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Walker turned the 5A state championship into a classic one to say the least by coming back from down 8 with a little over a minute left in the 4th to tie the game & force overtime. Some clutch free throws from the freshman Brian Thomas with 20 seconds left to go in the 4th gave the Wildcats another life to still have a chance to give the school it’s first ever state championship. Landry Walker was very uncharacteristic down the stretch turning the ball over on 3 straight possessions. Walker would take advantage of the Charging Bucs’ miscues & get control in overtime to pull away to win 62-57 in dramatic fashion.
Freshman Brian Thomas led all scorers with 20 points & was named most outstanding player for Walker. Sophomore Jalen Cook was big late in the 4th for Walker making some timely buckets & finishing the game with 16 points. Tory Cargo led Landry Walker with 13 points.
Carencro won the 4A state championship in dramatic fashion beating Woodlawn-Shreveport 75-73. The game came down to the last possession when Jalen Brooks missed the game winning three pointer as time expired. Carencro showed extreme poise down the stretch getting key stops & timely buckets. Lou Despanie & Jeremiah August led Carencro with 19 points a piece. Jalen Brooks led all scorers with 20 points & Tra’Michael Moton poured in 17 points for Woodlawn-Shreveport.
Madison Prep advanced to the championship game after a convincing win over Woosman 62-47. Early on the Chargers seemed locked in & ready to set a statement to make sure they get to the championship game in their 1st year in 3A. Josh LeBlanc led all scorers with 17 points & Tyrese Walker chipped in 10 for Madison Prep.
Rayville clearly showed why they are one of the best teams in the state regardless of class after beating North Caddo 79-51 to win the 2A state championship. The unselfish play from the Hornets has been one of the reasons why this team has been so tough to beat all season. Mylik Wilson finished the game with 25 points & MVP honors in front of a bevy of college coaches like Patrick Ewing & Will Wade. Rashad Naylor chipped in 15 points for Rayville & did a excellent job controlling the tempo of the game along with his stifling defense. Chris Thomas led North Caddo with 25 points.
In their first year in 3A, Madison Prep wins the state championship in convincing fashion over powerhouse Peabody 69-50. Even though Madison Prep was the #1 seed, many believed Peabody would be the team that wins it all. The Chargers’ pressure man to man defense seem to disrupt everything that Peabody wanted to do on offense & it would eventually be the deciding factor why the game got out of hand in the second half.
This makes the 4th state championship in row for Madison Prep & I think it’s safe to say this is a dynasty in the making. Josh LeBlanc was terrific throughout the whole top 28 & led Madison Prep with 19 points in front of his future coach Patrick Ewing. Tyrese Walker, who is the glue guy on the team finished with 17 points & his pressure defense gave Peabody fits all night. Kyron Gibson had a hell of a game for Peabody leading them in scoring with 21 points in a losing effort.