New Living Word claims Class C boys basketball title _lowres

New Living Word's Javier Roper goes up for the slam dunk past Sicily Island's Kendrick Carr in the 1st quarter of the LHSAA boys' Class C state basketball championship game Friday, March 14, 2014, in Lake Charles, La. (AP Photo/The American Press, Rick Hickman) MANDATORY CREDIT

LAKE CHARLES — New Living Word defeated Sicily Island 91-72 in the Class C title game Friday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Boys Top 28 tournament.

Javier Roper and Tracy Hampton each scored 28 points to lead the Ruston-based Lions (32-9) to their first state title. Devion Dunbar led Sicily Island (24-15) with 25.