LAFAYETTE — Teurlings Catholic survived a barrage of late 3-pointers by visiting St. Martinville to hold on for a key District 5-4A victory Tuesday night.
The win avenges a 52-46 loss Jan. 16 and places the Rebels in good position for the district title.
“That was the longest 30 seconds of my life,” Teurlings Catholic coach Jake Dueitt said. “I have never seen that in high school. If it was any better, I couldn’t stand it.”
Teurlings (22-7, 8-1) used effective outside shooting to take command in the first period as the Rebels started on a 10-2 run.
Senior guard Grant LaGrange opened the game with a 3-pointer, and then Cole Kelley started to heat up. The 6-foot-7 junior forward made a floater on the baseline before hitting back-to-back 3-pointers.
The Rebels held an 18-6 lead at the end of the first.
After settling for fade-away jump shots in the first, the Tigers got things going offensively once Javante Walker got involved.
With 2:36 left in the second quarter, his one-handed dunk seemed to energize his team. Bradley Savoy then drained a 3-pointer, and Walker followed that up with a jumper.
After another two-point bucket, Savoy hit another 3-pointer that cut the lead down to two points. Teurlings Catholic led 30-27 at halftime.
The third quarter was back-and-forth affair with St. Martinville (20-8, 7-2) tying the game at the 5:11 mark. The Tigers claimed their first lead with 2:14 left when Rebels forward Ike Hidalgo was called for a technical while battling for a loose ball. Drapper Anthony made both free throws, and the Tigers led 45-43 heading to the fourth.
The fourth period is when Kelley shined the brightest. Whether it was a corner 3-pointer or draining multiple free throws, the Rebels star stepped up. Kelley led all scorers with 31 points, including 5 3-pointers.
“He came in at the end of the third and said he wanted the ball,” Dueitt said. “He’s got the confidence that it will go in. You have to let him shoot it.”
“This is his house,” St. Martinville coach Darrell Mitchell Sr. said. “He is a very good shooter. In our last game, they moved him to the inside. He was effective but not as effective as he is on the outside.”
Teurlings seemed tin control with a 67-63 lead with 8.7 seconds left.
Anthony though responded with his third straight 3-pointer in the final 30 seconds. Then on the ensuing inbounds pass, Hidalgo was called for a five-second violation that gave the ball back to St. Martinville.
With 1.5 seconds left, Andre Doucet received the inbounds pass but he slightly rushed his shot and it bounced off the rim.
Savoy led the Tigers with 22 points, and Drapper added 21. LaGrange meanwhile was the only other Rebel in double figures as he chipped in 13.
With three games remaining on the regular-season schedule, both teams know that nothing has been written in stone, including winning the district title.
“Anything can happen in this district,” Mitchell said. “We have to take care of us no matter what.”
Added Dueitt, “It’s not going to be easy on Friday.”