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Tarpons roll over Assumption, keep playoff hopes alive

Tarpons roll over Assumption, keep playoff hopes alive

It took Assumption three quarters and six minutes to take a lead over South Lafourche on Friday night.

It took Tarpons senior Trevor Rebstock all of about 10 seconds to flip the scoreboard back in the favor of his team, giving South Lafourche a win it desperately needed in the continued quest to reach the Class 4A State Playoffs.

The Tarpons led Assumption by as much as 17 in the second half of Friday night’s game, which was played in Napoleonville.

Not wanting to be outdone on Senior Night, the Mustangs battled fiercly back in the fourth quarter, even taking a late two-point lead over the Tarpons late in the game.

But on the very next possession, Rebstock got an and-1, which combined with dominant late-game defense and clutch free throws by Thomas Rousse and Shak Dillon, sealed a 56-52 win.

The Tarpons are now 12-13 on the season and 6-3 in district. The team is currently No. 31 in the power rankings, and 32 teams make the postseason.

That made Friday’s win crucial for the Tarpons, who closed their season on Tuesday against South Terrebonne with no score available at press-time.

“We played well early, and Assumption battled back on their home floor,” South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said. “But I give credit to our kids and to my staff – assistant coaches Damien St. Pierre, Keagan Polkey and

Wayne Charpentier. When they made their run, those guys were keeping our kids calm and keeping them focused. We regrouped and we got the win.”

The first half of Friday’s game was about as well as the Tarpons have played all season.

South Lafourche’s zone defense smothered the Mustangs early, allowing the Tarpons to storm out to a 17-5 lead after the first quarter.

In the second, the Tarpons’ offense sputtered, but the defense never let up. The Mustangs trimmed the lead to four before the Tarpons stormed forward on a 16-4 run to take a 33-17 halftime lead.

Junior guard Seth Borne was key to that surge, scoring several of his 10 points in the quarter. It was Borne’s second game back after breaking his ankle. He also recorded several key charges in the win.

“He gives us that toughness. Seth plays so hard and gives it his all when he’s out there on the floor,” Callais said.

“He’s a big help, and someone we’re very happy to have back on the floor for us.”

In the third quarter, the Tarpons kept the lead mostly stable until a last-minute Assumption run cut the advantage to single digits entering the fourth quarter.

Once there, Assumption fought back with a vengeance, using pressure defense to create chaos for the Tarpons. Assumption took its first lead with 1:35 to play – a 50-48 edge.

But Rebstock’s and-one, and the clutch late defense and foul shooting settled the ship and ensured the win.
Rousse made four-straight at the line and Dillon got a last-second steal and made one out of two to push the game to its final margin.

“In the end, we found a way,” Callais said. “That was a big win for our kids.”
Trojans get key win over Hahnville

Central Lafourche owned the paint on Friday night, which enabled the team to own victory over district rival Hahnville.

The Trojans slowed the home-standing Tigers’ powerful offense down to a crawl, dumping the ball into the post for constant easy buckets in a 75-68 win.

The victory marks a season sweep of Hahnville for a Central Lafourche team, which is now 18-8 and 7-3 in District 7-5A.

Senior Quindon Charles was a sledgehammer in the Trojans’ win, recording 30 points for the victorious team.

“We had to win the paint, because they shoot the ball so good from long range,” Charles said. “I thought we did a good job rebounding and controlling the area of the floor our coaches asked us to.”

It wasn’t easy at all for the Trojans.

Central Lafourche led 17-15 after the opening quarter and then 38-33 at halftime. Out of the lockers, Hahnville’s long-range shooting caught fire, and the Tigers pushed the score to 49-all.

But in the final quarter, the Trojans used away, riding timely defense and solid free throw shooting to the win, which helps the Trojans in their playoff positioning.

The Trojans are No. 19 in the latest LHSAA power rankings – a mark they’d like to improve to try and host an opening-round game.

Coach Mark Sanders said he’s proud of the way his team responded to Hahnville’s third-quarter run.

“We learned a lot from the first time we played them, and we executed it,” Sanders said. “They’re so well coached. Their team was ready for us, and we were ready for them. We’re happy to earn another road win.”