Hahnville battled valiantly against a tough hosting Ouachita Parish squad Tuesday night, but the 12th seeded Tigers’ season ultimately came to an end against 5th seeded Lions, 68-61.
The Tigers clawed within close range several times in the second half Tuesday, but each time the Lions answered and held the Tigers at bay. Hahnville head basketball coach Yussef Jasmine said he was proud of the way his team fought and said it played well – it simply wasn’t to be in the end.
“We just couldn’t break that barrier. We’d get it down to 4, and they’d come back with a 3,” Jasmine said. “Now it’s 7. Every time we cut it down, they had a response … come down, score, get fouled, answer back. I’m proud of our effort. Obviously, it’s tough to lose in the playoffs … you work so hard and you want to keep going.”
Jasmine said he felt his team’s victory over Hammond on Friday in round one was its most complete game of the year. That game was at the Tigers’ gym, but Hahnville was ready for its road trip as well. Ouachita Parish historically makes for a difficult host, however.
“That’s probably one of the toughest places to play. Ouachita is tremendous at home,” Jasmine said. “We battled to the end.”
Cameron Lumar led the Tigers with 17 points. Cobe Landry added 12.
Lumar leads a group of six seniors that suited up for the final time on Tuesday. Jai Johnson, Dylan Ramage, Romell Hardy, Tyray Bartholomew and Tevon Fields.
This was a special senior class, Jasmine said.
“It was emotional for them in the locker room … it was honestly really tough for me to not be emotional, because this is a special group of guys. They’ve been playing AAU together since they were six, seven years old. They’ve been friends a really long time and it’s been a blessing to watch them grow,” he said.