Ellender plays too fast for East Jefferson in Sugar Bowl semi-finals – Crescent City Sports

WESTWEGO – The Elender Patriots entered the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic with a focus on survival and advancement tasks.

That’s exactly what the Patriots did on Friday night with a stifling defense and passing the East Jefferson Warriors for a convincing 72-55 victory.

Ellender (9-6) got off to a slow start as he tried to face Jeffaire Landry of East Jefferson, who led the Warriors with 14 points. The Warriors would manage to keep the ball game tight in the first quarter.

“We knew we had contained their big man,” said Elender head coach Cornell Scott. “East Jeff is a lot bigger than us in court so I knew our guards had to defend the passing lane. “

Ellender started to generate turnovers and run chances, forcing eight in the second quarter to take a 37-27 advantage in the half.

Patriots senior guard Ryan Williams, Jr. led all scorers with 17 runs, including 3 of 4 shots behind the 3-point line.

Elender’s quick guard play nullified East Jefferson’s biggest forward zone and got their big men in trouble.

“We were stopped in defense and it gave us a really good shot,” said Scott. “When our goalies defend the basketball and shoot the ball well, we are difficult to defend.”

Ellender will face McGill-Toolen of Alabama in the Boys State Championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday. All four of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic finals will be broadcast live at Crescent City Sports.

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