The Ascension Catholic boy's basketball team has won playoff games in back-to-back seasons, but they're looking for more in 2018-19.

The Ascension Catholic boy's basketball team has won playoff games in back-to-back seasons, but they're looking for more in 2018-19.

With four starters returning from last year and with some much-needed size down low, head coach Kylon Green thinks this has the potential to be the Bulldogs' best team since he took over three years ago.

Last year, Ascension Catholic suffered through a tough regular season in which they finished with just an 8-20 record.

Much of their struggles came from playing an extremely tough non-district schedule that included 14 games against upper-classification teams. Some of those games included the likes of Port Allen, Brother Martin, Live Oak and West Feliciana.

The gauntlet got them ready for the playoffs. There, they beat False River in the opening round for a second straight season.

However, their playoff journey ended quickly as they were blown out by top seed and eventual Division-IV state champion Lafayette Christian in the second round.

For the last few years, Ascension Catholic has lacked size. It forced them to be a guard-dominated team that had to try to beat their opponents with their quickness and outside shooting.

Again this season, they will bring back some talented guards.

Jamil Truxillo returns for his senior year at shooting guard. Truxillo has been one of the team's most consistent outside shooters over the last couple of seasons.

The Bulldogs also return starting guards Demontray Harry and Jamar Barber.

"I think the strength of our team will be our guard play and our ability to shoot the ball from outside. We will also combine that with some added front-court depth this season," Green said.

No longer will the Bulldogs have distinct size disadvantages down low. This year, they will feature two big and powerful players in the paint.

Senior Dillion Davis returns at forward. The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder will be joined down low by J'mond Tapp, a talented 6-foot-3, 225-pound freshman.

Green said that he expects Tapp to have a breakout season in his first year playing for the Bulldogs.

Another freshman Green has his eye on is guard Demarco Harry. Like Tapp, he thinks Harry can turn a few heads this season. He had a very good year as an eighth-grader in 2017-18.

Unlike the past two years, Ascension Catholic will not have to face much turnaround in 2018-19. They only lost one starter from last year. That was Kevin "Bubba" Gautreau, Sr.

Coach Green is ready to get on the court and see what this year's team can do.

"This season, we will have a good mix between youth and experience," Green said. "I believe we have a chance to do some good things this year, being led by Jamil Truxillo and Demontray Harry. I'm excited to see how our older kids will become leaders, and I'm also excited to see how our younger kids will mature as the season moves along."

This year's schedule won't be as brutal. Instead of facing 14 upper-classification teams, they will only play seven this season.

The Bulldogs will officially began the year on Dec. 10, when they host Central Catholic.