Sam Houston nips Notre Dame in OT
CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Pioneers continued to struggle Wednesday, falling 40-39 to the Sam Houston Broncos in overtime at A.B. Dore gym.
The loss was the Pios’ third in a row, dropping them to 8-9 overall on the season.
“We were in control for most of the game,” said ND coach Raymond Griffen. “We just had way too many turnovers and we couldn’t get to the free throw line in the second half.”
The Pios, who have been averaging 51 points per game heading into Wednesday’s contest, jumped out to a 17-12 lead in the first quarter and took a 28-26 advantage at the break.
However, the second half led to their downfall.
The Pios scored just eight points in the final 16 minutes of regulation (two in the fourth quarter) as Sam Houston rallied to tie the game at 36-36.
“It was a combination of things,” said Griffin of the second half letdown. “Turnovers, free throws and not making shots that we were making in the first half; that’s what really hurt us.
“We were just stagnate. We weren’t moving the ball particularly well. We were just playing around, having people play one-on-one and that’s not how we’re going to be successful playing basketball.”
The Pios and the Broncos traded baskets to start the overtime period before Sam Houston took a 40-38 lead on two free throws.
Notre Dame’s Kane Thibodeaux hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to 40-39 late in the game and the Pios had a chance to win with two seconds left. But BJ Vidrine’s jumper from the corner fell just short.
“They missed the front end of a one-and-one and we got the ball back with 10 seconds left,” said Griffin. “I called a timeout with a few seconds to go, set up a play for BJ in the corner and we halfway executed the play. By the time we jacked up the shot and got the rebound, the buzzer went off.”
Vidrine led the Pios with 13 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Thibodeaux scored 12. Jeremy Smith added eight points and Ricky Stoma scored six.
“We can’t depend on just two people to do all your scoring,” said Griffin. “If we can’t learn as a team how to move and get the ball on the block and get a layup situation out of it or learn how to throw it in and cut with a purpose and get the ball back, we’re going to have a difficult time scoring.
“We don’t have anybody that’s an exceptional dribble-drive guy so if we don’t move without the ball, we’re going to be in bad shape. As long as we’re just standing around, nothing is going to happen.”
Notre Dame’s next scheduled game is Friday, Jan. 14 at Abbeville.