Catholic-New Iberia started the game with a 15-2 run and didn’t look back, cruising to a 58-37 win over District 5-2A rival Delcambre on Tuesday night.
“Delcambre is a big district rival of ours. They always play us tough,” Catholic-New Iberia coach Josh Guilbeau said. “I was definitely happy with the outcome tonight.”
Catholic-NI improved to 3-0 in district play, remaining atop the District 5-2A standings.
Catholic-NI dominated the first quarter defensively, challenging nearly every Delcambre shot and finishing possessions with defensive rebounds.
“Rebounding was an issue that we’ve had in a couple games recently,” Guilbeau said. “We worked on rebounding a lot in practice, and I challenged the guys to come out and really focus on that. We did that pretty well this evening.”
After being held to four points in the first quarter, Delcambre started the second quarter on a high note with a steal and score from senior guard Brayton Trahan.
Trahan later hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 20-9.
On the next possession, Catholic-NI guard Ja’shawn Noel responded with a three-point play on a drive to the basket, increasing the lead back to 14.
With 3:30 left second quarter, Trahan hit two more 3-pointers from the corner on back-to-back possessions, pulling the Panthers within nine.
That was as close as Delcambre got.
With one minute left in the half, Delcambre coach Jason Amedee received a technical foul for disputing an illegal screen call. This appeared to give the momentum back to Catholic-NI, which went to the locker room with a 33-16 advantage.
In the second half, the Catholic-NI press created problems for Delcambre. During the first four minutes of the third quarter, the Panthers forced five turnovers, increasing the lead to 45-20.
“We are a team that doesn’t have a lot of size, but we have a lot of quickness,” Guilbeau said. “We don’t have a lot of depth, so I try to use the press strategically. We thought we’d go to it in the second half to put a little more pressure on Delcambre. It ended up working pretty well.”
The defensive pressure took a great amount of energy away from Delcambre. Catholic-NI maintained a comfortable 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, as Delcambre gradually went cold from the field.
Catholic-NI (10-3) will host Erath on Friday.
“Erath is another team that plays us really well,” Guilbeau said. “They have been playing well as of late. It will be a tough game for us.”