Senior Jalen Cook (LSU signee) showed why he’s the best player state in their quarterfinal matchup versus H.L Bourgeois scoring 25 of his game high 30 points in the first half.
After the first quarter Walker led 14-9, but after that they would go on a tear led by Cook going up 47-24 at the half. Cook would knockdown six three pointers in the quarter. Two sport athlete Brian Thomas converted a high flying dunk that gave the Wildcats a whole lot of momentum going into the half as well.
In the second half the Braves could never overcome the huge deficit & Walker would never look back winning the game 82-59. The Wildcats would advance to the top 28 for the third straight year hoping to repeat as state champions like in 2018.
Jalen Cook led all scorers with 30 points for Walker, Brian Thomas poured in 22 points, & Donald Butlerfinished with 19 points.
Deondre Buggage closed out a spectacular career leading the Braves with 25 points.
Walker will take on number 4 Bonnabel Wednesday night in the semifinals at 8 pm.
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The defending 4A state champions overcame Ellender’s third quarter rally after being up 20 points. The Patriots was able to cut into the lead trailing 49-44 after a long three pointer by senior Nykee Johnson. But the Tigers were able to withstand the run because of some key baskets by senior Deandre Hypolite who scored 7 points in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers looked like they would run away with this one after leading 33-17 at the half. Junior Kyser Patt was a big reason why the Tigers were able to jump out on the Patriots with 13 points in the first half that included three 3-pointers.
Hot shooting from behind the arc was the difference for the Tigers connecting on eight 3-pointers for the game.
If the Tigers can continue to shoot the ball at a high level & control the glass the way that they usually do, they should have a legitimate shot to repeat as 4A state champions.
Senior Deandre Hypolite led all scorers with 21 points & 13 rebounds for the Tigers. Junior Kyser Patt finished with 17 points & senior Dalton Alexander added 16 points.
Sophomore Dionjahe Thomas & senior Nykee Johnson led Ellender with 16 points a piece.
Breaux Bridge will take on number 7 Salmen Friday night at home with the chance to make it back to the top 28 for the second year in a row.
Everyone knows in sports it’s hard to beat a team three times, but the Hahnville Tigers made it a point not to let that cliche stand in their way of advancing.
Hahnville came into the playoffs as the number 10 seed & Thibodaux the number 23 seed.
Hahnville was in control much of the game up until the fourth quarter leading 50-35 with a little over six minutes left in regulation. Thibodaux would fight back to go on a 15-3 run to make it 53-52 with just over three minutes left to play. Thibodaux Senior Kyren Lacy would be called for a technical foul which led to five straight free throw makes by Hahnville putting them up 58-52 with 2:16 left in the game.
Senior J’Mari Carter would then knockdown a big corner three for Thibodaux to make it 58-55. With 22 seconds left in the game senior Kyren Lacy would knockdown a deep three for Thibodaux cutting the lead to 62-60.
Sophomore Tyren LeBeauf would hit 1 of 2 free throws making it 63-60 with 14 seconds left in the game. Thibodaux would get possession, but senior Tyren Young was hit with a technical foul after he called for a timeout with none remaining in the game.
LeBeauf would go to the line & hit 2 of 2 to help Hahnville close the door to win the game 65-60.
Junior Kaden Pierre led all scorers with 18 points, 13 rebounds, & 2 blocks for Hahnville. Junior Claudell Harris& sophomore Tyren LeBeauf both finished with 14 points a piece.
Senior J’Mari Carter led Thibodaux with 18 points & senior Kyren Lacy finished with 15 points.
Hahnville will travel to number 7 Ponchatoula on Tuesday for the second round of the playoffs. If Hahnville wins they’ll have to travel to #2 Ouachita on Friday for the quarter-finals.
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