Four Kittens scored in double digits Tuesday night as Southern Lab pulled away in the second half of a 70-31 win at Redemptorist.
Jordan Booker, Dontrell Carr and Dexter Dennis each scored 13 points while Sheldon Carroll added 11 for Southern Lab (3-2).
Redemptorist (0-4), which got a game-high 17 points from Marquis Webb, trailed by 10 points late in the first half. Lab closed with a 7-0 run to lead 35-18 at the break and was never challenged in the second half.
“We got into an up-and-down game, and we wanted to slow it down a little bit,” first-year Redemptorist coach RoShon Jacobs said.
“We wanted to run our stuff and make them guard us a little more. We’ve got to be more disciplined on our end.”
Jacobs, who won two state titles playing for Woodlawn High in 2002-03, inherited a squad that won only won one game a year ago. Jacobs said he is trying to change a mindset while looking for improved play.
“For us to be successful the kids have to buy into what (assistant coach Chris) Bass and I are doing,” Jacobs said. “Last year was tough. It would be on any 16- or 17-year-old. We’ve got to get over the hump of every mistake snowballing into bigger mistakes.”
Southern Lab, which is operating under first-year coach Devan Clark, finished 13-13 last season and have more robust expectations. The Kittens will pick up more players after the Southern Lab football team finishes its season this week after playing for a state title.
Southern Lab led 20-4 after one, but Redemptorist opened the second quarter with a 9-4 run to get within striking distance. Marquis Webb made four free throws in the run, and then hit a 3-pointer pulling the Wolves to within 26-16.
Redemptorist got as close as 10 points once more before Lab put together a 7-0 finishing kick. Sheldon Carroll was the catalyst with a three-point play, and then a layup in the final seconds.
Lab held a 35-18 lead at halftime.
“For the most part we played well,” Jacobs said. “Southern Lab is just a really, really good team with experienced guys that have played a lot of basketball. They’re buying into coach Clark’s system, and they’re playing that aggressive style of ball that he brought from Lafayette with him.”