Nothing new to report on the long-running boys' basketball rivalry between Tates Creek and Lafayette after the host Commodores won the 106th meeting 61-46 Tuesday night.
Maybe it's some kind of metaphysical mojo, but Tates Creek has had the Generals' number a lot more often than not over the years:
■ Tates Creek won the first 11 games of the series, which began in 1967.
■ On its way to the 1979 state championship, Lafayette lost only once all season. Yep. Tates Creek dealt the defeat.
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■ The Commodores have beaten Lafayette 14 out of 17 times since 2004, giving them a 67-39 edge overall.
There was no mystery to the Commodores' victory Tuesday night. After a close first half, they threw some serious defense at Lafayette and pulled away.
"I liked the way we came out and played good solid defense the second half," Coach Wayne Breeden said. "We mixed some zone and man-to-man and got after them.
"Overall I was pleased with how we played. We shared the basketball tonight."
Tates Creek was led by stars Marcellus Barksdale and Ryan Fucci.
Barksdale, a 6-foot-4 senior, had 21 points, nine rebounds, four steals and (ugh!) 10 turnovers.
Fucci, a 6-3 senior, had 16 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half, five rebounds and four steals.
"It doesn't show up in the box score, but I thought Ryan did a great job executing, running the ball club and taking good shots," Breeden said.
Tates Creek got solid play from its supporting cast.
Darius Gibson had 12 points. Kendalle Mack contributed five points and four assists. Michael Fugate hit a timely three-pointer, and Todd Bradley banged inside for a basket and four rebounds.
It was the kind of performance Breeden was looking for after a Friday loss to Bryan Station that included a nightmarish second half of 11 percent shooting and 18 turnovers.
"This was a lot better," Barksdale said. "We executed better, we did a better job getting everybody involved and we shot the ball quite well."
Lafayette, which has lost five of its first six games, is struggling to put four good quarters together.
After playing Tates Creek toe-to-toe in the first half, the Generals shot only 29 percent (8-for-28) the rest of the way. On one frustrating possession, Lafayette had four layups rim out.
"You can't fault the effort," Coach Greg Coldiron said. "They're scratching and clawing to get those rebounds, but you've gotta score when you get those opportunities."
Jackson Davis, a 6-7 freshman, led Lafayette with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Dee Yarbrough had 10 points and five rebounds.
Coldiron thought the critical stretch came in the fourth quarter when Tates Creek cashed 14 of 18 foul shots.
"You can't put people at the free-throw line like that," he said.
For the game Tates Creek hit 19 of 29 foul shots. Lafayette was 2-for-5.
Lafayette (1-5) — Yarbrough 5-14 09-2 10, Davis 6-12 2-3 14, Napier 3-9 0-0 7, Trisko 0-2 0-0 0, W. Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, C. Johnson 3-6 0-0 7, Wilkerson 2-3 0-0 6, Chester 0-4 0-0 0, Hardin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 2-5 46.
Tates Creek (4-1) — Barksdale 6-11 8-8 21, Fucci 5-13 5-6 16, Gibson 5-8 27 12, Mack 1-4 2-2 5, Fugate 1-2 0-0 3, McFarland 0-4 2-4 2, Bradley 1-2 0-2 2. Totals 19-44 19-29 61.
Lafayette 16 10 7 13—46
Tates Creek 14 16 11 20—61