LAFAYETTE — Carencro stayed within striking distance against the Lafayette Christian boys basketball team before the decisive fourth quarter.
In the final period, Greg Williams scored seven of his 18 points, including six free throws to seal the game. Jacob LeDoux scored 18 points, and Kalob LeDoux added a game-high 29 points as LCA pulled away with a 87-71 win at the Sunkist Shootout on Monday at.
“We all played more as a team,” Kalob LeDoux said. “I felt like at the beginning we weren’t and coach talked to us in the locker room and we came out and played as a team. If we play as a team, we are unstoppable.”
Carencro coach Chris Kovatch agreed, saying he may have stuck with what was working in the first half a little too long. Carencro was was only down 44-38 at halftime, but couldn’t keep it close at the end.
“We got way too passive,” Kovatch said. “They have one of the best teams around. It’s going to be tough not to have to make adjustments against a team as good as them.”
Carencro’s Araden Adams did everything he could to keep the Bears in the game. He matched Kalob LeDoux’s 29 points and he hit five 3-pointers.
“He played extremely well,” Kovatch said of Adams. “He is a heck of a player for us. He did everything in his power to have us there and win. Hopefully he gets a chance to play at the next level.”
Kalob LeDoux said Williams is a key component to the Knights’ success. Williams finished with five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
“Greg is a big piece to this team,” LeDoux said. “He does everything. He does most things that most people don’t even think are important. He steps up in all the areas we need him to.”
For Carencro, it was a solid showing in the Sunkist Shootout, Kovatch said. He admitted a loss in the semifinals was not the outcome he was hoping for, but he said he knows his team will improve from the experience of the tournament.
“We talked about realistic expectations with how talented this tournament is,” Kovatch said. “We got two quality wins, and we’ll get better from this loss.”
LCA now has a matchup with North Caddo 6-foot-8 Robert Williams, the Texas A&M commitment, who has dominated the Sunkist tournament.
Kalob LeDoux said LCA will put his brother Jacob on Williams defensively and turn to a lot of the things they did well against Carencro on Monday to be successful.
“We can let Jacob lock him up, and he can bump him and take it from there,” Kalob LeDoux said. “I don’t even think we have peaked yet. We haven’t been playing terrible, but we haven’t played our best yet. That is still to come.”