Louisiana boys beat Clopton in 4th quarter
Bulldog Daylon Greene had 18 points against Clopton, including a bucket on this drive to the basket while being guarded by Clopton’s Jamel Shelton from behind and Devin Linton, (15).
The Louisiana boys basketball team captured a home win over the Clopton Hawks, 71-56, on Friday, Jan. 24 that was close for three quarters.
The lead changed hands often during the first three frames, but then Louisiana went on a 28-15 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
“This was a big win for us,” said Louisiana Head Coach Derrick Branstetter. “Clopton is a good team that is playing well, so this was a good win going into the (Bowling Green) tournament.”
“Our defense let down in the fourth quarter,” said Clopton Head Coach Craig Smith. “They adjusted to our one-two-two zone.”
The Hawks took advantage of Louisiana turnovers in the first quarter and hit open shots to take a 14-10 lead at the end of the frame.
Louisiana’s shooting heated up in the second quarter and the Bulldogs were getting the ball inside to senior forward Tristan Castiglia for easy layups.
There were several lead changes during the second quarter, with both teams playing hard and bodies hitting the floor. Louisiana’s 16-14 run cut Clopton’s lead to 28-26 at the half.
Louisiana reboundedd and ran on Clopton at the start of the third quarter and took a five-point lead. However, Clopton fought back to close the lead to 43-41 Louisiana at the end of the third quarter, despite a 17-13 Bulldogs’ run.
The fourth quarter looked like a completely different ballgame due to Louisiana’s domination. The Bulldogs scored the first eight points of the quarter and had a 51-41 lead with 5 minutes and 37 seconds to go.
Clopton’s shots weren’t falling like they were in the first half and Louisiana got momentum with defensive rebounds.
Louisiana didn’t let up and took a 58-46 lead at 2:48 and pushed it to 62-46 at the 2:12 mark by cashing in on Hawks turnovers. Clopton had a short scoring spurt at the end of the game but the Bulldogs still won by 15.
Castiglia led the Bulldogs with 19 points. He added seven rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals and two assists.
Senior guard Daylon Greene had 18 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Junior guard Kendon Chatman had a big night with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers, six assists, four rebounds and a steal.
Senior swingman Marshall Corbin had 13 points and led the team with 10 rebounds. He added two assists and a steal.
Sophomore guard Zach Richardson had four points, three rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot.
Junior guard Elijah Oblinger came off the bench to hit a three-pointer and had one assist.
For Clopton, senior guard Jack Hicks had 16 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Junior center Alex Black had 12 points, four rebounds and an assist.
Senior guard Rheed Leake had 11 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Senior guard Luke Robbins had six points, four rebounds and two steals.