Fresh off the championship of the Great East Texas Shootout, All Saints had a slow start on Monday against Henderson.
The Trojans got in gear and rolled to an 81-47 victory over the Lions at Bruce G. Brookshire Family Student Athletic Center. The win improved All Saints to 18-1.
The Trojans were a bit weary after five games in three days in Brownsboro, but the point guard Aston Francis and his teammates got going.
Francis had a game-high 32 points, along with seven assists, four rebounds and four steals.
“It was the first time all year that I thought we came out a little dead-legged and we had to stay out of the press we have been having a lot of success with,” All Saints coach Eddie Francis said. “I thought the kids did a good job of making some changes and adjustments; and the second half we executed much better than the first half.
“Sean Phillips really played well for us and especially early when he was getting some good looks, and Aston (Francis) did a good job offensively; and I think we are getting better. We beat a very athletic team with dead legs and so that’s a good thing.”
The Lions took an early four-point lead on a Triston Ebner jumper. Later, Henderson was leading 12-9 before All Saints started rolling.
All Saints got their legs back when Phillips came off the bench to sink two treys, and rattled off 10-points, for a 22-12 Trojan cushion after one period.
Phillips, a sophomore. made a bid for a sixth-man award, finishing up with 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and one blocked shot
Francis continued his hot streak in the second quarter scoring 13 of his 32 points for the Trojans took a 38-24 halftime lead.
Spencer Ball made it a 20-point game, 48-28, with a basket and a 3-pointer early in the third period. Ball played a key role with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
Clayton Smith, who scored 12 points, made it a 30-point advantage, 67-37, when he took a behind-the-back pass from Francis and hit a jumper. Smith added five assists, four rebounds, and two steals in the win.
Henderson Lakendrick VanZandt (13 points) and Tariq Gray (10).
Earlier in the night, Patrick Pulliam scored 18-points, to lead the All Saints junior varsity to a 44-37 win.
The Trojans will entertain Gladewater at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Lions, who are 1-3 after a late start due to a long football playoff run, visits Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. Monday.
All Saints 81, Henderson 47
Henderson 12 12 13 10 — 47
All Saints 22 16 24 19 — 81
HENDERSON — Tre Boone, 3; Tariq Gray, 10; Lakendrick VanZandt, 13; Travis Hawkins, 2; Triston Ebner, 6; Davion Murphy, 3; Zane Boles, 8; Kenny Harris, 2.
ALL SAINTS — Aston Francis, 32; Chris Williams, 8; Matt Brunson, 3; Clayton Smith, 12; Spencer Bell, 5; Sean Phillips, 14; Luke Lee, 7.
THREE-POINT GOALS — H: Boone, Gray. AS: Francis (3), Phillips (2), Bell, Lee.
JV SCORE — All Saints 44, Henderson 37.
RECORDS — Henderson 1-3. All Saints 18-1.
NEXT UP — Henderson at Chapel Hill, 7 p.m. Monday; Gladewater at All Saints, 7 p.m. Friday.