With just a small halftime advantage and a large, rowdy crowd of Thibodaux fans giving life to the home team, the visiting Central Lafourche boys’ basketball team needed a spark on Friday night. In the second half, the Trojans got one – returning to the basics to get the energy and emotion the team needed to earn a hard-fought win.
The Trojans picked up their defensive intensity in the second half and smothered Thibodaux, turning a three-point halftime lead into a dominating second half and 49-35 win over the Tigers.
With the victory, the Trojans improved to 6-2 in District 7-5A play – one of the top teams in Louisiana for Class 5A.
“We know that’s when we’re at our best – when we defend and don’t let the other team have anything easy on the offensive side of the ball,” Trojans coach Mark Sanders said. “I think in the second half, we were quick, we had energy and we were intense. We didn’t let them get comfortable or clean looks at the basket.”
The Trojans defense was unbelievably good in the second half.
But Central Lafourche struggled at times in the first half, battling the Tigers back and forth in a close contest that wowed the large, rowdy Thibodaux crowd.
Thibodaux led 11-9 after the first quarter, and showed flashes that they were prime to avenge an early district loss in Mathews.
But the Trojans used a late-half surge in the second quarter to go on top 25-22 at halftime in a game that was still very much in doubt. Until the third quarter, that is.
The Trojans swarmed the Tigers in the third, limiting Thibodaux to just two points in eight minutes of basketball, which allowed Central Lafourche to grab firm control – a 40-24 advantage after the third.
In the fourth, Thibodaux tried to battle back, but never could get close, thanks to clutch, efficient offense from the Trojans.
Jamiree Williams led the Trojans with 15 points. Nelton Allen pitched in 11.
Sanders said his team can play with anyone in Louisiana when they defend the way they did in the final stages of the game.
“That’s crucial for us,” Sanders said. “I thought our guys did an excellent job. We’re proud of that effort.”
The Trojans traveled on Tuesday night to play Destrehan. No score was available at press-time.
They’ll battle Hahnville at home on Friday night.
Lady Trojans continue slide
Just minutes before the Trojans boys’ got a huge win, the school’s girls’ basketball team fought, but fell short against a playoff-bound foe.
Thibodaux beat the Lady Trojans 55-32, using a second-half surge to secure the win.
Central Lafourche trailed by just three points after the first quarter, and went to halftime down 25-18.
But in the second half, the Lady Trojans couldn’t keep the momentum, falling behind big and never recovering.
Taylor Hodson led Central Lafourche with 11 points.
Tarpons earn big win
South Lafourche couldn’t buy a basket in the first quarter against Vandebilt Catholic. But then Matt Bellanger decided that enough was enough and it was time for his team to get rolling.
Bellanger made countless 3-pointers to spark South Lafourche to a 47-30 victory over the Terriers – the team’s 10th triumph of the season.
The junior sharpshooter’s offensive surge came at the right time, offsetting the fact that the Tarpons were without several key players in the game and which contributed to South Lafourche not scoring for the first six and a half minutes of the game.
“We have to shoot the ball,” Tarpons coach Brian Callais said last week at his weekly radio show. “When we make shots, we can give problems to teams, because our defensive effort and energy is always really good. When we take and make shots, we’re a different team.”
That was widely evident against the Terriers.
The Tarpons were a wreck early in the game, missing 13-straight shots to start the game, yielding an early advantage to the Terriers.
But in the second quarter, Bellanger heated up, sinking several 3-pointers, which pushed the Tarpons into a three-point halftime lead.
In the second half, senior guard Seth Borne picked up where Bellanger left off, scoring 14 points in the final 16 minutes to give his team a huge cushion and an easy win.
With the win, the Tarpons improved to 4-3 in District 7-4A play. They played Ellender on Tuesday night with no score available. They’ll host Assumption on Friday night.
Lady Tarpons roll to playoffs
The South Lafourche girls’ basketball team will be one of the teams to beat in the Class 4A State Playoffs.
The Lady Tarpons crushed Vandebilt 46-20 on Friday night, earning their 26th win of the season, compared to just three defeats.
South Lafourche closed out their regular season on Tuesday night against Ellender with no score available at press-time. Regardless of the outcome, the Lady Tarpons will be one of the top seeds in Class 4A, which will position the team to host several playoff games if they’re able to advance.
“That’s big for us – possibly having that second round game at home,” South Lafourche girls’ basketball coach Rainie Terrebonne said during her weekly radio show. “That’s been the barrier we’ve been trying to get beyond, and we’d love to have that game on our floor this year.”
Against Vandebilt, it didn’t matter where the game would be played – the Lady Tarpons dominated throughout. South Lafourche went ahead early, and coasted late, using swarming defense to limit the Lady Terriers to just 20 points in the game.
Traya Bruce led South Lafourche with 16 points. Sophomore Abigail Bouzigard added 11 in the win.
Posted on Tue, February 7, 2017
by The Lafourche Gazette