BATON?ROUGE - The Ascension Youth Basketball Association was invited to play an exhibition game at halftime of the LSU – McNesse State men’s basketball game Dec. 22. 


Chad Roussel took his Duchtown-based team to face a team from Galvez coached by Darrell Langlois. Both teams put on quite a show and had the fans cheering and clapping as they burned up the court. 


BATON?ROUGE - The Ascension Youth Basketball Association was invited to play an exhibition game at halftime of the LSU – McNesse State men’s basketball game Dec. 22. 

Chad Roussel took his Duchtown-based team to face a team from Galvez coached by Darrell Langlois. Both teams put on quite a show and had the fans cheering and clapping as they burned up the court. 

The 10 and 11-year-old boys made shots from the outside, scored on fast breaks and scored from the inside to demonstate that Ascension Parish kids know the game of basketball. This was a once in a lifetime moment for the kids and they made the best of it. 

LSU announcer Dan Borne was heard referencing some the players as Chris Paul and complimented the players for burning the nets.  Mike the Tiger was on hand high fiving the players. 

LSU officials were very gracious to invite all AYBA players and families to the game and offer discount tickets. They also provided shirts to the players that they kept as souvenirs of the night.
AYBA Commissioner Carl Siener coordinated the night with LSU. Siener played at LSU during some of the “Pistol” Pete Maravich days and has been running AYBA for several years. 

Dutchtown was represented by Trevor Roussel, Cameron White, Blaine Tucker, Tony Smith, Tristun Fife, Sean Pruet, Kyle Paille and Cole Gaudin. Assisting Roussel was Ray White.

Galvez was represented by Kolby Blanchard, Logan Langlois, Koye Ruffin, Zachary Mincy, Tyler Broussard, David Janis, Cody Simmons, Donnie Lacombe, Cameron Young and Ben Joiner. Assisting Langlois was Ricky Mincy and Ronald Forsyth. 

Nearly 1,000 kids play basketball in the AYBA program and it serves the parish well to teach kids values, a work ethic and sportsmanship.  Siener thanks all the volunteer coaches, gym commissioners and volunteer supporters who allow the program to be successful year after year. 

The sign up period for this year’s basketball season is over, but you can find a game being played at most any middle school gym every Saturday throughout January, February and March.