CROWLEY — Everman keeps marching in District 8-4A.
Everman outlasted rival Crowley 64-52 on Friday night to stay undefeated in district play.
After guard K.J. Malveau made a contested layup in transition to put Everman up 20-7 early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs (19-3, 9-0) were off to the races and on a 15-2 run.
Malveau led all scorers with 26 points on 6-of-9 3-point shooting. He hit all five of his first-half 3-point attempts.
“K.J. hit some big shots there early, and we were able to hang on,” Everman coach Jay Mathieson said. “But every time we put a few baskets together, Crowley answered and got momentum back. I wouldn’t want to have had to play another quarter.”
And that is just what happened to end the first half.
Back-to-back three-point plays from Deneaz Moses and Tray Williams midway through the second quarter got the Eagles (11-11, 5-4) back to within 23-17. Williams had two more buckets in the final minute of the half to make the score 28-21 Everman at halftime.
Williams and Wyatt Beene led Crowley with 11 points apiece, and Moses added nine in the loss.
The Eagles cut the lead to five three times in the second half, but were never able to sustain the momentum long enough to take a lead.
Everman secured the wire-to-wire victory by answering Crowley’s runs and getting stops at key moments in the second half.
Bulldogs post player Justin Hooks cleaned up the offensive backboards on several possessions and did Everman’s dirty work inside for 13 points in the win.
“He’s active and athletic inside,” Mathieson said of Hooks. “Some of those baskets inside were really big for us down the stretch.”
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