Basketball Bears End Season with Win over McKinley
The Basketball Bears ended the regular season with a win over district champs McKinley, handing the Panthers their only loss and coach Mark Cascio hoped his club could carry that momentum to a first round win at New Iberia. The CHS roundballers fought hard on the road against the 3-5A champs, but fell just short, dropping their bi-district by a score of 46-43.
The Bears were led by Toliver Freeman’s 19 points, but they could not overcome turnovers and had issues handling New Iberia’s pressure. The host Yellow Jackets shot lights out from three point range, converting nine shots from behind the line. The Bears could muster just one trifecta on the night. Ethan Treigle was the second leading scorer for CHS as he chipped in 7 for the Bears.
The Bears closed the season with a 19-12 record overall to go with a 4-6 district record. Highlights of the season were its road wins against Catholic League programs Jesuit, Rummel and John Curtis; wins over Baton Rouge playoff programs Plaquemine, Zachary and St. Michael; a victory over 3A power De La Salle on the road; and, of course, the season highlight on Senior Night, an exciting success against McKinley.
Stat leaders on the 2015-2016
Tolliver Freeman 17.8, Ethan Treigle 8.3, Jacoby Carter 7.2
Freeman 5.9, Carter 3.2
Freeman 1.7, Treigle 1.7, Carter 1.4, Brandon Ruth 1.3
Freeman 31, Treigle 16, John Ward 15
DeMarcus Shepherd 29, Freeman 13
Field Goal Percentage:
Austin Lachney 62%, Shepherd 58%, Freeman 47%
“The season started with plenty of promise on our path to win another district championship. We were 13-3 at one point and things looked promising for our return after the Christmas Break,” said Head Basketball Coach Mark Cascio. “But, it seemed like we were never at full strength for the second half of the season and we faced a lot of adversity. We showed flashes of brilliance of a team that could make a playoff run, but we struggled at times down the stretch and lost some close ball games. Nine of our 12 losses came by single digits and six of those came in district. We were right on the cusp of winning those games, but slow starts or just the other team making tough shots was the difference. We were competitive in every game but one this year which says a lot for our guys considering we were short-handed throughout the season. I am proud of the guys and the seniors for their commitment to the program and to Catholic High.”
The program loses seniors Sam Cancienne, Toliver Freeman, Brandon Ruth, Grant Sceroler, Demarcus Shepherd, Ethan Treigle, and John Ward.
The seven seniors will be missed but their contributions to CHS basketball will not be forgotten and are appreciated.