LAFAYETTE — It took four minutes to get the first score of the Lafayette Christian-Grambling game — a Jacob Ledoux 3-pointer.
From there, it was all LCA as they went on a 12-3 run, including three 3-pointers. The Knights shot 40 percent from the 3-point line en route to a 69-51 win at St. Thomas More’s Sunkist Shootout on Friday.
Ledoux took over the game, leading the Knights with 21 points. The first half saw LCA open up a 32-15 lead, highlighted by a monstrous Ledoux throw down that ignited the Knights’ bench.
Grambling had two players in double figures — Tyler Dean with 21 points and Xavier Davis with 19. The rest of the team never found its rhythm, combining for just 11 points.
The Kittens did a good job containing LCA’s Greg Williams, who scored just eight points. Williams did, however, add eight rebounds and three assists.
LCA coach Byron Mouton got his team some experience against Grambling as 12 players saw action and nine scored. The LCA defense held Grambling to just 36 percent from the field and the Kittens committed 23 turnovers.
CARENCRO 53, TIOGA 52: Carencro coach Christopher Kovatch said his team has shot free throws poor all year long, and Friday’s game against Tioga was no different as the Bears struggled for most of the game.
Down by one with the game on the line, however, Carencro’s D’Andre Dudley found himself at the free-throw line with a chance to go ahead. Dudley was clutch, burying both free throws and giving the Bears the win.
“We’ve lost three games in the last minute by one or two points the last two weeks,” Kovatch said. “That was big. Free throws are such a fickle thing with this group. We are either all the way up or somewhere in the shadows with it. It was good for us to win a close game like this.”
Jacob Siner led the the Bears with 17 points and eight rebounds. Kovatch said he thought the game was “sloppy” by both teams and blamed it on a lack preparation opportunity with the holidays.
“Maybe the holidays can do that,” Kovatch said. “I am hoping we can blame that to as to why we didn’t execute at a high level. We didn’t make a lot of plays, but we made enough to win.”
Kovatch said the Bears have a lot of room for improvement as they prepare to take on Brother Martin on Saturday.
“There were many points in this game, from a coaching standpoint where it was very frustrating,” Kovatch said. “The kids weren’t doing what we were supposed to do, but we still found a way to make enough plays to win this game. We’re going to have to be more concise if we want to continue to move on.”