Ascension Catholic basketball at .500 in district play

ACHS junior Gilbert Allen works to drive past a Livonia defender earlier this season.

The Ascension Catholic basketball teams are both sitting with two wins and two loses, both picking up win against Ascension Christian last Friday night. Nearing the halfway point in the district season, the boy’s team is looking to pick it up a notch and make a run for the playoffs. At least that’s what junior Gilbert Allen has in mind.

Allen, who leads the team in scoring, wants to cement his name as a leader on the team and take it into the playoffs.

“I just try to lead and set an example for the younger guys,” Allen said about being the leader. “They are my brothers, my family.”

Allen said the team is trying to make some “big moves” and land in the playoffs, despite being a small team.

“We all got heart and we have the talent,” Allen said, “so we are just trying to get it done.”

For sophomore Jaquel Wade, he is just trying to do the things coach Reginald Brown is teaching: play with more energy and never give up. With those, Wade said the team can finish strong in district play and go far in the playoffs.

Before every game, Brown gives the team a speech on what they need to work on and get better at. Freshman point guard Kaleb Winchester said he tells them to strive to come together as a team and better things will happen for the team.

“On the court, when play together the game comes to us much easier.”

Wade added, “At first we played as individuals, now we play as a team and it is paying off.”

ACHS plays its next two games on the road at St. John on Jan. 25 and at East Iberville on Jan. 29.