Tough love means results for Mexia Hoops

Posted at 10:02 PM, Jan 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 15:49:41-05

Ask the Mexia Black Cats to describe their basketball coach and you'll get one answer

"Coach La Touche?" said senior guard Davion Carter, " Loud!"

Second year man Andre LaTouche has his team at 18-2 and there's no denying the man has pipes.

"It's hard for me to keep quiet sometimes," explains the coach.

In fact, Mexia's gym has two constants, LaTouche's volumce and player discipline.

"You just have to play good cop and bad cop sometimes."

Senior guards Davion and Travion carter say the approach makes their cats kings of the jungle.

"Just knowing someone's going to always be on your tail during the game -- you don't want to mess up," said Travion, "or you're coming out so you better try your best and play your best."

Just because he's rough, doesn't mean LaTouche isn't aware of how he comes across.

"I might be a little mean at the beginning but I always follow it up with something positive and I think they understand after you sit down and explain to them what they did wrong and how to fix what they need to fix."

Or that his players don't know how to handle the head cat.

"Just don't look at him while he hollering -- just listen to him -- listen to what he says not how he says it," explained Travion.

"He's loud and obnoxious but its all love," shared Davion with a laugh.

With 39 wins over the last 2 years, four A hoops could have a perennial problem on their hands.

"I hope [to be at Mexia a long time]. It's easy. these kids play so hard and they buy in to what you want on the court and off the court and when you have guys like that you can win games."

The Black Cats next game is Jan 9 against Corsicana at home. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m..

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