ESJ boys have strong tourney showing

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 17, 2004

By David Folse II

Sports Editor

East St. John senior Ryan Perrilloux is not just an outstanding football player.

He’s not too bad on the basketball either.

One of the top recruits in the country in college football, Perrilloux and his fellow football player teammates made their return to the hardwood this past week, helping East St. John to a 2-1 record in the East Ascension Tournament.

Playing one game, Perrilloux scored 20 points in the opening game, but was absent the remaining two games due to his visit to the University of Texas.

11-3 on the season heading into their game Tuesday night against Fountainbleau, Wildcats head coach Charles Julian said his team’s chances for success greatly increased with the conclusion of football season.

“My team is playing hard,” Julian said. “We got some of the football players back on the team and that will definitely make a significant impact. However, the difference that Ryan Perrilloux makes on the court is tremendous and him not being there as often as we liked may have cost us some games this season.”

East St. John 59 Donaldsville 48: Paced by 16 points from big man Jamal Breaux, the Wildcats defeated Donaldsville handily in the final game of the tourney for both squads.

“Ryan Stipe really stepped up as well,” Julian said. “His senior leadership and hot shooting was a major key in our victory. Jamal’s dominating inside presence also helped us come out on top.”

Terrebone 60 East St. John 54: Turnovers were the story of the game for the Wildcats as 24 miscues ended up costing East St. John the victory against a very aggressive Terrebone squad. Breaux finished the game as the leading scorer for the Wildcats with 17 points.

East St. John 73 Scotlandville 61: Paced by Perrilloux’s 20 points and 18 points from Ricardo Porter, the Wildcats easily beat Scotlandville. Out-rebounding a bigger Scotlandville team, a more physical. East St. John welcomed back several players making their season debut due to prior football commitments.