After area basketball fans clamored for such a matchup a year ago, they’ll get their wish in Tuesday’s East Baton Rouge tournament championship game: No. 1 Scotlandville versus No. 2 Madison Prep Academy at 7:30 p.m.
The two teams took different routes in Monday’s semifinals at Southern’s F.G. Clark Activity Center with Scotlandville (14-1) rallying from a halftime deficit for a 61-50 victory over No. 4 Belaire.
“Belaire played well,” Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample said. “We’ve told them that teams are going to play above their heads because they want to beat us. I don’t think that’s registered with this group yet. They fought through some adversity and came back in the second half and woke up.”
Madison Prep, the tournament’s defending champion, flexed its muscles early and triumphed 83-33 over No. 6 Glen Oaks to improve to 13-3.
“We got off to a good start,” MPA coach Jeff Jones, a graduate of Glen Oaks and former assistant to Harvey Adger. “We got after it a bit and we’re going to need that against Scotlandville, which is an outstanding team. We’ll need that and then some.”
SCOTLANDVILLE 61, BELAIRE 50: The lead changed hands for the fifth time in the first half when Daryl Boyd Jr. provided Belaire with a 19-18 lead on a 3-pointer from the corner.
The Bengals (10-5) were 6 of 9 from the field the quarter, opening a 24-18 lead on the strength of an 8-0 run in which Boyd and Benjamin Percy combined for all eight points.
Scotlandville (14-1) started the third quarter on a 7-2 run with Jaylen Hawkins’ 3-pointer tying the game at 26-26 less at the 6:10 mark.
Hawkins scored nine of his game-high 20 points on three of his six treys in the quarter. Jordan Adebutu ignited a 9-0 surge with seven consecutive points and Garrick Green scored inside for a 35-28 lead.
Two straight 3-pointers from Hawkins stretched the Hornets’ lead to 43-32 with 1:13 left in the third.
Ja’Vonte Smart scored 16, while Green added 11.
Belaire, which pulled to within 48-44 with 6 minutes left, was paced by the 14 points each of Eric Matthews and Terrance Johnson.
MADISON PREP 83, GLEN OAKS 43: Leading scorer Josh Anderson’s 3-pointer touched off an 11-0 blitz to open the game en route to a 20-6 first-quarter lead.
MPA (extended its win streak to eight games, outscoring Glen Oaks (9-6) 26-10 in the second quarter for a 46-16 advantage, relying on torrid 11 of 18 shooting along with forcing the Panthers into 13 first-half turnovers.
“I knew they would come out and play tough, but our guys are a little more experienced,” Jones said. “That’s what more experienced guys are supposed to do.”
Anderson scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the first half with Jamel Robinson adding 13.
Eddie Harris led Glen Oaks with 13 and Dontrell McQuarter had 10.
MPA led 62-30 after three quarters and its largest lead of 40 points was achieved on Tasmin Walker’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds left.