After losing three-straight games at the E.D. White Tournament, the South Lafourche basketball team had two options: get better or keep losing close, hard-fought games.
On Tuesday night, they chose the first option, securing maybe their biggest win of the season.
The Tarpons roared past Chalmette 54-32 on Tuesday night, using timely offense and suffocating defense to control the Owls throughout the win.
South Lafourche is now 6-12 on the season.
Coach Brian Callais said the recipe for the game was simple: the Tarpons carried their gameplan out to the floor.
“You play the way you’ve been practicing and I thought we’ve been having some of our best practices of the season,” Callais said. “We were coming off some tough losses, and we challenged ourselves to get better and tonight, we beat a really good basketball team.”
From the opening seconds, the Tarpons controlled the game.
With baskets by Isaac Callais, Ben Robichaux and Eric Thibodaux, South Lafourche stormed out to an early lead.
But it was the Tarpons’ defense that was the story in Tuesday night’s win.
South Lafourche held Chalmette without a point for the first 6 minutes of the game.
That allowed the Tarpons to roll to a double-digit lead at halftime — an advantage that ballooned north of 20 points in the final reaches of the game.
Callais said South Lafourche’s interior defenders were a huge key in the win. Thibodaux and Dante Torres held their own inside, which forced the Owls to shoot rushed 3-point shots.
“We did an outstanding job in the paint,” Callais said. “Those guys did a great job following the plan and then also attacking the glass and keeping them to just 1 shot.”
Robichaux led the Tarpons with 18 points. Callais and Thibodaux both pitched in 14.
The Tarpons will next play next Tuesday at Belle Chasse.
Callais said it’s a chance for the team to build momentum before district play.
TROJANS SECURE HUGE WIN
What better way to open up district play than to secure a win over the defending State Champions in Class 5A.
Central Lafourche beat Thibodaux 64-61 on Tuesday, rallying from a sizable deficit to secure the district-opening win.
The Trojans trailed 25-15 at the end of the first quarter, then 36-35 at half.
But they rallied in the second half to secure a win in a back-and-forth thriller.
“It’s great for these kids to get a win against Thibodaux,” Central Lafourche coach Mark Sanders told The Daily Comet after the win. “I know they are ranked No. 30, but they are better than that. They’ve got talent. They can play.”
Thibodaux led 59-55 with three minutes left, and appeared poised to secure the win.
But the Trojans fought back.
Alex Sanders made a 3-ball to cut the lead to 1, then Danari Washington secured a layup to put the Trojans in front with 1:49 left.
The final two minutes of the game were a free throw contest with the Trojans making the biggest ones to ice the game.
Jansen Folse made the daggers late to put the Trojans up 64-61 to secure the win. Thibodaux had a chance to tie the game late, but missed a 3-pointer as time expired.
Central Lafourche is now 12-7 on the season.
Posted on Wed, January 8, 2020
by By CASEY GISCLAIR | GAZETTE STAFF