BA Cougars crush Prairie View

Published 8:48 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2011

COLUMBIA – Senior center Sidney Chaffin and his BrookhavenAcademy teammates didn’t look like they had a 10-day layoff, atleast not to the Prairie View (La.) Academy Spartans. Chaffinaccounted for 32 points and 19 rebounds Tuesday night, directingthe Cougars to an 87-33 triumph in the second round of the MAISSouth State AA Tournament.

The Cougars (14-9) draw a rematch with No. 2-ranked Central Private(27-2) of Baker, La., Thursday night at 7:45 in the quarterfinals.Central Private beat the Cougars 73-53 in the finals of BA’sHoliday Classic in late December.

In Thursday’s other boys game, River Oaks faces Central Hinds at5:15. Two quarterfinals boys games are on tap today as BowlingGreen plays Silliman at 5:15 and Columbia Academy meets CenlaChristian at 7:45.

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In the other Tuesday boys game, Central Hinds edged ACCS52-46.

The No. 1-seeded Brookhaven Academy Lady Cougars (22-3) tackleCentral Private’s girls Thursday at 6:30. In the otherquarterfinals girls game, Central Hinds plays Prairie View at 4p.m. In today’s two quarterfinals girls games, Bowling Green facesACCS at 4 p.m. and Columbia Academy tests Silliman Institute at6:30.

In Tuesday’s girls bracket games, Central Hinds eliminatedCentreville 42-37 and Central Private beat River Oaks 44-30.

The Cougars, coached by Dale Watts endured a long layoff whenwinter weather caused the District 4-AA Tournament at Bowling Greenin Franklinton, La., to be canceled. Teams were placed in the SouthState AA tourney based on their district seeding.

Chaffin led three teammates in double digits as Brock Smith tossedin 20 points and Gage Posey 17. On the backboards, Posey grabbed 11rebounds and Posey had 8.

Jeff Rushing dished out 5 assists and made 4 steals as the Cougarsroared to a 40-22 halftime lead. Matthew Evans and Posey each made4 assists.

“We were rested but we started out slow,” said Coach Watts. “Now weare jumping from the frying pan into the fire. We look forward toplaying the No. 1 team in the state.”

Prairie View (17-16) got 15 points from guard Curtis Blakely.Brendon Cubbs added 10 points.