Keys to success for ACHS basketball; talent, hustle

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR

The Ascension Catholic High boy’s basketball team wants to make some noise on the court this season much like the school’s football team did this year. With the full team just getting together for the first time last week, head coach Tom Bodart sees a lot of talent on his roster.

“Right now it’s just a matter of us learning the offense and playing together as a team,” Bodart said, in his second season as head coach. “I see a lot of really good things.”

Although the team is young, comprised of one senior, five juniors, four sophomores and two freshman the Bulldogs are looking to rejuvenate the basketball program this season and bring some fans to their home gym.

Bodart does a lot of hands-on practicing where he physically demonstrates the fundamentals of the game to his players. He focused a lot on being more aggressive when asking for the ball. Bodart faced off on defense against the players individually to see where their weakness were when asking for the ball, exploited the error and corrected it.

Last season, the team finished with a 9-15 overall record (3-7 district) and had a losing streak that lasted four games. This year, the Bulldogs hope to avoid any losing streaks.

“We’re playing together, we’re playing a lot harder together,” Bodart said. “The hustle is there and I feel like that’s the factor, if you got talent and hustle a lot of good things will happen.”

The team plays its next game at home against French Settlement on Tuesday, Nov. 27. at 5 p.m.