Natchitoches Central holds off stingy Arcadia

Natchitoches Central holds off stingy Arcadia


Natchitoches Central holds off stingy Arcadia



Arcadia senior guard Eric Brown Jr., electrified the crowd with eight 3-pointers as the Hornets stormed back from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.

But with time winding down and a lengthy Brandon Rachal guarding him, Brown’s step-back 3-pointer was off the mark as Class 5A Natchitoches Central survived Class 1A Arcadia 69-67.

A tightly called game limited both teams defensively and created a free-throw parade, but Chiefs coach Micah Coleman couldn’t have asked for a better atmosphere or opponent to end Saturday’s I-49 Shootout at Northwestern State’s Prather Coliseum.

“These are two great teams, and neither got a chance to play (because of the officials),” Coleman said. “Arcadia’s two guards were studs all night – they just kept making plays and making shots.

“We needed to be in a situation in which we had to step to line and make pressure free throws, and Cameron Lard and our guys did that.”

Lard, who made eight free throws as part of his team-high 24 points, contributed nine rebounds and three blocks.

Danny Cohen seem to solidify the Chiefs’ win when he stole a pass and threw down a dunk to put Central up 57-43 with six minutes left. Cohen scored 20 points and Austin Guy added 13.

But Arcadia responded with a 17-4 run, including two Brown 3-pointers and seven Travion Fielding points. Brown scored a game-high 27 points and Fielding added 23.

“This helps us as a team,” said Arcadia coach Marcus Jackson. “Micah has a great team, and they won the Class 5A championship.

“But to come in here and shoot the way we did (in an arena) after having bad field goal percentages in the last couple of Top 28s gives us a lot of confidence. Natchitoches Central’s front is like a college team, and even though we gave up some rebounds in the first half, we competed well down there.”

Southwood 77, East Ascension 35: Southwood dumped the first 13 points on East Ascension in the opening minutes, and the Cowboys never slowed down en route to the biggest win of the one-day I-49 Shootout at Northwestern State’s Prather Coliseum.

Southwood (14-3) led by 20 points after the first quarter, and the lead shrank below 20 points only once.

Daterrius Hubbard’s 14 points led three Cowboys in double figures, but 12 players scored overall. Southwood’s other two senior guards Terion Bell (12 points) and John Parker Jr. (13 points), reached double figures.

“Our pressure sped up the game, and then we executed against the zone (defense),” said Southwood coach Norman Picou. “We shot the ball well, and we controlled the tempo.

“The three senior guards are the key for us, but we’ve got a good group around them, too. Our two junior guards dished the ball well.”

East Ascension (7-10) played a more competitive second quarter as they trailed 42-19 at half, but Southwood opened the third quarter on a 16-1 run.

Southwood’s Keith Hunter provided a bulk of the Cowboys’ interior defense, blocking at least five shots.

Iowa 57, Calvary 51: Calvary led by as many as 11 points in the second half without several of its top players, but Iowa put the Cavaliers (4-6) away in the fourth quarter.

Down 43-35, the Yellow Jackets (6-7) scored 12 consecutive points in the fourth quarter and never trailed again.

Dylan Chretian (14 points), Andre Sam (11 points) and Austin Wilmore (11 points) led Iowa in scoring.

Calvary’s Andraez Williams scored a game-high 15 points with Rodarius Williams and Jacorey Fuller each adding 11 points.

The Cavaliers nearly erased a 7-point deficit with 55 seconds left when Andraez and Williams each scored after a steal to trail 54-51 with 27 seconds left, but Calvary would come no closer.

Calvary was missing Shun Brown and Chanse Sylvie, who were participating in national football bowl games/camps this weekend.

“We can’t get relaxed when we have a lead,” said Calvary coach Chris Thompson. “We did it in the first half and it didn’t cost us, but we have to realize the other team is still playing out there.

“You’ve got to want it more (than the other team).”

Landry-Walker 66, Captain Shreve 40: Landry-Walker drained seven 3-pointers and played stifling defense en route to a big win against the Gators.

The Charging Bucks (10-7), the reigning Class 4A champions, made three 3-pointers to break open the game in the second quarter and built a 28-17 lead.

Khali Williams made five 3-pointers and led four Landry-Walker double figures scorers with 20 points. Blake Paul (12 points and six blocks), Tevin King (11 points) and Lamar Peters (10 points) all contributed.

For Captain Shreve (7-9), Toronco Loston scored a team-high 15 points, making three of the Gators’ four 3-pointers.

“It’s hard to run a motion offense without any motion,” said Captain Shreve coach Todd Martinez. “We had a season-low seven assists.

“Others besides Loston can score … but we’re not good enough to play beat-your-man basketball.”


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