Ascension Catholic falls short in double-overtime thriller
Ascension Catholic made some clutch shots late to pull out a razor-thin home victory over Springfield on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they didn’t have enough juice left to pull out another thriller 24 hours later.
The Bulldogs fought back from a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to force overtime against Abramson Sci Academy.
Eventually, the game had to enter a second OT period, and there, it was all Commodores. They ran out to an 11-0 run and eventually won, 75-67.
"The lack of depth and the injuries finally came back to haunt us. We've been battling injuries all year,” Bulldog head coach Kylon Green said. “Without the depth, we wore down. Our lead guard fouled out, and that made our offense real stagnant. Guys were out of position. Guys that really hadn't played a lot of minutes all year had to step up."
Ascension Catholic had been playing well coming into the game. After starting the season in an 0-5 hole, they had gone 5-5 in their previous 10 games against a very challenging schedule.
On Thursday night, the challenge continued for the Bulldogs as they faced Sci Academy from Class 3A.
The first quarter was frenetic as both teams raced up and down the floor.
After beginning the game down 7-4, Ascension Catholic went on a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game, but the Commodores quickly answered. They went on a 9-0 spurt to go up 20-14.
Troy Cole hit a 3-pointer late in the first quarter to cut the deficit to 22-19.
With Ascension Catholic down 2 in the second, Jamil Truxillo scored 5 straight points to give the Bulldogs what turned out to be their final lead of the game at 31-28.
Though, Sci Academy tied things at the half.
The Commodores rode that momentum into the third quarter when they started off with a 7-0 run. Ascension Catholic was forced to play catch-up for the rest of the game.
Truxillo helped direct a 7-3 run late in the third that got Ascension Catholic within 43-42 entering the fourth quarter.
But once again, Sci Academy began the period with a big run. This rally was 10-1 and gave them their biggest lead of the game at 9.
Ascension Catholic didn’t score their first field goal of the quarter until the two-minute mark, when they were down 10.
Demarco Harry hit a 3-pointer, and Demontray Harry came up with an and-one play to get the Bulldogs within 5. Then, Demontray Harry came up with two straight buckets to tie the game, completing a 10-0 Ascension Catholic run.
The game went to overtime, and again, Sci Academy started fast as they quickly went up by 4. The Bulldogs had another answer.
Truxillo hit a 3-pointer, and later, Demontray Harry came up with a layup that tied the game and sent it to double-overtime.
However, in the second OT period, it was all Sci Academy. They scored the first 11 points as Ascension Catholic went ice cold from the field.
With the great start, the Commodores were able to clinch the 75-67 victory.
Though they lost, Coach Green was happy with the effort of his team.
"I'm proud to see the fight in my guys,” Green said. “They were able to fight back against a 3A school. They have a lot of guys. They're a big program. We kept fighting, but we couldn't pull it out. We fell just a little short."
Four Bulldogs scored in double-figures.
Truxillo led all scorers with 27 points. Demontray Harris was next in line with 16, and Demarco Harry and Cole each scored 10.
The Bulldogs will now focus on making improvements before the start of the always challenging District 6-1A schedule.
"We have to improve quickly. We have to improve on the defensive end,” Green said. “In my opinion, we're in the toughest district in the state. St. John and East Iberville are improving every day. White Castle is the defending state champion. Southern Lab is a perennial power, Kentwood is improving and Ascension Christian has been getting better and better, so we have to be able to go out and play against those guys.
“That's why I'm happy we play a tough non-district schedule. Hopefully, we can reap the benefits of that once district play starts."