28 Nov 2016

Basketball Bears Move Record To 3-1 After Hosting Thanksgiving Shootout

The basketball Bears have emerged from the Thanksgiving break with a 3-1 record heading into this week’s famed CYO Tournament in New Orleans.  A staple on the pre-district calendar in New Orleans since the 1950s, CYO showcases some of the best basketball programs in southeast Louisiana.  
 
The Bears open CYO play on Wednesday, Nov. 30, versus Holy Cross on the Tiger campus on Paris Avenue in New Orleans.  Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.  The winner will play the winner of Ben Franklin and John Curtis on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and the loser will play the loser of the Rummel versus East St. John on Thursday at 6 p.m.  Both games on Thursday will be played at Holy Cross.
 
A brief look at the Bears’ run to 3-1
 
Mandeville:  The Bears opened the season with a thrilling one point victory on the road in front of a great atmosphere in “The Deep Blue Sea.”  Austin Lachney scored 13 and Dean Jolly put in 11 to help the Bears to a 47-46 victory. 
 
The Bears were 2-1 in its own Thanksgiving Shootout at the Bear Cave.
 
Christian Life:  The Bears enjoyed a 30-point blowout over their opponent, a power in Class 2A, 76-46.  Four Bears reached double digits in the scoring fest with Tensley Aldredge leading all scorers with 20 points.  Ja’Lyn Foster had 13, Tyler Mixon had 12 and Dean Jolly poured in 11 for the winners.
 
Glen Oaks:  The Bears defeated the Class 3A power in a tightly contested match, 36-30.  Aldredge led CHS with 12, while Travis Brock contributed 10 for the Bears.
 
St. Thomas More:  In the Bears’ Shootout finale, the home team gave a great effort in their 59-52 loss to Class 4A power STM (a 2015-2016 semifinalist).  Tensley Aldredge led the Bruin scoring charge with 17 and Remy Robert scored 11 with a team leading three, three point baskets.  
 
“I am pleased with our start considering we are playing with a new set of guys on the court,Ó said CHS Head Basketball Coach Mark Cascio. ÒWe are playing very well defensively.  Our offense has been good for us despite seeing a variety of different defenses in our four games.  It has been refreshing to see different guys step up.  On any given night, someone will be that X-factor for us.  We will see good competition in the CYO Tourney and answer more questions about our team as we get closer to district play.”