LAFAYETTE — St. Martinville pulled within five points early in the fourth quarter before Lafayette Christian’s Kalob LeDoux took over.
LeDoux hit back-to-back big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the Knights up 61-51. He scored 10 of his game-high 31 points in the decisive fourth quarter as LCA beat the Tigers 79-63 on Tuesday night.
“Kalob is capable of doing that,” LCA coach Byron Starks said. “He is our big-money guy, and he hits shots. It’s no surprise to see him give us 10 to 12 points in a two-minute span. He can do that at any moment, and he had a great performance (Tuesday) night.”
St. Martinville coach Darrel Mitchell credited his team with playing a “real good” first half but said allowing LCA to score 26 third-quarter points was the key to their loss.
“(LCA) constantly shot the lights out, and we let it slip away,” Mitchell said. “We were right there, even in the fourth quarter, but we gave away too many shots and (LeDoux) kept shooting the ball well.”
The Tigers were led in scoring by TyQuan Marshall (19 points) and Javontae Walker (27 points). Starks said the Knights’ lack of size will be something they’ll have to combat all season.
“A lot of it is because we did not work,” Starks said. “We know we are going to be undersized on some teams. Ourguards should be able to guard anyone. It’s just a matter of mindset.”
Mitchell said despite the two big performances from Marshall and Walkers, it didn’t feel like either had big nights. He said each player missed too many easy field goals, something they’ll have to clean up soon.
“(Marshall) didn’t particularly play well,” Mitchell said. “He appeared to be intimidated. I don’t know why. He missed a lot of shots he should have made.
“(Walker), in spite of his big game, he missed a lot of little short jumpers. We need to go to him a lot, but he has got to deliver. Those are two big guys that make a difference if we can go to them. Once they start packing in the middle, we have to be able to hit shots on the outside, as well. We know where we need to improve; we just have to go and do it.”
Starks said he was pleased with the rebounding from Greg Williams, who had 12 rebounds to go with his 16 points. Starks said he’d like to see more guys be more active rebounding.
“I told Greg in the second half that we needed some rebounds from somebody,” Starks said. “He got aggressive and got some big boards.
“We need three or four guys who can step up and do that same thing. We’ll look for a better performance in the next game, but I know by the end of the season, we’ll be the team I know we can be.”