Comets roll to win at home over Belle Chasse

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 8, 2008

St. Charles splits two at St. Martin’s with Curtis, Newman


Sports Editor

DeMarcus Bernard scored 16 of his 24 points in the first quarter as host St. Charles made quick work of Belle Chasse on Friday night, 64-30.

Vincent Rollo added 12 points on four 3-pointers. Zach Goodwin added seven.

“The big thing was we hit our outside shots,” said St. Charles Coach Jonathan Hernandez. “We knocked down a lot of those shots early and built a lead. We executed our offense the way it was supposed to be run.”

The Comets (13-11) jumped up 26-13 after a quarter and extended their lead to 47-18 at halftime, effectively putting the game away.

The game was St. Charles’ first home game in three weeks, after playing six on the road or in tournament play.

The win was St. Charles’ second in three games, after splitting two games at the St. Martin’s tournament on December 27 and 28.

The second of the two games saw St. Charles defeat John Curtis, 60-46.

Rollo maintained his hot hand from the outside, hitting five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 23 points. Bernard added 16 for the Comets.

“Both teams were fired up for it,” said Hernandez. “It’s a real rivalry game for us. We did nothing fancy or tricky, just came out looking to run our stuff successfully. We just focused on executing better on our end.”

The game was tied at 22 at the half, but the Comets outscored Curtis 20-11 in the third quarter to seize control of the game.

St. Charles fell in its first tournament game to Newman, 62-46.

Evan Turkish led the Greenies with 18 points.

For the Comets, Gabe Corchiani led the way with 16 points. Bernard and Rollo each added nine.

St. Charles trailed 31-28 at halftime before Newman took control in the third quarter. The Greenies outscored the Comets 18-6 in the third.

“We really came out flat in the first three minutes of the quarter,” said Hernandez. “They got the lead out to 10, 12 points. You can’t let a team like Newman get that kind of lead.

“Once we had to start fouling, we knew they would be sharp from the foul line.”