Turnovers haunt Bulldogs in blowout loss

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Jacoby Stewart scored 10 points in Ascension Catholic's loss to East Iverville. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

After a blowout loss against White Castle to start the district season, Ascension Catholic was looking to bounce back on the road against East Iberville last Friday night, but turnovers continued to be their undoing.

Only down 8 in the third quarter, a string of self-inflicted mistakes allowed the Tigers to reel off a 16-0 run that stretched the lead to 24.

After that devastating flurry, East Iberville was able to coast to an easy 75-38 victory.

"We had entirely too many turnovers. We must have had about 50," Bulldog head coach Kylon Green said. "We were turning the ball over in every possession and out of timeouts. It was just turnover after turnover after turnover. Unless we get tougher, find a way to score points and limit turnovers, it's gonna be like this every night. We have to get better."

Many of the same problems plagued Ascension Catholic in the district opener against White Castle three days earlier. In that game, the Bulldogs fell victim to a 94-45 drubbing.

Early on against the Tigers, it looked like things would be much different.

With a frenetic pace in the first quarter, it was the Bulldog defense that was forcing turnovers.

This gave them a boost on offense as both Bubba Gautreau and Jamil Truxillo hit 3-pointers that gave Ascension Catholic a 10-7 lead.

But it wasn't long before the Bulldogs' offensive woes returned.

As they got sloppy with the ball, East Iberville was able to go on a quick 5-0 run to regain the lead. They led, 12-10, at the end of one.

The turnovers continued for Ascension Catholic in the second. They also began taking wild shots in the paint.

The Tigers took full advantage. A 3-pointer sparked a 15-2 run by East Iberville to build a double-digit lead.

Ascension Catholic wasn't even able to get off a shot right before the half. They trailed 27-15 at the break.

The Bulldogs made just two field goals in the entire second quarter.

"That's just not being tough, not willing to handle the ball and the pressure. We weren't getting in our offense, and we just weren't able to handle their pressure, overall," Green said.

At the start of the third quarter, Ascension Catholic finally showed signs of life offensively.

Jacoby Stewart made a bucket down low that led to 4 straight Bulldog points. This gave Ascension Catholic some energy and cut the deficit to 8.

However, that was as close as the Bulldogs would get.

On their next possession, East Iberville drained a 3-pointer to go back up by 11, and their next trip ended with an and-one play to push the advantage to 14.

This quick 6-0 spurt seemed to rattle Ascension Catholic as the Tiger full-court press forced the Bulldogs to turn the ball over on four straight possessions. All four steals were converted into East Iberville layups.

It all contributed to a demoralizing 16-0 blitzkrieg by the Tigers that put them up 24.

The lead only got bigger. East Iberville ended up rolling to a 75-38 victory.

In the losing effort, Truxillo led the way for Ascension Catholic as he scored 13. They also got 10 points from Stewart and 8 points from Jamar Barber.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to just 2-17 for the season, but most importantly, it dropped them into an 0-2 hole in district play.

"We have to start making shots--especially the open ones. Shots, layups and free throws-- we have to make them," Green said.

This week, Ascension Catholic will get out of district and play two upper-classification teams. On Wednesday, they'll host West St. John, and on Friday, they'll host St. James.