By Marco Clark, exclusive to the Times
The Natchitoches Chiefs dominated in their game against the visiting ASH Trojans. Coach Micah Coleman said, “We did some good things, but we also made to many mistakes, mistakes that could cause an early exit out of the playoffs this season. But rest assured, my coaching staff and I will address those issues in practice.” After winning the opening tip-off , the Chiefs went on a tear outscoring the Trojans 11-6 to establish a commanding lead early.
Devonte Snow led the way dropping seven points on the Trojans, one from behind the three-point line and two from the charity line. Trevon Solitaire and Zamauri Miller added two points a piece to close out the forst quarter 11-6. The second quarter was much of the same as the Chiefs continued to out hustle and out play the Trojans. Natchitoches Central’s Darius Young cleaned up on the offensive boards grabbing five rebounds, allowing the Chiefs second and third chances to score on the same possession.
Those extra opportunities we’re taken advantage by Calvin Carpenter. He drained a three-pointer and scored from the free-throw line four times after being fouled on two lay-up attempts. Those points, along with Young’s six, allowed the Chiefs to close out the second with a 28-15 lead. The Chiefs continued to dominate with defense and high percentage shots.
The teamwork paid dividends for the Chiefs as Coach Coleman went to his bench early and often. The quarter ended with a comfortable 52-29 lead. Coleman allowed his starters to begin the final quarter made substitutions quickly. The Chiefs finished the game 64-41. They are now in second place behind Ouachita Parish. Carpenter led all scorers with 21 points, Devonte Snow put up 15 and Aydrion Brown added 11.