Lafayette Christian finishes District 7-1A undefeated _lowres

Advocate file photo by LEE CELANO - Lafayette Christian's Andrew Epps scores against Highland Baptist last month.

LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Christian boys basketball capped off a perfect District 7-1A season Friday night when it defeated Highland Baptist in the same fashion it has other 7-1A opponents all season — with dominance.

The Knights (27-3, 12-0) were firing on all cylinders from the start at LCA in their 98-50 victory, outscoring Highland Baptist 35-11 in the first quarter and extending their lead to 63-19 at halftime.

The victory marked Lafayette Christian’s second consecutive season 12-0 season in District 7-1A.

“It’s another building block for our program,” Lafayette Christian coach Byron Starks said. “Our kids worked hard in preseason and in the regular season to get it done. It’s also good to send our seniors out on a good note.”

Lafayette Christian overwhelmed the Bears (13-15, 4-8) early, as eight Knights scored in the first quarter and 11 recorded points for the game. Four Knights tallied points in the double digits, including senior Andrew Epps, who finished with a game-high 19 points.

Epps and fellow senior Zack Narcisse, who normally contribute off the bench, started in the Knights home game of the regular season and made an impact early scoring the first game’s two buckets.

Narcisse recorded the first bucket under the basket while being fouled, and Epps rebounded the subsequent missed free throw and powered one home to give Lafayette Christian a 4-0 lead in the first minute.

“I tell you what, that’s one of those memories, something they can tell their kids about,” Starks said. “Anytime you get guys that come through your program, whether it’s two, three or four years, and they come in and make a contribution, for them to go out on a good note is always good.

“We still have some unfinished business, and hopefully these guys’ senior season can continue.”

Starks said he and his team are eager to see the 32-team playoff field that will be announced Monday. The Knights will host their first playoff opponent Friday.

Highland Baptist coach Jerel Russo said ending the season with such a big loss is never easy, but that he hopes his team was able to get something out of the lopsided contest.

“There’s not a whole lot to take away except they got some experience playing against a great ballclub,” Russo said. “I’m an admirer of coach Starks. I think he’s a great coach, and I wish them the best of luck this year.”

While the Bears’ season ended on a low note, Russo said he’s proud of the improvements his team made and still hopes to see Highland Baptist on the playoff bracket.

“I was extremely pleased with our season,” Russo said. “We had a six-win season last year coming off of a one-win season the year before, so I’m really proud of these guys this year.

“We still have a mathematical chance to make the playoffs, so we’re excited about that.”