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Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Trojans continue to roll

Trojans continue to roll

Gazette Sports Reports

The Central Lafourche boys’ basketball team is absolutely on fire. The Trojans had another perfect week this week – trumping Hahnville, Destrehan and Terrebonne to improve their winning streak to nine – three steps closer to the District 7-5A title.

After losing their first two district games, the Trojans have won-out, including last week when they protected their home court in a pair of hard-fought wins, while also going on the road and beating Hahnville in a makeup game.

“We’re finishing,” Central Lafourche coach Mark Sanders said. “I think that’s the biggest difference for us right now. At the beginning of the season, we felt like there were some games that we let slip away. Right now, in pressure situations, we’re finishing and it’s helping us keep going forward.”

Against Terrebonne, Central Lafourche showed they can win even when not playing their best, scoring a 51-44 win.

The Trojans struggled offensively throughout the game, going four minutes without a basket to start the game, which set the stage for a slow-paced first quarter, which Central led 8-7 at completion.

Central Lafourche exploded to a big lead in the second quarter, but Terrebonne battled back and cut the deficit to four at halftime – a 21-17 Trojans lead.

In the second half, Central Lafourche had plenty opportunities to fight off the Tigers, but Terrebonne kept battling, which made for some tense moments in the fourth quarter.

But in the end, Central Lafourche made just enough plays to win, sinking free throws and getting timely stops to put the Tigers at rest for the night.

David Robinson led the Trojans with 14 points, while Alex Sanders added 10.

Mark Sanders said he was proud of the way his team competed – despite not making as many shots as they’re accustomed to.

“They didn’t stop competing,” Sanders said. “We had some open looks and we didn’t convert, but no one got discouraged about it. We’ve played a lot. Maybe our legs weren’t quite there. But our hearts and our will to compete were just fine and that pushed us through.”

The Trojans played Hahnville on Lundi Gras with no score available at press-time

They end their regular season on Friday at Thibodaux.

The Trojans have a lot to play for in the final games of the season. The team is seeded No. 15 right now in power rankings projections. The top 16 teams earn a home game in postseason.

While the Trojans’ boys’ compete for a home playoff game, the ladies saw their season end this past week.

The Lady Trojans lost 61-37 to Terrebonne, which ended the team’s season with a 16-17 record and a 3-9 mark in district play.