The Vandebilt Catholic boys basketball team took the court for the first time this season Tuesday night, hosting Houma Christian.
After a tight opening quarter, a combination of rusty Terriers offense and tenuous Warriors attack on both ends allowed Houma Christian to prevail 67-49.
Trent Washington sparked the Warriors with 22 points, along with 16 points from JeCorie Ward and nine each from Tre Washington and Cameron Ringo. Andrew Robison headed the Terriers with 23 points, followed by Caleb Calhoun with nine points.
“We didn’t do a lot of things well in the first half. We wanted them to come out and give more energy and correct the things that needed to be corrected,” said Warriors coach Freddie Frye. “Slowly but surely we pulled away in the second half because it was all about positioning and not doing the things that kept them close.”
“It was our first game. The effort was good. There’s a lot of roughness around the edges,” said Terriers coach Drew Robison. “We shot the ball very poorly. Early on we had a lot of outside shots that we just didn’t knock down. We tried to adjust a little bit to attack the gaps in their zone and did a better job.”
The first quarter was tightly contested. Ward scored six points in the period to stake Houma Christian (5-5) to an early lead. Vandebilt Catholic (0-1) got back-to-back three pointers from Andrew Robison and Kenyon Charles to pull within one. However, Trent Washington drained a three from the top of the arc as time expired for a 15-11 Warriors lead.
The Terriers played a 2-3 zone defense to try and keep the ball out of the post. Houma Christian went to the perimeter to outscore Vandebilt Catholic 15-7 in the second quarter. Washington had the Warriors final six points, including getting fouled a fade away corner three pointer in the final seconds, for a 30-19 halftime advantage.
“Anytime they’re playing a tight 2-3, we know our jump shooters are going to be open. So we have to attack with ball movement, move the defense, get a little closer,” Frye explained. “We tried to loosen that up with Trent shooting some outside shots, but they were content with staying tight.”
“The zone was okay. They hit buzzer beater at the end of the first quarter and another one at the end of the half,” Drew Robison noted. “We hit the boards okay. We were in decent position. Loose balls, hustle turning into transition, all that I felt was okay. Definitely need to improve in all those areas.”
Houma Christian really separated from Vandebilt Catholic in the third quarter by converting turnovers into fast break buckets. Consecutive three pointers from Cullen Hendricks begin 16 unanswered Warriors points.
Then Washington and Ward consistently jumped the passing lanes for steals that they turned into transition baskets. The Warriors added a run of 10 straight points in the fourth quarter to build their largest lead at 65-33.
“Because we’re so long, we’re trying to teach the kids stay on the floor and make them shoot over you,” Frye said. “We were able to get some run-outs off their misses. When you can get easy transition baskets. You don’t have to work that hard on the offensive side.”
The Terriers found some offensive rhythm late, making five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Still, Robison knows Vandebilt Catholic needs a lot of work to catch up to teams that have already played around 10 games.
“We got a lot of coaching up to do. We got to get guys comfortable in game situations,” he said. “We were more fatigued than I’d like to see. We’ll play South Plaquemines on Friday and then we do a Christmas tournament, try to get our feet wet before starting district play in January.”
TUESDAY’S AREA BOYS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
BONNABEL 87, TERREBONNE 69, (at Kenner, nondistrict game)
Statistical leaders: Terrebonne – Jahki Douglas (14 points), Daveyon Smith (13 points), Chaz Ward (nine points), Keshawn James (eight points)
Records: Bonnabel (9-3 overall); Terrebonne (4-8 overall)
SOUTH TERREBONNE 78, WEST ST. JOHN 47 (at Bourg, nondistrict game)
Statistical leaders: South Terrebonne – Connor Brunet (20 points), Tyler Smith (20 points), Terrence Sims (12 points), Zentrel Thibodaux (10 points)
Records: South Terrebonne (5-6 overall); West St. John (0-1 overall)
BRUSLY 53, ST. JAMES 44 (at St. James, nondistrict game)
Statistical leader: St. James -- Shamar Smith (10 points)
Records: Brusly (10-2 overall); St. James (1-5 overall)
--Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy