Spartans crush Central, 77-50

East Ascension’s Keith Fleming goes up for a put back over Central’s Danny Summers, Logan Turner and Dylan Anders in the second quarter of the Spartans’ 77-50 victory in Grady Hornsby Classic Tuesday evening. Fleming finished with 12 points.

DENHAM SPRINGS - East Ascension scored the first 16 points of the game and coasted to a 77-50 victory over Central at the Grady Hornsby Classic Tuesday evening at the DSHS gym.

“We need to play with intensity for the entire game,” East Ascension head coach Kenny Almond said. “When you do bring more intensity, the shots fall a little easier and everything else comes easier. We didn’t shoot real well. We made the extra pass at times and at other times we didn’t.

“You play the game, recognize your errors and try to correct them for the next one. We have played a lot of games. We are going to see if we have gotten better.”

East Ascension (4-1) was lead by Quinn Coco with a game-high 19 points. Tyler Wright came off the bench to add 15 second-half points - all one 3-pointers, while Keith Fleming added 12. Corey Lane added eight and Kerry Weber provided seven, while Gary Weber and Kenny Varnado each had five.

Central (0-4) was without 10 players who are on the football team.

“East Ascension is very good and I knew we would be in a battle,” Central head coach Wes Watts said. “I didn’t think we had enough legs to shorten the game. We just tried to have some fun. I thought we got better as the game went along. I am glad we are winning on the football field.”

Brock Poydras led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Loguin Turner added 11 and Danny Summers provided 10.

Coco’s putback put the Spartans up 6-0 before Ferrell Strode’s lay up off a steal preceded Flemings fadeaway jumper.  Thomas Woodward’s pass out to Poydras for a 3-pointer in the right corner ended the opening with 1:48 after Fleming fed Coco inside and Gary Weber found Fleming. Turner’s dish to Poydras on the left wing for a 3-pointer made it 16-6 going into the second quarter.

East Ascension outscored Central 19-9 in the second quarter. Coco fed Lane inside to open the stanza before a penetrating dish to Varnado for a 3-pointer in the left corner. Poydras’ drive and dish to Dylan Anders inside cut it to 21-10 before Lane fed Coco inside and Kerry Weber’s reverse.

Summers turnaround jumper preceded a 10-0 run by the Spartans featuring Gary Weber and Kerry Weber’s lay ups off steals, Lane’s dish to Coco off an inbounds for a 3-pointer on the right wing and Fleming’s pass to Coco inside. Poydras’ pass to Summers in the left corner for a 3-pointer made it 35-15 at half-time.

Coco’s reverse and dish to Fleming inside made it 41-17 before Summer’s spot up 3-pointer from the right wing. Gary Weber fed Lane inside off a steal before Fleming’s putback and lay up.

Ander’s bucket preceded Strode’s put back and Coco’s dish to Wright for a 3-pointer at the buzzer which made it 57-28 going into the final stanza.

Bobby Madere fed Wright in the left corner for a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter before Gary Weber’s putback and one. Wright’s 3-pointers from the left wing and right corner were sandwiched by Turner’s three inside buckets before Summers fed Poydras inside and Micah Tossas and Turner drove baseline.

Poydras drive and one cut it to 71-43 before Varnado and Madere’s dishes to Wright for two 3-pointers in the left corner. Woodward’s bucket just before the buzzer reflected the final tally.