The Hammond Tornadoes squeezed out a hard-earned District 6-5A win versus a feisty Mandeville squad on Senior Night in the Hammond High Magnet School gym.
The Tors celebrated the legacy of eight seniors – Jarvis Earlycutt, Terrance Selders, Brevion “De-De” Francis, Gage Ridgel, Diante “Hollywood” Taylor, Justice Kelly, Dakari Phelps, and Mikail Smith – and sent them out in style with a 64-59 upset of the higher ranked Skippers.
The Skippers packed the paint in the first half, forcing Hammond to settle for perimeter jumpers.
The Tors were able to knock down a few threes to loosen the Mandeville defense enough to open up driving lanes for a Tors team with a clear height advantage.
The game was close the entire way, but key defensive stops down the stretch helped the Tors create separation.
Junior Guard Khamoni White and Senior Guard Terrance Selders sealed the victory with clutch free throws in the waning seconds.
Selders led the Tors with 18 points, followed by Justice Kelly with 13, and Jarvis Earlycutt chipped in 12 to help secure the Hammond victory.
The Hammond team improved their playoff seeding with their nail-biting 63-60 victory Friday against District 6-5A rival, Ponchatoula, in the regular season finale.