Natchitoches Central Chiefs boys basketball

The Natchitoches Central Chiefs boys basketball team returned to play Wednesday night after a 14 day hiatus due to contract tracing from a previous opponent. The Chiefs (15-1) welcomed the St. Edmund’s Blue Jays (12-9) to the friendly confines of the Teepee in what was a rather sluggish start for the Chiefs.
Though less than stellar, the Chiefs performance was enough to net them their 15th win of the season, defeating the Blue Jays 87-53.

Last night’s game did start out as a tight contest with the Blue Jays blazing to an early 1st quarter lead. It took just 5 minutes for the Chiefs to begin to find their stride offensively and defensively to secure a 17-12 first quarter lead. The 2nd quarter saw NCHS take a much more aggressive lead into halftime, leading by 20 points.

The Chiefs were able to work out some kinks and a little bit of rust throughout the 2nd half while getting all squad members some valuable time on the floor. The Chiefs were led in scoring by Gerald Williams and Sean Lacour who had 17 pts each. Juddy Aaron turned in a gritty performance with a double-double of 13 pts and 10 rebounds. Darius Young paced the Chiefs with 11 points and Devin Helaire chipped in 10.

Head Coach, Kolton Sepulvado said of Wednesday night’s performance, “It’s definitely not the defensive outcome that we had worked on the past two days. Obviously, being off for a couple of weeks has been an obstacle, but we got an opportunity tonight to come knock some rust off before getting back into district play. We were slow starting tonight on both ends, and some bad habits that have crept back in defensively and offensively. We are looking forward to practice tomorrow to get rid of some those habits that we saw tonight.”

The Chiefs will enjoy a nice homestand for the next three contests with Pitkin HS on Friday night at 6 pm, Zwolle HS in town Monday night at 5:30 pm, and finally Tuesday with Haughton HS (Senior Nght) with the girls starting at 6:00 pm. The public is encouraged to come out and support these programs; seating capacity is 265 so please arrive before game times.