Notre Dame fends off Church Point rally
CHURCH POINT – Coach Donald Adams has been waiting for his Notre Dame Pioneers to put together a complete game all season long.
On Tuesday night, they did.
The Pios (8-9) scored in double figures in each quarter and held off a late charge to upend Church Point, 56-46, in a non-district contest between the two Acadia Parish rivals.
“This time, we finally put together four good quarters,” said Adams following the victory. “We didn’t rebound well and we didn’t shoot free throws (18-34) as well as I would have liked, but we maintained four good quarters of basketball and we fought and fought until the end.”
For the Pios, it was a big first half that put them over the top.
Tre Milstead scored nine of his game-high 18 points in the first two frames to help lead to Pios to a 30-15 lead at the break.
Bryce Brandon scored eight points in the first two quarters and Jacob Leleux had six to aide in the early charge.
“We got out to a real good start,” said Adams. “The first half was the key for us; we were able to kind of pull away and put some distance between us.”
The Pios actually went up by 20 (42-22) at one point in the third before the Bears went on a 9-0 run to end the frame.
“We kind of dropped our guard in the third quarter and they came storming back,” said Adams. “I told them at half that Church Point was going to come out with some intensity and they went on a nice little run at the end of the quarter.”
And the Bears weren’t finished.
They got within six (45-39) midway through the fourth quarter before Ethan Smith ended the flurry with a runner in the lane.
The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way with Brandon hitting a layup to end the scoring.
“We had a decent little lead and then we were able to finish in the fourth quarter and that’s something we haven’t been able to do in the last couple of games,” said Adams. “We didn’t panic when they made their run. We made a few mistakes, but we fought through them and were able to close the game out.”
Milstead had the hot hand for the Pios with 18 points on the night while Brandon finished with 10. Hunter Meche, Tyler Simar and Ethan Smith each pitched in seven points, Leleux added six and Brent Didier had one.
The Bears were led by Tyler Wheeler with eight points and Tanner Motte with seven. Cainen Briscoe, Jaylan Kelly and Trevor Breaux followed with six points each, Asenson Wiley scored five and Alex Citizen had four. Deion Monroe and Kendrick Boast rounded out the scoring with two points each.
The Pios return to action Tuesday when they travel to West St. Mary.