For the second night in a row, an Acadiana area team couldn’t handle a second half blitz in the Big Dave Classic held at Northside High.
Lafayette fell 54-42 in the second day of the inaugural tournament to St. Stephens of Austin, Texas, who scored 37 points in the second half to overwhelm the Lions.
The Spartans were led by power forward Jarrett Allen, the 21st ranked player in the nation and a consensus five-star recruit for the 2016 class. Allen is being heavily recruited by Kansas, Kentucky, Texas and Houston.
The lanky 6-foot-9 power forward turned it on in the second half, scoring 10 points in third quarter, and finishing with 18 points, 16 rebounds and nine blocks.
St. Stephens coach Lamont King said he was happy with the way his team executed in the second half after a sluggish first half.
King and the Spartans are participating in the Big Dave Classic thanks to King’s relationship with the tournament’s namesake when he was a player.
“First of all, it’s just an honor for me to have the opportunity for us to come to this tournament and play with our guys,” King said. “I’ve known coach Dave since he was the president of Team Louisiana when I was back in high school.
“When (Northside assistant) coach (James) Rix said they were doing this I knew we had to come.”
Due to testing being rescheduled because of a flood and ice storm, St. Stephens is playing short-handed in the tournament, only dressing out six players for the contest.
Allen’s efforts proved to be enough, with the top recruit showcasing a wide variety of skills throughout the game.
The Spartans overcame a hot-shooting start from the Lions in the early portions of the game, as Lafayette started 5-for-7 from behind the arc.
Amhed Onezine was on fire for the Lions in the first quarter, scoring 11 points and nine from the 3-point line.
The Lions guard heavy lineup actually out-rebounded the Spartans for much of the game, with senior Keshawn Young proving to effective battling against Allen on the boards. Young finished with eight rebounds and Onezine finished with 16 points, both of which led the team.
But as the outside shots stopped falling, the Lions only made two threes in the second half, they were forced to take the ball inside where Allen began to impose his will with several highlight-worthy blocks.
The Spartans outscored the Lions 37-15 in the second half after going into halftime trailing 27-17 and only scoring three points in the second quarter.