Minden High holds Loyola to 40 points in non-district win
The Minden High Crimson Tide used a familiar formula to get their sixth win last night, as they beat Loyola, 61-40.
Defense, defense and defense.
"I thought we had our most complete game of the year," head coach Alan Shaw said. "We probably did our best job on the boards so far. Our defense limited them to one shot and we were able to get the ball out to our guards in transition for some easy baskets."
Shaw said he likes to see his team limit opponents to 50 or less points.
"When you hold teams to 50 or less, you have a pretty good chance to win the game," he said. "We did that last year, but we couldn't score. This year we have a better offense and we're able to put up more points."
The Tide jumped out on Loyola, 20-6 in the first quarter and led 38-16 at the half.
"We shot the ball very well early," Shaw said. "We've been fortunate that we've been getting off to some fast starts this year, and we did again last night."
Minden took the third quarter, 15-13, before Loyola took the fourth, 11-8.
C.J. Elkins led the Crimson Tide with 17 points and Leondre Forbes had 10. Kevin Hamilton had eight, Reggie Seamster seven and Anfernee Red had six points. Tra Thornton scored five and Dominique Walker and Elgin Moore each had four.
"I thought Leondre did a great job on their big man inside," Shaw said. "Loyola has a 6' 6" guy inside and Leondre did a good job limiting his touches, he did a real good job defending the post. We also did a good job defending their screen and rolls and making them take tough shots. We also didn't allow a three pointer last night."
The Tide improved to 6-1 on the year and will move on to play Red River Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Doyline Tournament.
"Overall I thought it was a good effort," Shaw said. "It's something we can build on and it's good to get our sixth win."