East Ascension’s late hot shooting not enough to pass Destrehan

Buzz Breeden

The East Ascension Spartans lived and died with the three-point shot in Friday’s 61-57 loss to district foe Destrehan.

The 26th-ranked Spartans in this week’s LHSSA power ranking started the game cold only scoring six first quarter points. The second quarter was a completely different story, as East Ascension opened the quarter on a 15-0 run, including three 3-pointers from Tyler Wright, who led the Spartans in scoring. The lead was pushed to 21-15 by Spartans guard Devonte Fisher, who made a nice crossover move and finished it with a 15-foot jump-shot.

East Ascension went into the half leading 25-24.

Destrehan switched up defense in the second half, running a box and one, putting its best defender on Tyler Wright limiting him to only three second-half points. Destrehan dominated the point in the third to come back and take a 45-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

This is where things started to get interesting. The Spartans scored 25 points in the fourth roaring back to close the score to 60-57 Destrehan with 19 seconds left. Every three-pointer seemed to go in for East Ascension, making 11 for the game, however they ran out of time.

The loss drops East Ascension to third in District 6-5A with an overall record of 17-9 and 2-2 in district games. Destrehan moves one game up on the Spartans with a record of 16-9. 3-1 in district play.

Next up for the East Ascension boys: They travel to Dutchtown Tuesday, then Hahnville Friday.