tourney
The Louisiana Bulldogs took second place at the Clopton Invitational last week and are now 5-2 on the season.
The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker and the championship game of the Clopton tourney in overtime on Saturday, Jan. 11.
Both teams played good defense and it was 12-12 at the end of the first quarter. It remained a tight game in the second quarter and Louisiana was up, 25-23, at the half.
Louisiana senior guard Marshall Corbin put a rebound back up for a score as the third quarter ended and Louisiana led again, 36-35.
The Bulldogs led, 49-48, with 25 seconds to go in regulation but Monroe City tied it with a free throw to force overtime.
Senior forward Tristan Castiglia sank two free throws with 2:12 left in the extra period to take a 53-51 lead. Monroe City came back with a three-pointer to make it 54-53 with 1:46 to go.
Monroe City scored three points thereafter and the Bulldogs could only muster two.
“We didn’t play all that well throughout the tournament and Saturday was no different,” said Louisiana Head Coach Derrick Branstetter. “We’ve been lucky enough to get away with not playing to our capabilities, but we saw against Clopton and Monroe City that good teams won’t let you get away with that.
“There are very few easy nights left on the schedule so we have to get some things figured out.”
Corbin led the Bulldogs with 16 points, grabbed four rebounds, blocked two shots and dished out two assists.
Senior guard Daylon Greene had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Castiglia had 12 points, yanked down 16 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Junior guard Kendon Chatman scored seven points, had four assists, two rebounds and two steals.
“It wasn’t a pretty game and we were sloppy from the start, but every game we play with those guys is hard fought and this one was no different,” Branstetter said about the Friday, Jan. 10 semifinal tourney game. “We knew we would be in for a tough one and we are fortunate.”
Louisiana opened up a 13-5 lead by the end of the first quarter but Clopton came back with a 16-7 run in the second quarter to go up 21-20 at the half.
The Bulldogs created their winning margin with a 15-10 run in the third quarter to make it 35-31 going into the final frame.
The Hawks outscored the Bulldogs 10-8 in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough to regain the lead as the clock expired.
Sophomore guard Zach Richardson had 13 points, three rebounds two steals and two assists.
Castiglia had 12 points, 13 rebounds, five blocked shots, two steals and an assist.
Greene had seven points, two assists, one rebound and one steal.
Corbin had six points, five rebounds, a block, a steal and one assist.
Senior forward Austin Rule had three rebounds and a steal.
The Bulldogs had a 20-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 36-23 at the half. Louisiana outscored Barat Academy 33-29 in the second half of the first-round game on Wednesday, Jan. 8
“We were a little sloppy, which is to be expected after a 24 day layoff, but did enough to get the win,” Branstetter said. “We still have a lot of things that we can improve on, particularly on the defensive end.”
Greene led the Bulldogs with 21 points, five rebounds, five steals and five assists.
Castiglia had 15 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Corbin had 14 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Chatman had nine points, two rebounds, three assists and six steals.
The Bulldogs were set to play on the road at South Shelby at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 as the Press-Journal went to press.
Louisiana returns home for a game against Bowling Green with the junior varsity starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16.
The Bulldogs go back on the road for a 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at Clark County.