By Marco Clark, exclusive to the Times
The Natchitoches Chiefs were too big, too strong and too much for the Avoyelles Mustangs. The two faced off Tuesday, Nov. 27 in a game that was simply no contest. Coach Micah Coleman and the Chiefs dominated from start to finish. Points and pressure were evident throughout the game.
The 80 total points put up by the Chiefs was one of the largest thus far in this young season and the 18 turnovers were a result of the pressure the Chiefs’ defense applied all night. Picking up action in the first quarter, the Chiefs jumped out to a tremendous start going 5 for 5 on their scoring attempts. The Mustangs coach called a timeout. Coach Coleman used the timeout to make key substitutions before the end of the quarter. Coming out of the timeout, the Chiefs continued to pour on the points and pressure, scoring four additional points off two turnovers.
Natchitoches Central’s Nathan Curtis was responsible for causing the turnovers while Gerald Williams and Calvin Carpenter converted them to points. NCHS finished the quarter 15-10. The second quarter could have not played out any better, however Coach Coleman saw a few things that could be improved upon. The Avoyelles head coach screamed to his team, “They are beating you at everything on the floor. You are allowing them to out hustle you on every possession.” Chief Calvin Carpenter exploded during the second scoring 14 points, six of those from beyond the key.
Devonte Snow showed up with six points while Gerald Williams added the. The Chiefs would take a 46-16 lead into halftime. The Chiefs finished the second half like the first, dominating with great finishes on both ends of the court. On offense, the Chiefs used fundamental passing that provided good shots. On defense, they used a lock-down strategy to cause turnovers and bad shot attempts.
Leading scorers for the Chiefs were Carpenter with 16, Darius Young with 14 and Williams with nine.