Basketball Report: Newman wins in City of Palms, Karr-Catholic in Country Day Classic final, Loranger takes Hannan Hustle title

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Area Prep Basketball Report for Thursday, Dec. 23

Newman is ready to compete with the top teams in Louisiana after facing some of the top teams in the nation at the City of Palms Classic at Fort Myers, Florida.

After losing to Oak Hill Academy (VA) and Gill St. Bernard’s (NJ) the Greenies downed Charlotte (FL) 67-63 at the City of Palms Classic.

Newman led 16-12 after one quarter and maintained a 35-33 edge at halftime. Newman led 49-46 going to the final quarter.

Canin Jefferson led Newman with 28 points, Logan Clauser had 20 points, John Gamble finished with 17 points and Chris Lockett scored 12 points.

Newman (12-4) will next travel to Portland, Oregon to play in the Nike Les Schwab Tournament, taking on Barlow (Oregon) on Dec. 27.

In the Country Day Classic, it will be Catholic High of Baton Rouge taking on Karr for the championship Thursday.

The Bears (9-2) whipped host Country Day 56-39.

The game was never close.

Catholic led 34-18 at the half, though the Cajuns kept fighting.

Stan Levy shot the ball very well and led the Bears with 20 points, Nico Jones had 11 points and five assists and Tate McCurry added 10 points. Connor Trahan scored 18 points with seven rebounds and Jordan Trahan finished with 11 points for Country Day (7-5).

The Cajuns will face St. Thomas More at 6 p.m. in the consolation game Thursday.

Karr handled St. Thomas More 54-38 for their eighth straight win.

Karr (12-2) led from the start, controlling play and had a commanding 31-14 lead at halftime and led 48-22 after three quarters.

Leland Smith led the way with 18 points, Keith Jones finished with nine points and Tristan Brooks scored seven points for Karr. Chad Jones topped St. Thomas More (10-2) with 14 points while Christian Landry finished with nine points.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the third place game will pit Country Day (7-5) against St. Thomas More, followed by the championship game between Karr and Catholic at approximately 7:30.

You can watch both games live at CrescentCitySports.com with coaches Timmy Byrd and Bill Gallagher joining me on the call.

St. Paul’s had the 24-hour rule in effect.

The Wolves lost at De La Salle 54-51 on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, St. Paul’s downed a very talented East St. John squad 68-58 in Covington.

St. Paul’s led 19-14 after one quarter and 35-32 at the half. The Wolves opened up a 51-41 lead going to the final quarter and maintained the edge the rest of the way.

Zach Fenn starred for the Wolves, pumping in 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field and went 5-of-6 from the free throw line while Reece Seicshaydre finished with 16 points. Jabari Boldin led the Wildcats with 21 points while Kylon Harris added 11 points.

In girls action, Loranger won the Archbishop Hannan Hustle, defeating Holden 46-35 in the championship game.

Myan Barthelemy and Aja Bell each scored 12 points to lead the Wolves while Fletcher scored 13 points for the Rockets.

Loranger improved to 9-3 with the win.

Mandeville took third place with a 45-36 win over Salmen.

Saleigh Berry led the Skippers (10-8) with 17 points while Kyli Palisi scored 10 points.

Area Prep Basketball Results from Wednesday, Dec. 22

Boys

Andrew Jackson (FL) 44, McMain 42

Archbishop Rummel 52, Northlake Christian 42

Ben Franklin 76, South Plaquemines 53

Booker T. Washington (NO) 40, St. Louis Catholic 39

Brother Martin 75, Sophie B. Wright 62

Catholic (BR) 56, Country Day 39

Denham Springs 64, St. Helena 42

Jesuit 60, Hahnville 52

John Curtis Christian 62, John F. Kennedy 61

Karr 54, St. Thomas More 38

Landry 90, Ellender 60

McDonogh 35 55, East Iberville 46 (OT)

Newman 64, Charlotte (FL) 61

Pope John Paul II 48, St. Charles Catholic 47

Salmen 83, Helen Cox 55

St. Paul’s 68, East St. John 58

St. James 94, West St. John 25

Varnado 48, Pearl River 42

Girls

Amite 73, Doyle 32

Belle Chasse 52, Glen Oaks 38

Covington 55, Bonnabel 27

De La Salle 46, Archbishop Hannan 38

De La Salle 56, Covington 30

Archbishop Hannan 60, Bonnabel 42

Covington 55, Bonnabel 27

East St. John 62, Destrehan 32

Holden 36, Salmen 22

Loranger 46, Holden 35

Loranger 43, Mandeville 31

Mandeville 45, Salmen 36

Pearl River 54, Varnado 18

St. Joseph’s Academy 39, Fontainebleau 36

West St. John 54, St. James 48

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