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|Delhi Gators fall in Sterlington shoot-out|
The Delhi Charter Gators (1-14) will wrap up their non-district schedule this week before stepping into their all-important district 2-1A slate.
Delhi Charter is coming off of a pair of close losses in the Sterlington Shootout Tournament last week.
Lake Providence downed the Gators in the first round 59-57 even with Kent Speight scoring 22 points for the Gators.
"It is just the same old story," Delhi Charter School head coach Chad Clarke said. "We just keep turning the basketball over. It is a lack of focus and an inability to move the ball when under pressure."
Teams are watching film and picking up on the trouble DCS has had with pressure defense, Clarke said. This has lead to the Gators facing immense man-to-man press defenses on a nightly basis."
Delhi Charter finished the tournament with a 67-63 loss to Epps High School at the Sterlington Shootout.
Speight again dominated the paint with 23 points for the Gators. He was one of the biggest scorers of any player in the tournament that consisted of 14 local teams playing on two courts over three days in Sterlington.
"When we see zone defense we are O.K.," Clarke said. "We have a chance to pick up a head of steam this week."
Clarke also singled out Riccie Gray, an all-state football honorable mention this season, as a solid addition to the roster.
"Riccie has been a good inside presence for us," Clarke said. "That was about it at the Sterlington tournament."
If not for the costly turnovers, Clarke feels his team could be 8-7 instead of a one victory team.
Monterey (11-8) will face off with Delhi Charter in Delhi on Tuesday with a girls contest beginning at 6 p.m.
Monterey has won three of their last five games after beginning the year 3-5. It will again be a pressing defensive challenge facing the Gators.
Delhi Charter will be working on cutting down on their turnovers and keep shooting solidly from the free throw line before district 2-1A action.
The St. Frederick Warriors of Monroe come into town on Friday for a double header that also begins at 6 p.m.
"Our district is one of the weakest in the state of Louisiana this season," Clarke said. "We have a chance to get off to a good start in district and the top two teams in the district will make the playoffs."
St. Frederick is 0-11 on the season and has had a lot of trouble with rebounding a keeping a hold of the basketball, a similar track as the Gators in 2010.
With a win, it could set the Gators up in a good spot to earn one of those two playoff spots coming out of district 2-1A.