However, when one player dominates a game to the point that when he’s sitting on the bench in foul trouble, their opponent makes a run and gets back into the game … now that’s dominance.
That’s exactly what happened Friday night as Chiasson led the Eagles to a relatively easy 56-37 victory over the visiting Gueydan Bears.
“All of our players are capable of shooting,” head coach Sean Comeaux of Vermilion Catholic said. “Emile just took it to the basket all night. He was able to penetrate the lane and score.
“Hopefully he’ll be able to keep it up for the remainder of the season. If he does, then we’ll be competitive against Central Catholic.”
Chiasson said practice has improved his game.
“Lately I’ve been practicing going to the goal,” Chiasson said. “Once they start crashing in on me, I was able to get the ball out to the good shooters.
“They weren’t blocking me out. We have a better chance of getting a rebound and putting the ball back up into an empty basket.”
Gueydan head coach Paul Sapolito agreed that Chiasson was the difference in the game.
“They’re (VC) a well coached team,” coach Saporito said. “When you’re down 20-5 andEmile (Chiasson) scores 18 points, it’s difficult. With him out of the game we were able to out-score VC 11-2 and were able to cut their lead to six.”
Once Chiasson was out the game midway through the second quarter with his second foul, the Bears went on an 11-0 scoring run to cut the deficit to 20-16 with 2:37 remaining in the half. However, the Eagles were able to hold off the Bear run to lead 22-16 at the half.
Aaron David opened the third quarter for the Eagles with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Baskets by Blair Landry and Chiasson opened up the Eagle lead to 18 points at 40-22 at the end of the third quarter.
“In the second quarter we just weren’t going to our specific areas,” coach Comeaux said. “We made some adjustments on offense at the half which opened things up for us.
“We really can’t rely on Emile all of the time,” coach Comeaux said. “Everyone as a whole has to get involved.”
Chaisson led all scorers with 28 points. David contributed seven points to the effort. Joey Faulk and Landry each scored six points.
Trevor Derouen led the Bears with 16 points.
“Well, everyone’s playing ‘triangle and two defense’ now,” coach Saporito said. “Ever since our opponents switched to the ‘triangle and two defense’ our scoring has dropped.
“But, VC’s a good team.”
The Eagles (12-11, 5-1) host the Delcambre Panthers Tuesday night.
The Bears (8-12, 0-6) travel to Central Catholic Monday night to play the Eagles.