ARNAUDVILLE — With 1:23 left in the second quarter, Beau Chene had cut Carencro’s lead down to a mere four points and had energized the home crowd.
After the ensuing timeout, the Gators came out and slapped the floor but the visiting Golden Bears quickly answered as Dandre Dudley made a 3-pointer that silenced the crowd.
Finding a way to fend off a persistent effort by Beau Chene is exactly what Carencro did several times during Tuesday’s District 4-4A game as the Bears picked up the 64-54 victory.
“We knew we wanted to play a lot of kids, and I think we played 12, but we preached in practice about being more composed in the moment,” Carencro coach Christopher Kovatch said. “We have been working hard at that in practice, and it paid off tonight. It was a good 32 minutes of basketball.”
Carencro (19-7, 3-2) got off to a quick lead but Beau Chene rallied, often routinely, keeping the Bears’ lead under double digits.
Deontre Eaglin stole a pass and took it to the bucket to trim the lead down to 11-8 with 3:21 left in the opening quarter.
Eaglin led the Gators with a game-high 20 points.
A few moments later, Beau Chene (8-14, 1-4) made it a two-point game after Lawrence Richard’s bank shot.
Carencro responded as Braylon Chaisson made a long jumper, followed by a layup by Jalen Angelle and then a fast break layup by Nicholas Carmouche.
In the second quarter, Carencro extended its lead to seven points but Beau Chene kept hanging around. The Bears, though, never allow their lead to be truly threatened as they maintained a seven to eight-point lead before pulling away in the final minute for a 10-point victory.
“They played a lot of different defenses against us,” Kovatch said. “The kids did a good job of just playing ball in the second half.”
Carencro will host Opelousas Friday night while Beau Chene will welcome St. Thomas More.