LAFAYETTE — The St. Thomas More boys basketball team walked away from a tough road environment with a 64-48 victory against Carencro on Friday night.
The Cougars (20-6, 2-0 District 4-4A) pulled away from the Bears (16-7, 1-1) in the fourth quarter in a back-and-forth rematch of their meeting at the Sunkist Classic in December.
Senior Trevor Begue led STM with 23 points and multiple hustle plays on both sides of the court.
“Trevor Begue was unbelievable tonight,” STM coach Danny Broussard said. “He was all over the place. He was tremendous for us all night.”
Neither team built a substantial lead in the first half. The Cougars led 12-11 after the first quarter in which they swapped leads three times and neither squad led by more than three points.
St. Thomas More took its biggest lead of the half when it converted on a layup and subsequent free throw for a 21-15 lead.
The lead was short-lived however, as the Bears score nine unanswered points in the span of less than 90 seconds to take a 24-21 lead.
Carencro senior guard Araden Adams tallied 10 points in the second quarter and fellow guard Deandre Dudley added a 3-pointer in the final minute of the half to give the Bears a 30-25 lead going into halftime.
After being limited to just a single point in the final five minutes of the first half St. Thomas More came out hot in third quarter, scoring seven unanswered points in the first minute to take a 32-30 lead.
After a tightly contested third quarter, the Cougars held onto a 45-41 lead, and they never trailed the remainder of the way.
STM maintained its lead in the final minutes thanks largely to a staunch defense that held the Bears to seven points and prevented them from scoring for almost 31/2 minutes to start the fourth quarter.
“We knew going in that if we had any advantage, it was our depth,” Broussard said. “It really paid off for us tonight.”
ST. THOMAS MORE 52, CARENRO 46: The STM girls basketball team escaped with a win in a tightly contested game that came down to the Lady Cougars execution at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Cougars made six of seven free throws in the final two minutes, giving the Lady Bears minimal chances at completing a comeback.
“Tonight is only Jan. 22, but this game had a playoff atmosphere,” said STM girls coach Stephen Strojny. “(The win) puts us at 4-0 in district, and that’s all that matters. There aren’t going to be many road games this season that will be that hostile.”