After strong performances in both the John "Hot Rod" Williams Gold Dome Classic and Spartan Classic tournaments, the Gatos competed in a tournament at Walker last week.

After strong performances in both the John "Hot Rod" Williams Gold Dome Classic and Spartan Classic tournaments, the Gatos competed in a tournament at Walker last week.

Once again, they performed well. After dropping the first game, they earned two straight victories to finish the three-day event at 2-1.

St. Amant came into the tournament riding a three-game winning streak.

They bounced back from an opening game loss to White Castle in the Spartan Classic to notch victories over both Lutcher and Port Allen.

The Gators then followed that up with a 74-52 road win over Mandeville the next week.

Despite the momentum, St. Amant got off to a horrid start against Walker.

They quickly fell into a 12-0 hole in the first quarter. Ten of those points came from Jacobi Scott.

The Gators finally snapped out of it and fought back in the second quarter. They went on a 15-9 run to end the half, but they still trailed, 34-29, at the break.

In the third quarter, Walker remained in charge. They went back up by double-digits, but the Gators refused to go away.

After scoring just 2 points to start the quarter, St. Amant came through with a quick 9-point flurry to end the period. It trimmed the deficit down to 50-46.

The Gators continued their surge to start the fourth quarter as point guard K.J. Franklin converted a bucket to give them their first lead of the game at 56-55.

However, Walker responded with 4 straight points from Darius Hampton to regain the lead. They were then able to hold on to the advantage and win by a 67-64 margin.

The Wildcats had four different players score in double-figures.

Scott led the bunch with 19, Jalen Cook scored 16, Hampton collected 13 and Dalton More finished with 11.

As for St. Amant, they were led by Franklin as he amassed a game-high 26 points. Senior forward Kameron Kelson chipped in with 12.

The Gators didn’t let the loss keep them down for long.

The next day, they faced Covington and fought their way to a 77-74 victory.

On Thursday, St. Amant finished the tournament with another big win. This one came against Ponchatoula, 67-62.

The Gators got it going early on as they jumped out to a 9-point halftime lead, but they couldn't stay on top.

Ponchatoula made a big run in the second half. It allowed them to take a 4-point advantage in the fourth quarter with just over three minutes remaining in the game.

Again, Franklin stepped up for St. Amant.

He drilled a 3-pointer to get the Gators within 1, and he then followed it up with two free throws to regain the lead for his team.

Down 65-62 with 30 seconds remaining, the Green Wave had one last chance to tie the game, but Kelson forced a turnover that allowed the Gators to hit more free throws and salt away the win.

In the victory, Franklin led all St. Amant scorers with 25, while Jahnoi Daley piled up 14.

With the 2-1 performance in the tournament, the Gators improved to 12-4 overall. It was their fifth victory in their last six games.