The District 5-4A race is headed down the stretch with Breaux Bridge leading the pack.
St. Martinville would like to make it a photo finish and can take a step in that direction with a victory when the home standing Tigers (19-9, 3-1) entertain Breaux Bridge (18-7, 4-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday
“I guess it was meant to be as it’s going to be on Friday,” St. Martinville coach Darrel Mitchell Sr. said. “It’s a big showdown, parish rival and everything. They went undefeated in the first round. We want to see if we can go undefeated in the second round.”
Fueling St. Martinville’s fire was the outcome of the archrivals’ matchup Jan. 19.
Breaux Bridge erased a 10-point, third-quarter deficit and then had to hold off a surge from St. Martinville midway through the fourth quarter for a 64-59 victory.
“Kids will be kids and got away from the game plan,” Mitchell said. “When they continue to do such things, we don’t win against good teams. They took advantage of our miscues and won the game.”
Tyler Wiltz came off the bench to score 10 of his 12 points to spark Breaux Bridge during its crucial third-quarter rally.
St. Martinville, which played without 6-foot-7 center Javante’ Walker, was led by Tyquan Marshall’s 14 points and Jayvion Mitchell’s 11 points.
St. Martinville defeated Breaux Bridge 63-58 Dec. 29 during St. Martinville’s Holiday Shootout.
“They’re looking forward to it because they knew we let it get away,” Mitchell said. “We weren’t at full strength and now we will. We’re hoping that makes a difference.”
ACADIANA AT COMEAUX: It will be a role reversal of sorts when Acadiana (13-9, 6-1) visits Comeaux (18-9, 5-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in District 3-5A play.
Three weeks ago when the two teams met it was the Spartans who were regarded as the favorite to win the league, but lost 54-48 at Acadiana and have subsequently gone 3-3 in their past six games.
“We’re trying to salvage what’s left of the season,” Comeaux coach Jeremy Whittington said. “They’re still competing. It’s been tough for the boys. They want to win and haven’t played exactly how they’ve wanted to.”
Whittington’s hopeful that Tuesday’s 58-29 win over Lafayette High provides a spark for his team. Guard Ferontay Banks scored 24 points in Tuesday’s game, while former reserve sophomore Braxton Stevens earned a second straight start with a solid defensive effort and eight points.
While New Iberia (17-9, 7-1) takes its half-game lead over Acadiana on the road to Sulphur, the Rams plan to have their focus on Comeaux.
Acadiana has won three straight since a 54-47 loss to New Iberia and seven of its past eight, including Tuesday’s 76-29 victory over Sam Houston.
Guard Myles Hutchinson leads the team with a 15-point scoring average.
“We’re going to take it one game at a time,” Acadiana coach Nic Jeffers said. “The only game we’re concerned with right now is Comeaux. We’ve got a tough stretch ahead of us and we can’t afford to look into the future.”