The Patriots got off to a good start versus Edna Karr leading 15-12 after the first quarter with two big time dunks by Dionjahe Thomas that got the crowd into it early in “The House of Pain”.
The Cougars would step it up in the second taking a 23-21 lead going into halftime.
In the third, the Cougars extended their lead to 45-34 going into the fourth. Keith Jones & Shyves Johnson was critical to the Cougars run scoring 6 points a piece in the quarter.
The Patriots went on a 13-4 run in the fourth to give them their first lead since the second quarter 51-49 with 3:31 left after two free throws by Dionjahe Thomas. Thomas scored 16 of his game high 31 points in the fourth quarter to help the Patriots pull out a nail biter 57-53.
Dionjahe Thomas led all scorers with 31 points, 16 rebounds, & 4 blocks. And O’Ryan James finished with 7 points for the Patriots.
Leland Smith led the Cougars with 13 points. The Patriots will travel to Shreveport on Friday to take the #3 seed Woodlawn-Shreveport with a chance to advance to the Semifinals in Lake Charles.
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