A poor second quarter doomed St. Charles Catholic in the Comets’ 46-30 loss at Lafayette Christian Academy in the boys’ basketball Division III quarterfinals Thursday.
After Lafayette Christian (24-9) hit three 3-pointers to open the game, the Comets (24-12) held the second-seeded Knights to 37 points the rest of the game but the early portion of the second quarter sealed SCC’s fate.
After spotting LCA a 9-2 lead, the Comets, the No. 7 seed, managed to make it a 9-6 game after one quarter.
“We settled down and it was 9-6. It could have been 9-9. The same quarter we had a few lapses and they played very good defense. It was very difficult. We were trying to be deliberate and wait to get good shots and they did a good job of staying with it and they didn’t relax,” St. Charles coach Jeff Montz said.
In the second quarter, however, LCA senior B.J. Francis scored eight of his 10 points in the contest in the quarter as part of a 12-0 scoring spree to stretch the Knights’ lead to 21-6 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half.
The Comets rallied again with a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Owen Bourgeois allowing St. Charles to inch to within 25-13 at the break.
“After that spurt in the second quarter, it was pretty even the rest of the way. We just couldn’t dig into that cushion they had,” said Montz.
A low-scoring game, Montz said, is what the Comets had in mind.
“For us to have a shot, we had to keep the score down,” the St. Charles coach said. “We succeeded defensively in keeping them down, we just had a rough time on offense because their defense was very good.
“They did some things unexpected. Once we had a long possession they started to trap and some pressing. Sometimes we broke it and sometimes we made mistakes. When you are behind, you have to execute against that.”
Lafayette Christian, a three-time defending state champion seeking its first title in Division III, advances to the semifinals against the winner of Friday’s game between No. 6 Northlake Christian and Episcopal, the No. 3 seed.
“You can’t really control how other teams fall in the bracket. You just have to play who comes. Sooner on later, you are going to have to play the best. I don’t know if they will end up the best again, but if not, they are definitely one of the best. I feel like we were also one of the better teams in the state. We just fell short,” said Montz.
St. Charles was led in scoring by Kameron Campbell with 13 points. Senior center Christian Montz, who averaged 15 points per game over the course of the season, was held to four points.
Along with Francis’ 10 points, Victor Dupre had 13 points for Lafayette Christian and Jerquin Edwards 11.