Prep boys roundups: Cathedral falls to Bobcats
BOGUE CHITTO — After an impressive first half, the Cathedral Green Wave were one half away from upsetting Bogue Chitto and picking up what would have been a huge win in Region 7-1A.
But a rough third quarter changed the pace against the Green Wave’s favor.
Cathedral had trouble getting the ball to go in the basket and Bogue Chitto went on a 3-point barrage in a short span that enabled the Bobcats to take the lead and eventually a 54-46 victory Friday night.
Green Wave head coach Peter Arnold said Bogue Chitto dominated during the third.
“In the third quarter, four different players (for Bogue Chitto) made 3-pointers within a two-minute stretch. We had some bad offensive possessions. If we played our normal game, we would have scored 10, 12, 14 points and we would have been fine.”
Arnold added that Bogue Chitto didn’t make any changes to what defense the Bobcats were using. But they did make some adjustments that turned out to be beneficial.
“They stuck with man-to-man. They switched some people around. Their size causes us problems, their length. We just didn’t have enough people to put the ball in the hoop.”
Carl Hammitte led Cathedral with 24 points — 12 in each half. But the next high scorer for the Green Wave was Daniel Huffines with eight points.
Bogue Chitto (16-8, 6-2) wound up outscoring Cathedral 17-4 in that game-changing third quarter that gave the Bobcats 35-32 lead. Germie Martin and Emanuel Magee led them with 11 points each.
But it was the Green Wave that looked like it was the better team the way the first half went. With the zone defense seeming to frustrate Bogue Chitto, Cathedral (8-12, 2-6) jumped out to an 11-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bobcats did play better in the second quarter, but they still found themselves trailing 28-18 at halftime.
“We played great (in the first half). We controlled the pace of the game. We played outstanding zone defense and did a good job of rebounding,” Arnold said.
Cathedral will be without junior Caleb Upton for the rest of the season. Arnold said he has a torn ligament in his left elbow and will have to wear a brace for six weeks.
The Green Wave host St. Aloysius next Tuesday.
Vidalia 90, Jena 48
JENA, La. — Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders knew his team had to do some different things to make sure Jena didn’t stay in Friday night’s District 3-3A game unlike when the two teams met back on Jan. 4.
So the Vikings made defensive adjustments and they paid off as they cruised to a 42-point win over the Giants. Vidalia was led by D.J. Polk with 25 points, Terrence Thompson with 19 points and Alvin Bell with 17 points.
“Our overall game was better than it was in our place. We knew they would hang around unless we did something different,” Sanders said. “We did a couple of different full-court presses. We got quite a few turnovers to start the game and to start the third quarter. We let off in the fourth quarter, but the damage had been done.”
The one Jena player Vidalia could not contain was R.J. Richardson, who led all players with 30 points.
“We had a habit of fouling when he was shooting. He got some old-fashioned three-point plays to go with a couple of 3-pointers,” Sanders said.
Vidalia (11-10, 6-1) plays host to Marksville next Tuesday night.