LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Christian Academy boys basketball team continued its hot streak Friday as it ran past Ascension Episcopal 83-39 in a physical contest on the road.
The Knights (22-3, 9-0) got on a roll early as they recorded the game’s first 11 points, and the Blue Gators never recovered.
“Our guys came out and weathered the storm,” Lafayette Christian coach Byron Starks said. “We didn’t allow the crowd or the officials to get into the ballgame, and we did what we needed to do.”
Both teams played aggressively, and after one quarter, each team had committed six fouls and both coaches had recorded technical fouls.
“(The Knights) are very physical and we wanted to try and take it to them, draw some fouls and maybe get some of their starters in foul trouble,” Ascension Episcopal coach Eric Mouton said.
“They’re so deep that it really doesn’t matter. When you have players from all over the state, it’s hard to get guys in foul trouble and take advantage of that.”
The strategy seemed to work for a short time, as the Blue Gators managed to keep the game within reach after one quarter.
The Blue Gators’ physical play eventually caught up with them, as they had two starters foul out in the third quarter, including their co-leading scorer sophomore Ronald Leblanc, who finished with 11 points.
Mouton said that despite the big loss, he’s proud of the way his team played and wants them to focus on the small victories within the game.
“We held them to under 100 points,” Mouton said. “They try to embarrass teams and beat them 100-44, and foul with 2.5 seconds left and score as many points as they can on teams. So I’m proud of our guys for doing that. We didn’t let them embarrass us too badly tonight.”
Juniors Kalob and Jacob LeDoux once again led the Knights in scoring as they tallied a combined 33 points.
Lafayette Christian also received a boost off the bench from senior Andrew Epps, who tallied eight points in the second quarter with his offensive rebounding.
“That’s really good because we’re going to need a big presence moving forward,” Starks said. “When you have a big that comes in and cleans up second-effort buckets and allows you to get the ball in the paint, it makes a big difference.”
The Knights will take a break from district play Tuesday when they return home and take on Bell City.
Starks said the Knights look forward to playing a contest without the pressure that comes with playing a district opponent, but he also wants to make sure they play with as much intensity as any other game.
“We’re still going to do the same things, just not at the same magnitude,” Starks said. “Bell City has a lot of wins, and we need to get this win, too.”
Ascension Episcopal will also return to action Tuesday when it travels to Morgan City to take on Central Catholic.