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Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Boys Marsh Madness Finals Slated for March 8-9 on CST

Twelve teams will cut down the nets in Louisiana high school boys basketball during the state finals on March 8-9 and all the exciting action can be found on CST.

It all comes down to this for the top teams in Louisiana. Teams have been competing for championships in their respective classes and divisions this week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Boys’ Marsh Madness at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.

By Friday (March 8), the number of total teams will be trimmed to 24 that will have a shot at winning titles.

Five Baton Rouge-area defending champions were in the 48-team field: Walker (5A), Madison Prep (3A), Scotlandville (Division I), The Dunham School (Division III) and Jehovah-Jireh (Division V).

On March 7 in the semifinals, Walker plays Ouachita Parish (4:45), Scotlandville clashes with Baton Rouge Catholic (1:15) and Madison Prep faces vs. Wright (6:15).

The Dunham School defeated Riverside 79-63 in the semifinals. Ty Spurlock scored 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting (5-of-7 on 3-pointers) in the victory.

“The last couple of months I was struggling from the 3-point line,” Spurlock said to The Advocate. “I was told I should believe it will go in every time. I have confident and it did.”

Jehovah-Jireh cruised past Northside Christian 103-39 in the semifinals. Jehovah-Jireh scored 58 points on 31 turnovers.

“We started off a little slow and then we picked it up on the defensive end,” Jehovah-Jireh coach Dirk Ricks said to The Advocate. “We shot the ball much better in the second half. This group all year has been very good with attention to details.

The Dunham School will go against Metairie Park Country Day in the Division III title game on March 9 (10 a.m.).

Jehovah-Jireh will play Crescent City in the Division V title game on March 8 (10 a.m.).

As for the New Orleans area, Crescent City (Division V), a finalist last year, returned to the tournament. Sophie B. Wright (Class 3A), De La Salle (Division II), Riverside (Division III) and Country Day (Division III) were back and hoping to improve past the semifinal round.

On March 7 in the semifinals, Wright plays Madison Prep (6:15).

Crescent City punched their ticket to the title game vs. Jehovah-Jireh with a resounding 65-44 victory vs. Runnels.

Crescent City went on a 20-3 run in the second quarter to put the game out of reach.

“I think we started off flat. We had to get ourselves going a little bit. The guys started to trust and believe in each other,” Crescent City coach Shaun Dumas said to The Advocate. “We had to play the brand of basketball we play. And that’s loving each other, being there for each other and being dependable. I think once we did that, we got into a rhythm and then one thing led to another.”

De La Salle edged St. Louis 55-53 and will play St. Thomas More in the Division II title game on March 9 (2 p.m.).

De La Salle rallied in the final frame with a 12-2 run en route to winning a game in which they mostly were behind.

“One of our mantras is ‘it is all about the fourth quarter,'” De La Salle coach Paul Kelly said to The Advocate. “We never have expectations of separating early; we always talk about who is going to make the plays, who is going to find a way to separate in those last quarters.”

Metairie Park Country Day beat Episcopal 52-37 to set up the title game matchup vs. The Dunham School.

Metairie Park Country Day finished 13-of-18 at the free throw line.

“Free-throw shooting is a little contagious,” Metairie Park Country Day coach Mike McGuire said to The Advocate. “I think our guys wanted to get to the free-throw line. Some teams don’t. This team looks to get there. They want to close it out.”

Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Boys’ Marsh Madness Finals

March 8:

Division V (10 a.m.): No. 1 Jehovah-Jireh vs. No. 2 Crescent City

Division IV (noon): No. 1 Lafayette Christian vs. No. 3 Hamilton Christian

Class C (2 p.m.): No. 1 Summerfield vs. No. 2 Simpson

Class 1A (4 p.m.): No. 2 North Central vs. No. 8 KIPP Booker T. Washington

Class 2A (6 p.m.): No. 1 Rayville vs. No. 7 Port Allen

Class 4A (8 p.m.): No. 1 Bossier vs. No. 3 Breaux Bridge

 

March 9:

Division III (10 a.m.): No. 1 Dunham vs. No. 2 Metairie Park Country Day

Division I (noon): No. 1 Scotlandville/No. 5 BR Catholic vs. No. 2 St. Augustine/No. 6 Brother Martin

Division II (2 p.m.): No. 3 De La Salle vs. No. 4 St. Thomas More

Class B (4 p.m.): No. 1 Zwolle vs. No. 2 Simsboro

Class 5A (6 p.m.): No. 1 Thibodaux/No. 4 Bonnabel vs. No. 2 Ouachita/No. 3. Walker

Class 3A (8 p.m.): No. 1 Wright/No. 4 Madison Prep vs. No. 2 Peabody/No. 3 Wossman

 

Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Boys’ Marsh Madness Semifinals Results

Division V:

No. 1 Jehovah-Jireh 103, No. 4 Northside Christian 39

No. 2 Crescent City 65, No. 3 Runnels 44

 

Division IV:

No. 1 Lafayette Christian 69, No. 4 Opelousas 66

No. 3 Hamilton Christian 55, No. 2 Central Catholic 42

 

Class C:

No. 1 Summerfield 67, No. 4 Atlanta 30

No. 2 Simpson 71, No. 3 Pleasant Hill 48

 

Class 1A:

No. 8 KIPP Booker T. Washington 59, No. 4 Delhi 43

No. 2 North Central 60, No. 3 Jonesboro-Hodge 54

 

Class 2A:

No. 1 Rayville 115, No. 4. Ville Platte 52

No. 7 Port Allen 50, No. 6 Lake Arthur 46

 

Class 4A:

No. 1 Bossier 67, No. 5 Carencro 39

No. 3 Breaux Bridge 56, No. 2 Leesville 33

 

Division III:

No. 1 Dunham 79, No. 4 Riverside Academy 63

No. 2 Metairie Park Country Day 52, No. 3 Episcopal 37

 

Division II:

No. 4 St. Thomas More 57, No. 1 University Lab 41

No. 3 De La Salle 55, No. 10 St. Louis 53

 

Class B:

No. 1 Zwolle 41, No. 4. Weston 35

No. 2 Simsboro 73, No. 3 Hicks 69