FAIRFIELD — There’s a new coach in place and with that comes new offensive and defensive philosophies. There are new faces, and with that comes potentially uncertain chemistry. But one thing that never seems to change at Notre Dame-Fairfield is its take-no-prisoners mentality.

Facing Kolbe Cathedral, a rivalry that dates back some 50 years to the old MBIAC, Notre Dame basically ran the Cougars ragged by clogging the passing lanes, crashing the backboards and running the fast break every chance they got. The end result for ND was a 76-52 romp before a packed house at the Lancers’ gym.

“I think the kids are starting to buy into the phrase ‘make the other team uncomfortable,’ ” Notre Dame coach Chris Watts said. “We’re sort of trying to live by that on defense, and whether we’re in a zone or playing man-to-man, we are making the other team uncomfortable and tonight we did a pretty decent job of doing that.”

Kolbe had to chase Notre Dame right from the start as the Lancers started clicking from the outside, with Tyler Bourne making a pair of 3s to get the Lancers going. Then Josh Reaves and Nori Davis attacked the basket and that gave ND a 22-15 lead after the opening quarter.

Five more 3s in the second quarter — two more from Bourne and three from Anthony Mongillo — were part of a 17-point quarter that had ND holding a 39-28 halftime lead.

“I liked the effort of the guys, getting up and down the floor,” Watts said. “The thing that they need to realize is that when we do get a lead, it can’t become ‘me’ basketball, it has to stay with the team because it was the team that got us the lead.”

Down double digits at halftime, Kolbe opened the third quarter by trying to accelerate the tempo even more in an effort to cut into the Lancers’ lead. That only seemed to work in ND’s favor as the margin increased to 58-40 heading into the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t really want to run with them, we stayed in a 1-2-2 (zone) to try and slow down the point guard (Bourne), but he hit some deep threes … that’s a good team,” Kolbe coach Steve Ray said. “My kids battled. I’ve got a couple of kids out and once we get them back, we’ll be better.”

Right now the Cougars are without 6-foot-4 center Quinten Sneed, who is out with an injury but could be back within a week, and Ray is also waiting on transfers Kyle Federici and John Salmon — who have to sit out 10 games before becoming eligible. But once they’re able to play, Ray is certain that Kolbe will be a team to be reckoned with.

“The calvary’s coming,” he said.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame already has a lot of horses. Bourne led the way with 19 points while Davis had 16, Woodley Monnexant added 15 and Josh Reaves had 13. Kolbe was led by Horace Edwards with 16 points and 17 rebounds and Anthony Senior also scored 16. Kevin Carbett had 10.

“A lot of these kids are getting first-time experience,” Ray said. “I have two sophomores playing the point, and a couple of kids that are playing varsity for the first time. It’s a learning process. It’s a journey and we have to keep getting better.”

celsberry@ctpost.com

ND-FAIRFIELD 76, KOLBE CATHEDRAL 52

KOLBE CATHEDRAL (2-4)

Kevin Carbett 3 3-4 10, Luckareo Alcide 2 0-0 4, Horace Edwards 8 0-3 16, Anthony Senior 8 0-1 16, Victor Billups 1 0-0 2, Samuel Muhammad 1 0-2 2, Demetrius Gordon 1 0-0 2. Isaiah Centeno 0 0-0 0, Evan Coleman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 3-10 52

ND-FAIRFIELD (4-1)

Tyler Bourne 7 0-0 19, Josh Reaves 5 2-2 13, Woodley Monnexant 7 1-1 15, Nori Davis 7 2-5 16, Anthony Mongillo 3 0-0 9, Colin Burke 1 0-0 2, Damion Medwinter 1 0-0 2, Charles Clemons 0 0-0 0, Stone Appleberg 0 0-0 0, Rodney Medor 0 0-0 0. Totals: 31 5-8 76

KOLBE CATHEDRAL 15 13 12 12—52

ND-FAIRFIELD 22 17 19 18 -- 76

3-pointers: K—Carbett; ND—Bourne 5, Mongillo 3, Reaves. Technical foul: K—Edwards