For the second week in a row the Thibodaux Tigers faced a team from their own district playing Terrebonne in the first round & now Hahnville in the second round. Thibodaux came into the playoffs as the #1 seed in 5A, but had to go on the road Tuesday night against the #17 seed who they’ve beaten twice this season.
This second round playoff matchup was suppose to be a road game for Thibodaux, but it sure didn’t seem that way. Thibodaux started the game off on a 11-4 run, but Hahnville would sustain it by only being down 35-31 at the half. Hahnville would out score Thibodaux 22-12 in the third giving them a 52-47 lead going into the fourth quarter. Hahnville guards Dylan Lorio & Tyren Lebeauf would hit two jumpers in a row to put their team up 56-47 with 6:58 left to play in the game. Thibodaux head coach Tony Clark would call a timeout & go to a full court man to man press that looked to be the reason that save their season. The Thibodaux guards created havoc with their pressure that led to some critical turnovers down the stretch for Hahnville.
Thibodaux trailed 66-65 with 27 seconds left in the game & senior Kobi Johnson would go the length of the floor to score the go ahead bucket putting his team up 67-66. Hahnville junior Dylan Lorio would go the length of the floor & try to return the favor, but couldn’t convert. Thibodaux sophomore Rashad Winslow then stepped to the line hitting his first free throw, but missed the second & got the rebound only to score to give his team a 70-66 lead with 7 seconds left to go in the game. Thibodaux would prevail winning 70-68 to advance to the quarterfinals. Senior Marvin Robertson would be clutch down the stretch hitting some key free throws late in the fourth & going 13-15 from the line for the game. Robertson led all scorers with 17 points & Rashad Winslow poured in 16 points to go with 9 rebounds for Thibodaux. Briceson Harrell led Hahnville with 12 points.
Thibodaux will take on Natchitoches-Central at home Friday night at 6:30 for a bid to get to the top 28 in Lake Charles.
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