DOYLINE – On the first night of play in the annual Doyline Tournament, the nightcap between Minden and Lakeside was the big ticket.
Minden (5-6) was able to shake off a sloppy first six minutes and make an eye-popping 32-11 run to end the final 10 minutes of the first half. The Tide never slowed down, owning the second half and pouring it on a lugubrious bunch of Warriors on their way to a 74-58 win.
For Minden, it has to be the most satisfying victory in coach Rennie Bailey’s brief time in charge, seeing how Lakeside won a 64-62 contest on Minden’s home floor just 10 days ago.
Bailey bailed on his starting lineup with two minutes to play in the first quarter down 15-7.
“I think it got their attention when I took them all out,” Bailey said. “If you aren’t going to do what I ask you to do, I’m going to sit you on the bench.”
The Tide’s bench came through in a big way, going on a 9-0 run to end the quarter and put Minden in front, 16-15.
“To our reserves credit, they came in, worked hard and played together,” Bailey said. “They got the ball to the basket like we talked about before the game, and I think sometimes, for our starters, you can learn a lot just by watching.”
Jalen Gould hit two 3-pointers in the opening quarter to lead Lakeside (6-4), but Minden clamped down defensively to hold the sharp shooter to 4 points the rest of the game. The rest of the Warriors supporting cast was notably absent on offense as Minden got their fastbreak going off a slew of missed shots.
Minden outscored Lakeside 23-11 in the second quarter as the momentum shifted their way for good.
By halftime, the Tide were ahead 39-26 after trailing by eight points just 10 minutes earlier.
“Minden was getting easy baskets on us,” Lakeside head coach Jason Gould said. “The wheels kind of fell off. We just couldn’t get anything going.”
Frustrations boiled over for the Warriors with 1:49 to play in the third quarter, with the Warriors Michael Bradford being whistled for a technical foul.
Jalen Teal put the dagger through Lakeside’s heart with 40 seconds left in the third quarter.
Teal caught the ball on the wing and fired a contested 3-pointer. The Warrior defender barreled into Teal about the time the ball fell through the net, drawing a whistle and a chance at a 4-point play that Teal would convert to put the Tide on top 62-40 heading to the final quarter.
Lakeside will be back in action Monday, against the Ringgold Redskins at Ringgold.
Minden will face tournament host Doyline Friday night at 8 p.m. in what should be another energized parish matchup.
“I told the guys once your feet hit the floor tomorrow morning it’s about the next game,” Bailey said. “There’s nothing easy about this next game. Doyline is the host team and they expect to beat us. It will be tough, but we’ll see where it goes.”
In first round action, North Webster outlasted Mansfield 66-56 in a game that was tight throughout an exciting fourth-quarter.
The Knights advance to play the winner of Friday’s North DeSoto/Red River matchup on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Also advancing with wins were the North Webster Lady Knights (63-21 over Ringgold) and Woodlawn Lady Knights (67-24 over Lakeside).