Multiple Ascension basketball stars make first-team all-district

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
East Ascension's Jacardo Hawkins was named District 5-5A MVP for the second straight year. Photo by Dewey Keller.

It was a big year for the three Gonzales area boy's basketball teams in District 5-5A with two of the three making it to the state quarterfinals. It's no surprise that many of those players were named to the district's first team.

For the third straight year, East Ascension clinched a share of the district title. The Spartans went 22-9 during the regular season en route to becoming co-champions along with McKinley.

They entered the playoffs as a No. 10 seed. After escaping their first-round matchup against Central with a buzzer-beater by Jacardo Hawkins, they rolled past East St. John in regionals.

The Spartans reach the state quarterfinals before losing 56-50 to eventual state champion Natchitoches Central.

Hawkins, Deandre Jones and Johnell Lane all made first-team all-district for East Ascension.

Along with being named to the first team, Hawkins was crowned District 5-5A MVP for the second straight year.

Hall of Fame head coach Kenny Almond was rewarded for one of his best coaching jobs as he was named the district's Co-Coach of the Year along with McKinley's Marvin Doston.

The Dutchtown Griffins had their best season in school history.

They went 24-6 during the regular season and won their first ever playoff game when they eased past Southwood in the opening round.

It didn't end there. They then went on to crush Hammond 64-35 in the second round before losing a heart-breaker to Thibodaux 56-54 in the quarterfinals.

Leading the charge much of the season was the versatile scorer Christian Thompson. As a result, Thompson earned first-team honors for the Griffins.

It was a rebuilding year for St. Amant under first-year head coach Travis Uzee.

They started the season with only one returning starter from a year ago--forcing them to play with a lot of young and unexperienced guys all season.

As a result, the Gators lost a lot of close games and finished just 11-20 overall.

However, first-year starter Courtney Julien emerged as one of the best players in the district. He consistently put up big points for St. Amant. As a result, he was named to the district's first team.