BY CHRIS LANDRY
The Daily Iberian
Assembly Christian School took full advantage of its two-month head start on basketball, and Catholic High’s continued presence in the LHSAA football playoffs, to beat the Panthers 50-45 Monday night in a non-district boys’ basketball game at Assembly.
After a see-saw fourth quarter that saw nine lead changes, and three tied scores, ACS (5-3) scored the game’s final 7 points, 4 following steals and 3 on free throws, to pull away. Catholic High fell to 0-1 in its season opener.
“I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” said ACS coach Jerel Russo. “I realize these guys have a lot of football players out. We know if they come fully loaded it’s going to be a completely different game. We’re just fortunate we have a two-month jump and are able to prepare.”
Many of Catholic High’s starters and top subs are on the football team, which is currently preparing for its second-round playoff game against Bogalusa, a game scheduled for Friday at CHS. The Panthers beat West Feliciana 35-33 in the bi-district round.
“It’s great our football program is still winning,” said first-year Catholic High coach Josh Guilbeau. “We hope they keep on doing that.”
But having so many players out gives a lot of younger players a chance to get in some varsity work, he said.
“We had some trouble taking care of the basketball a little bit,” Guilbeau said. “I’m expecting that with a lot of young guys. Give a lot of credit to Assembly Christian. They gave us trouble with the trap.”
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