The West Monroe boys basketball team battled until the end but couldn’t put out the fire started by the Rayville offense in a 64-54 win for the Hornets in the 2017 Sidney Smith Invitational championship game.
Rayville jumped out to a double-digit lead minutes into the game and the Rebels (10-5) could get no closer than seven points the rest of the way and the lead ballooned to as much as 16 on the night.
The Hornets made 7-of-8 from the field to begin the game and made big plays to answer any run the Rebels could muster.
“We had some plays we had a letdown,” West Monroe coach Kyle Hill said. “We had plays we didn’t finish and get the defensive rebound. They scored some second chance points. If we limit those, we give ourselves more of a chance, but you have to play perfect to beat (Rayville) and we didn’t play perfect.”
Rashad Naylor led three players in double figures for Rayville. Naylor finished with 19 points, Mylik Wilson added 12 points and JaMichael Wilson chipped in 10 points for the Hornets.
Langston Powell scored 15 points while his twin brother Landon Powell chipped in 12 points to pace West Monroe.
The Rebels and Hornets collide again next Wednesday, January 3 when they open the Don Redden Classic at Ouachita High School at 4:30 p.m. in Monroe.
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