Ascension Christian’s flurry to open second- half holds off LSD

Peter Silas Pasqua
Ascension Christian’s Aaron Lanclos battles Louisiana School for the Deaf’s Michael Williams for a rebound in the second quarter of the Lions 53-42 victory Monday night.

Ascension Christian opened the second half on a 16-4 run and held off Louisiana School for the Deaf to pull away with a 53-42 District 9-C victory Monday night at AC’s gym.

“It became a mind game,” Ascension Christian head coach Will Stone said. “Were we going to allow it to happen or were we going to fight for it?

“We made some very youthful mistakes that allowed LSD back in the game. We forced shots on offense instead of letting it develop and then we didn’t crash the glass. They were able to hold us to one shot and we cannot allow that to happen.”

Ascension Christian will finish in third place in district with one game remaining and must wait for a possible wild card berth in their first year of existence.

“Whether we do or not, the guys have worked very hard and learned a lot this year,” Stone said. “We have made some strides. They have been very resilient and very patient.”

Bodhi Moreland led the Lions with 19 points including five 3-pointers. Aaron Lanclos added 12, while Matthew Hadley provided 10 and Troy Davis had eight.

LSD was led by Darryl Carr with a game-high 24. Michael Williams added 14.

“(Carr) is such a wide body and he is so strong,” LSD head coach Gilbert Culpepper said. “We just try to get him the ball anywhere in the paint and let him go to work. He is kind of hard to stop and he is only going to get better.

“Tonight, we played without our starting guards so we didn’t have anybody that could control the ball. It hurt us a lot. There were times when our guys were really tired and needed a break and we didn’t have anybody we could substitute.”

Hadley and Moreland each hit two free throws before half-time to cut it to 22-20 during an 11-0 run.

Moreland and Lanclos’ lay ups off steals opened the second half. Williams’ drive ended LSD’s drought after Lanclos’ putback and Moreland’s 3-pointer from the right wing. Davis’ up and under off a steal preceded Carr’s coast to coast lay up in transition. Carr’s buzzer beater cut it to 38-29 going into the final stanza after another 3-pointer from Moreland, Davis’ lay up off a steal and Joshua Nelson’s put back.

Nelson’s free throws and Moreland’s dish to Hadley inside sandwiched Quinton Ross’ shot  from inside the lane to open the fourth quarter. LSD cut it to 42-41 with 4:39 left to play on Carr’s free throws after his lane drive and one and putback sandwiched Williams’.

“(Carr) is a monster in the paint but it was one man trying to beat a team and he had to come through all nine of us,” Stone said. “That is the approach we took. We were determined not to let that happen.”

Hadley’s drive preceded Moreland’s 3-pointer from the left corner as LSD would only score one more point the rest of the way. Lanclos scored the next six points off a steal, putback and dish from Hadley inside.

Ascension Christian’s Bodhi Moreland gathers a rebound over LSD’s Eric Scott Monday.