Lafayette Christian Academy rode its proven scoring duo of Jacob and Kalob LeDoux to a 78-34 win against short-handed Ascension Episcopal.
The LeDoux brothers combined to score 35 points on the way to victory. Kalob LeDoux chipped in a team-leading nine rebounds, while Jacob led the team with three assists.
“We’ve come a long way as a team this season,” said Lafayette Christian coach Byron Starks. “Credit to (AES) they did a decent job of limiting our possessions, and they handled the pressure decently enough.”
The Knights (14-3, 3-0) jumped on the Blue Gators (9-8, 0-2) from the opening tip, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and never relinquishing the lead. The Blue Gators didn’t score more than 10 points in a quarter.
Ascension Episcopal coach Eric Mouton said the Knights forced turnovers, and that led to easy points in transition and helped them extend their lead.
Ascension Episcopal struggled from the field in the second quarter, failing to break the Knights long-armed defense. The Blue Gators only scored four points in the second quarter, when the Knights blew the game open.
Mouton said the Knights feasted on turnovers, taking advantage in transition.
“If you turn the ball over against these guys, they are going to make you pay,” Mouton said. “They’ve got five weapons on the court and five weapons on the bench.”
As the Knights’ lead grew, Mouton became irate on the sidelines. His frustration culminated with Lafayette Christian fouling a Blue Gators ball handler with 2.5 seconds left on the clock.
“It’s tough when a team is up 50 or 60 points and continues to foul down the court,” Mouton said. “I don’t understand that type of basketball, I was always taught when you have a lead like that to back up and hold the basketball and let the clock run.”
“But with 2.5 seconds left they are going to foul? That is disrespecting the game to me.”
Starks said despite the large margin of victory he wanted his team to remember the lessons they learned in preseason and continue to stay humble.
“First off, I want my team to have humility, you have to execute no matter how much you’re leading by, but those are things we’ll have to work on,” Starks said.
The Blue Gators were short-handed because of injuries and had to rely on a young starting lineup to try to keep pace with a talented Knights team.
Only one senior, Brennan Ducote, started for the Blue Gators, and Ducote scored 18 points.
Sophomore Ronald Leblanc provided the only inside presence for the Blue Gators, pulling down 11 rebounds.
“We were a little short-handed, but that’s no excuse we have to come out here and compete every night,” Mouton said.
Lafayette Christian will look to build on its win Friday when it takes on North Vermillion, while Ascension Episcopal will try to bounce back when it takes on Central Catholic.