The Lafayette Christian Academy boys basketball team got off to a good start of its tournament Wednesday as it jumped out to a big lead and never looked back in a 93-50 victory against Abbeville in its first contest of the LCA Showcase Classic at the LCA Sportsplex.
The Knights used a full-court press to force seven turnovers that lead to 15 points in the first quarter, lifting them to a 27-11 lead after the first eight minutes.
“That’s our style of play,” LCA coach Byron Starks said. “We like to make teams play faster than they want to play, get hands on balls and try to get as many transition buckets as we can.”
After a competitive first couple minutes, Greg Williams forced a steal for the game’s first turnover and finished the play with an enthusiastic dunk. This started a stretch when the Knights garnered steals and baskets on three consecutive Abbeville possessions that put LCA ahead 13-6.
The Knights went on another spree of steals late in the first quarter that led to three consecutive 3-pointers and stretched their lead to 24-9.
“It’s always great to see (the fans) come out to support us, and we try to give them our best every night,” Williams said.
“We always try hype it up. We feed off (that energy), so it helps us.”
Williams finished with a double-double tallying 16 points and 12 rebounds in addition to three blocks, three steals and three assists.
Senior Kalob LeDoux posted a game-high 26 points with five assists, while his twin brother Jacob LeDoux finished with nine points.
The Knights also received a boost from their bench, which scored a combined 28 points in contest.
Freshman guard Terrance Jones led the bench players shooting 4-for-6 from the field for nine points.
“Everybody who played gave me energy,” Starks said. “We need everybody, and anybody who contributes is good for us.”
Rayne also performed well Wednesday night, dominating from start to finish in a 55-23 win against Lake Charles College Prep in the tournament opener.
Darian Harmon got things going early for the Wolves, hitting five of his first six shots for 11 of Rayne’s first 13 points of the game. Harmon finished with 16 points.
“It’s always gratifying to know that execution from the beginning set the tone,” Rayne coach Louis Handy said. “When you execute and hit a few baskets, it’s a momentum builder.”
The Wolves had a 17-5 lead by the end of the first quarter and never relented. Rayne’s lead only grew from there.
Handy said he was proud that his team kept its edge from the opening tip to the final buzzer.
“When you start having a large amount of success, complacency starts setting in,” Handy said. “It has its disadvantages. But when things are going really tough and your backs are against the wall, then it means something. It’s a little bit more gratifying to see continuation.”
Braylin Bonnom led the Wolves with a game-high 17 points, just ahead of Darian Harmon who tallied 16.
Abbeville will return to action Thursday night when it takes on Hamilton Christian at 6 p.m., while LCA and Rayne will take Thursday off before the Knights go head-to-head with U-High and Rayne goes against Westgate on Friday.