Destrehan to tune up at St. Paul’s holiday tournament

With district play — including a clash with cross-parish foe Hahnville — looming, Destrehan will play in one last regular season tournament to tune up.

 Destrehan (9-6) will play in St. Paul’s holiday tournament Dec. 28-30, opening with a game against Mandeville (6-4). 

“They’re disciplined and they play hard,” Bourg said. “I watched them play earlier in the year. They lost to the same team (Helen Cox, then the No. 2 seed in 5A) we did in the playoffs, a round later (Mandeville beat Jesuit in round one). They’ve lost a few guys but they seem to be playing very well. It’ll be a good test.”

Bourg said he’s hoping to see his team at least make it to the championship game, which would mean a 2-1 showing at worst, and a potential chance to meet up with host St. Paul’s (11-1) in the Wolves’ brand new gymnasium in a championship game. 

DHS has been finding success through a balanced effort. David Green, Lionel Maxon and Trey Jones have led the way.

“We’re sharing the ball and that’s always good to see,” Bourg said. “We’re playing a disciplined brand of basketball offensively. Everyone’s pitching in.”

Defensively, the Wildcats are coming along as well. Bourg said earlier this season his team needed improvement in that area, and that improvement is occurring rapidly. 

“We’re playing mostly zone and we’re not cheating off guys and giving up easy baskets,” he  said. It’s a lot of little things added up that are making a big difference.”

The Wildcats went 2-2 in their last tournament showing at East Ascension.

Bourg was pleased with how his team opened the East Ascension tourney in a 53-47 victory over Donaldsonville. But the team’s follow-up performance against Barbe (9-7) left much to be desired, he said.

“Donaldsonville’s a very athletic team and we played really well,” Bourg said. “Then, against Barbe, it was like a different team showed up. We were pretty bad at both ends of the floor.”

A 59-50 victory against a good, young St. Amant (9-7) team and a 56-45 loss to fellow River Parish squad Lutcher rounded out the team’s tourney fare.

Last week, the Wildcats also defeated John Ehret (2-5) on the road, 48-35.

“We played well, though we didn’t knock down shots early,” Bourg said. “But in the second half, we started hitting them and we got out to a nice lead.”

After the St. Paul’s tournament, Destrehan will rest for a few days before a big Jan. 5 showdown with host Hahnville.

“All records go out the window,” Bourg said. “The talent, on paper, goes out the window. Everyone takes it up a notch. We haven’t faced them under Coach (Rick) Spring yet, but I know they’re scoring a ton of points, shooting a lot of threes … we’ll see if we can slow them down.”

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