Lafayette Christian (2-0) overwhelmed St. Martinville (2-1) in the Knights’ home opener Tuesday night, using a second-half barrage from senior Kalob LeDoux to win 79-63.
LeDoux finished with 31 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including 8-of-12 from behind the arc.
“He’s capable of doing that, he’s our big money guy he hits shots and is capable of giving you 10-to-12 points in a two minute time frame,” said Lafayette Christian coach Byron Starks. “He could do that at any moment. He had a great performance tonight.”
With the game tied at halftime, LeDoux erupted in the third quarter, hitting three shots from behind the arc in the final two minutes of the half to give the Knights a lead they would never relinquish.
St. Martinville coach Darrel Mitchell said it is hard to defend a team that shoots the ball as well as LCA, especially from deep.
“We hung in there. Just too many points in that third quarter, we gave up far too many points in that third quarter,” Mitchell said. “They shot the ball extremely well.”
Senior big man Jevante Walker led the Tigers in scoring after a slow start to the game with 26 points, 16 of them coming in the second half.
Mitchell said despite the good performance from Walker in the second half the Tigers fell behind in the game due to turnovers and giving up points in transition.
St. Martinville took advantage of its size on the inside, scoring most of its points in the paint courtesy of Walker and TyQuan Marshall who finished with 19 points.
Starks said the Knights didn’t do the work early in the defensive possession to prevent the Tigers from scoring on the inside.
“A lot of it was because we did not work,” Starks said. “We know what we need to do because we are going to be undersized against some teams. But with the guards that we have, with the height and the strength we should be able to cover anybody.
“…It’s just a matter of mindset. Wanting to do it and having the will to do it.”
Sophomore Greg Williams did a good job of battling against Walker and Marshall on the inside and proved to be the Knights’ most effective rebounder.
Williams finished with 12 rebounds, five on the offensive end, and was tasked with doing the dirty work for LCA down low.
“I told him in the second half we needed some rebounding from somebody,” Starks said. “And he got aggressive and got some solid rebounds. We need three or four other guys to step up and do that same thing.”
Starks said despite the win, this was not the Knights’ best night, but was confident the team would continue to improve moving forward into the meat of season.
“From beginning to end I do not think we played LCA Knights basketball,” Starks said. “We were thankful that we were able to get out with a win. We have some fine tuning to do.
“But the good thing about it is it’s early in the year and we can work out some things. So we’ll look for a better performance in the next few games, but I know by the end of the season we’ll the team I think we can be.”