“I know we gave up some points today,” Kaplan head coach Jeff Davis said, “but I thought our defense was the key for us today.
“We had a few steals today and I think that makes a big difference for us when we can do that.”
A steal by Constable just before the end of the first quarter led to an easy basket for the senior. That put the Pirate up 10-8 after the first frame. That’s when both teams started firing.
Hanson hit five of its 13 threes during the second quarter. The Pirates hit on 10 shots from behind the arc. One of those came with two seconds left in the half when Andre Hines, who finished with six points, connected from the left corner to put Kapan up 33-25 at halftime.
“I thought our bench did a real good job,” Davis said of the group that scored 20 points. “We brought 11 guys and they all played. Everybody did something, whether it was scoring or playing defense.
“We are going to need that to continue down the road.”
Hanson started the second half on a 10-0 run, taking a 35-33 lead midway through the quarter. But a 22-10 stretch for the Pirates after that gave Kaplan a 10-point lead of its own with 6:24 to play.
“I think we are starting to show some good signs,” Davis said. “We have a chance to get at least one more game in this tournament.
“I wanted us to be able to get as many games in as we can. That’s helped us because I think we are starting to get what it takes to be successful.”
The Pirates (7-10) will take on the winner of VC/Gueydan at 2:30 p.m.
The Kaplan Lady Pirates, on the strength of a 12-0 run in the third quarter, took a 48-34 win over Hanson Memorial Tuesday at the VC Yuletide Classic.
Tina Roy led the Lady Pirates with 29 points. Brittany Gaspard scored six and Mallory Gaspard added five.
Kaplan led 25-20 midway through the third quarter. A pair of free throws from Taylor Choate then ignited at 12-0 run, capped by a three from Mallory Gaspard, that put the Lady Pirates up 37-20 with 1:04 left in the third.
Hanson cut that lead to 39-32 with less than three minutes to play, but Roy connected on a three from the left corner put Kaplan up 42-32 with 2:49 to go.
The Lady Pirates will meet Carencro at 1 p.m. in the finals of the loser’s bracket.
The Vermilion Catholic Eagles began the third quarter on a 12-2 run on the way to a 68-50 victory over the North Vermilion Patriots Tuesday at VC Yuletide Classic.
The Patriots cut the Eagles’ lead to 32-26 just before the half on a three by Ben James. VC came out firing in the second half, scoring 12 of the first 14 points. A basket from Jacob Broussard put VC up 44-28 with 4:44 to play in the third.
James cut the VC advantage to 48-40 on a bucket created by a steal with 5:38 to play. But Emile Chiasson scored five straight points to help the Eagles pull away.
Chiasson led VC with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Broussard added 17 and seven boards. Garth Mitchell, who scored five points, led VC with three steals.
James paced the Pats with 28 points. Dane Briggs scored nine and Jabian Kern added six.
The Eagles will take on the Gueydan Bears at 11:30 p.m. The winner will face the Kaplan Pirates in the losers’ bracket finals.