The Lady Eagles doubled up the Lady Panthers 60-30, while the Eagles just clipped the Panthers 62-58.
In the boys’ game, Delcambre took a 22-7 lead in the first quarter on the strength of six Clarence Farrier deuces and two Danson Solomon treys.
Not to be outdone, the Eagles came right back in the second quarter as VC’s Emile Chiasson let loose a barrage of threes. Delcambre led 32-31 at the break.
“All I can say for Emile is that he’s one of those kids where you say, ‘If he’s hot, let him shoot’,” said VC head coach Sean Comeaux. “Once you start telling him to be more selective, then he starts getting a little flustered. But, when he’s hot you’ve got to let him roll.
“It’s between the ears.”
Delcambre increased its lead to ten points at 45-35 midway through the third period, as Panther Carl Taylor began hitting baskets from everywhere. Taylor had 13 points in the period.
But the Eagles worked it back to 50-46 early in the fourth.
At the 5:30 mark, Chiasson got a defensive rebound and kicked it over to Aaron David who hit a trey in transition to give VC its first lead at 51-50.
A battle of “who wants it more” ensued, and with 1:00 left, DHS’ Winston Linden kissed one off the glass to knot it up at 58-58.
On the following possession, the Panthers put VC’s Joey Faulk on the free-throw line. Faulk nailed both shots.
The Panthers had a chance, but the shot wouldn’t fall on their next possession and VC came down with the rebound.
With no choice but to foul, Delcambre’s Danson Solomon put Chiasson on the line with :15 remaining. Chiasson drained the first one. His second shot bounced on the rim twice before falling in to ice it for the Eagles at 62-58.
Comeaux said he felt the game with Delcambre would help his team as they continue district play next week.
“It’s nice to play a non-district game against an opponent that’s a force to be reckoned with and a team that’s very good,” he said. “For us to stick it out on a night that we weren’t playing our best basketball, but we ended up working hard and coming back, which is something we didn’t do in the beginning of the year. Now we are.”