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Trojans enjoy huge week

Trojans enjoy huge week

The Central Lafourche boys’ basketball team faced a must-win game this past week against East St. John. With a win, the Trojans’ hopes at winning the District 7-5A Championship would remain alive. With a loss, Central knew they’d need a near-miracle to have any chance to bring home the title.

Mission accomplished! The Trojans’ hopes tick on, and the team’s pulse is as strong as it’s ever been. The Trojans topped the Wildcats 65-61, avenging Central Lafourche’s 67-48 loss to East St. John on Jan. 9.

The Trojans carried that momentum into Friday night as well, topping cross-parish rival South Lafourche in a close, 66-63, hard-fought game between the heated foes.

“We were coming off a loss against H.L. Bourgeois, and we needed a big week, and we got it,” Trojans coach Mark Sanders said. “We played a very good game against a very good East St. John team, and we kept ourselves in position to make a charge to the playoffs.”

For the second-straight time, the Trojans fell behind East St. John early. The Wildcats led Central by 10 in the second quarter, but the Trojans used a spurt to take control of the game – utilizing a high-pressure defense and transition offense to spark the surge.

With the game close throughout the second quarter, the Trojans took control in the third, taking a 51-43 lead into the fourth quarter – an advantage that swelled to double digits midway through the fourth quarter.

Not wanting to go down without a fight, the Wildcats led a furious late rally, cutting the lead to a single possession several times in the quarter.

But the Trojans iced the win in the final seconds, using solid free throw shooting to get the win. Lionel Batiste scored 22 points in the win. Anfernee Poindexter pitched in 17.

On Friday against South Lafourche, the Trojans squandered a 15-point fourth quarter lead and were in a dog fight to the last seconds with a gritty Tarpons’ team led by Trevor Rebstock (22 points) and Kobe Chouest (11 points).

But for the second-straight game, the Trojans made plays down the stretch to ice the win. Quade Williams had 17 points for the Trojans in the win, which improved Central Lafourche to 20-5 and 8-2 in district play.

The Trojans will have to do a lot of work this week to roll to 10-2. Central traveled to play Destrehan on Tuesday with no score at press-time. They host Terrebonne on Friday night.

While Central Lafourche’s boys got the big wins they were looking for, the Lady Trojans had a tough week.

Central fell 57-14 to East St. John last Tuesday and 73-16 to the Lady Tarpons on Friday.

They’ll close their season on Friday night at home against Terrebonne.