Southern Lab rolls to win over Redemptorist _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Southern Lab's boys basketball coach Devan Clark encourages his team during their game against Redemptorist on Tuesday.

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.”