Lions can’t overcome Assembly Christian’s quick start, shooting

Peter Silas Pasqua
Ascension Christian’s Matthew Hadley is fouled by Assembly Christian’s Dakota Billiot in the third quarter of the Lions’ 65-36 loss Friday night.

Assembly Christian hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter to take an 18-10 lead before pushing it into a 65-36 victory over Ascension Christian Friday night at ACH’s gym.

Ascension Christian was  able to cut the deficit to seven twice in the third quarter before Assembly Christian used a 14-0 run that carried over into the final frame to take command.

“Assembly Christian is a upperclassmen, very experienced ball club,” Ascension Christian head coach Will Stone said. “They do a great job and one thing they do very well is shoot the ball. They have beaten some very strong opponents this year. We came against a very strong team tonight and they shot the ball very well.

“The effort, energy and enthusiasm was there but we went against a more experienced ball club and it showed. We had some youthful mistakes and turnovers that they capitalized on and late in the game we got into foul trouble and they made us pay for it. Add all that up and you get tonight’s result.”

Aaron Lanclos led Ascension Christian (2-7) with 10 points, while Matthew Hadley and Blake St.?Pierre each had six and Bodhi Moreland provided five.

Assembly Christian  (10-7) was led by Gunner Robichaux with 17 points. Tyler Sachassin added 14, while Dakota Billiot and Josh Russo each provided 11.

“The 3-pointers helped out early,” Assembly Christian head coach Jerel Russo said. “I was trying things to see what would work and wouldn’t. When it got a little close, we went back to old faithful.”

Robichaux hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter and Sachassin, Russo and Tyler Hall each added one apiece for Assembly Christian.

Davis’ dish to Lanclos inside cut it to 22-12 in the second quarter before Robichaux fed Russo inside off a rebound.

Moreland and Conner Bledsoe’s 3-pointers from opposite wings sandwiched Sachassin’s inside bucket before Hall’s putback and Robichaux’s jumper. Davis’ free throws cut it to 30-21 at halftime.

Billiot and Ashton Allen traded putbacks to open the second half before Moreland fed Lanclos inside. Hadley sandwiched a set of free throws around Sachassin’s to cut it to 36-29 but Russo fed Robichaux in transition.

After Lanclos’ baseline jumper, Assembly Christian started a run to close out the quarter courtesy of Billiot’s jumper and Russo’s 25-foot 3-pointer near the top of the key and went ahead 47-31 on Billiot’s putback.

Robichaux’s 3-pointer from the left wing made it 54-31 after he fed Sachassin inside to open the quarter.

Lanclos’ putback preceded a slew of free throws before Robichaux fed Sachassin inside again. Jonathan Cochran’s free throws reflected the final tally after another Lanclos’ putback and Sachassin’s dish out to Hall.

Ascension Christian is in their first year playing Class 1A basketball after starting their program last season in Class C.

The Lions hosted Gables Academy and Catholic Pointe?Coupee to open the season before traveling to St. Joseph’s, Ascension?Episcopal, Delcambre and Northside Christian.

They travel to Lutheran before hosting Ecole Classique and Doyle before district starts.

Home and away dates await in District 8-1A with West St. John, East Iberville, Christian Life, St. John, Ascension Catholic and White Castle.

“We have the toughest 1A district in the state,”?Stone said. “It will not be a cake walk at all but it is a good measuring stick and we shouldn’t shy away from tha kind of competition no matter how young we are because in order to be the best, you have to beat the best. That is the only way to get better.”

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Ascension Christian’s Bohdi Moreland reaches for a rebound against Assembly Christian’s Tyler Sachassin in the second half of the Lions’ 65-36 loss Friday night.