By Marco Clark, exclusive to the Times
Tuesday night, the Chiefs returned home to the Tee Pee to face off against the Tioga Indians in what would be a knock down, drag out on the hardwood. The Chiefs Darius Young won the opening tip-off. Natchitoches Central wasted little time scoring the first 2 points after Trey Solitaire found a streaking Calvin Carpenter for a two-point lay-up. The Chiefs were not finished.
After scoring first, a deflection and recovery of the basketball by Devonte Snow on the inbound attempt by Tioga’s Ty Sanders gave the Chiefs another possession and score putting the Chiefs up by 4 points while the Indians were left with zero after the first three minutes of the game. The Indians had better success inbounding the ball but were unsuccessful scoring their first basket as Jerry Moore’s field goal attempt from the baseline was short. Young would inbound the ball to Solitaire who found an open Aydrion Brown. His shot attempt was short, hitting the front of the rim, but Young fought for the rebound and put back to extend the Chiefs lead.
Tioga head coach Lance Brasher was now looking for anyone on his team who could spark some offense. He found Kenneth Ravarre, who after receiving the inbound pass, drove the length of the court for a contested lay-up. It still managed to fall giving the Indians their first points of the game with 3 minutes left in the first quarter. The Chiefs started the second quarter in a similar fashion as the first running and gunning on both offense and defense.
Coach Micah Coleman instructed his team to keep up the pressure on the defensive side of the ball, forcing four turnovers on the Indians. Those turnovers were responsible for building a 12-point lead by the half which simply broke the will of the Tioga Indians. The Chiefs were just too strong on the offensive and defensive boards.
Young dominated in the paint grabbing five offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds. Natchitoches Central would go on to win the game 59-45. Solitaire led all scorers with 17 points, Young had 14 and Calvin Carpenter contributed 13.
Leading scorers for the Indians were Sanders with 19 and Ravarre with 13.