Hahnville’s boys’ basketball team definitely got over the hump against visiting Thibodaux in District 7-5A basketball action Friday night.
That’s to a sharp-shooting Claudell Harris, Hahnville jumped out to a quick lead and never relented in an 83-58 win.
“The games we played earlier in the season prepped us for this moment,” Hahnville coach Yussef Jasmine said. “Thibodaux beat us three times last year and they went on to win the state championship. The first one (a 62-60 win earlier in the season) where we played them over there, we had to cross that hurdle of just young teenage kids getting over the hump. We got over the hump tonight. We have been working hard and we have been preparing for these moments. When you prepare and you get out on the court, it’s just a matter of executing.”
The win improved Hahnville to 9-0 in district and 21-8 overall. Hahnville maintained its one-game district lead over H.L. Bourgeois. Earlier in the season, HHS handed the Braves their only league loss the season. Thibodaux dropped to 5-4 in district and 14-12 overall.
Harris was on fire from the start. He knocked down five 3-pointers to finish with 20 points in the opening quarter on his way to a game-high 27 points.
“It was an anticipated game and I was ready from the jump,” Harris said. “Even in warmups the hype kept building so it was falling tonight.
“It’s natural for me. I’ve been doing this since I was little. Once I hit one, I hit two, and the it was, ‘oh, yeah, it’s my night.’”
“I really challenged him. ‘Man, you’ve got to be a scorer. If you think you are good, you have to show you are good when you are playing against teams that are supposed to be good as well.’ I thought he came out aggressive from the start. We have so many pieces. We have Daylen (Price), we have Kaden (Pierre), we have Takourin (Grows). Those guys can open things up for him,” said Jasmine.
Harris’ outside shooting led to easy baskets near the hoop for other as the game progressed as Hahnville began to attack the basket and the boards.
Pierre was particularly effective inside, finishing with 26 points.
“Two of Thibodaux’s better guys are big guys. If they can kind of back up and don’t have to guard, then that’s in their favor,” explained Jasmine. “But when you are up 18, now they have to guard and we are good at attacking the basket. At that point, it’s a simple game. It’s just a matter of not turning the ball over and keep attacking the basket. With Claudell constantly hitting open shots that means one defender has to stay close to him which means a driving lane for our other players.”
Harris’ hot start allowed Hahnville to lead 34-18 after one quarter. At one point in the quarter, Harris and Thibodaux’s Kyren Lacy traded four straight 3-pointers.
Harris was quiet in the second quarter in being held to two points but the rest of the Hahnville squad helped the team extend the lead.
Hahnville’s biggest lead of the first half came at the 2:39 mark of the second quarter after a dunk by Pierre to make it a 21-point spread at 44-23 on HHS’ way to a 48-30 lead at the half.
Pierre was the big point producer in the third quarter, scoring 11 points. Hahnville’s lead never got any smaller than 16 points on the way to a 66-43 lead heading into the final period.
Hahnville’s biggest lead of the game came at 27 points after a Kyran Lumar put the team on top 81-54 with slightly less than two minutes left in the game on the way to the 83-58 win.
Lacy had 15 points to pace Thibodaux while Darwin Davis tossed in 10.