Bulldogs drop nail-biter to Central Catholic, 70-66
Two nights in a row, the Ascension Catholic boys team went down to the wire with visiting opponents.
After edging French Settlement 72-70 Monday night, the Bulldogs found themselves in another close battle with a guest Tuesday.
Central Catholic claimed a 70-66 win by sinking three free throws to extend its lead in the closing seconds.
The Eagles from Morgan City were clinging to a one-point margin after Tyler Smith hit two free throws with 32 seconds remaining.
A controversial backcourt violation call turned the possession over to Central Catholic in the closing seconds, and all the Bulldogs could do was send the Eagles to the foul line.
“It happens,” Ascension Catholic head coach Kylon Green said. “I think it was two good teams who should be together like that at the end. Those guys came into a tough, hostile environment and got the win. Give all the credit to Central Catholic.”
Demarco Harry and Demontray Harry led the way in scoring, as they recorded 28 and 19 points, respectively. Demarco Harry was on fire from long range, as he sank five of the Bulldogs' six 3-pointers.
Troy Cole finished with 10 points. J’Mond Tapp added six, while Jack Abadie contributed a 3-pointer.
Ascension Catholic (9-4) relies on younger players to provide quality minutes and play key roles on the team.
“Our youth showed tonight. We start sophomores and play freshmen. It’s games like this we grow from and get better,” Green said.
Demondrick Blackburn was the leading scorer for the Eagles with 16. Tyler Blanchard finished with 14, while Davidiyone Bias had 13 and D.J. Lewis scored 10. Kye Morgel chipped in two.
Ascension Catholic jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the game. A shot by Blanchard broke the drought for the Eagles, who would bounce back to lead 13-10 going into the second quarter.
Central Catholic appeared to pull away in the second, but the Bulldogs battled back to close the 12-point lead.
Demarco Harry hit a pair of 3-pointers to pull Ascension Catholic within a point. Just before the half, he hit another shot from long range to tie it. Central Catholic went into the locker room with a 34-32 lead.
After a back-and-forth third quarter, the Bulldogs headed into the fourth with a 52-51 advantage.
Demontray Harry drove to the basket for a score, giving his team a one-point lead, as the Eagles called a timeout with 47 seconds left.
Green said his team will move on from the loss and focus on progressing in upcoming games.
“Same rules after a win or loss. We do the 12-hour rule. It’s 12 hours to enjoy it, and 12 hours to hate it. We move on after that. It’s that simple,” he said.