LAKE CHARLES — Landry-Walker returned to Burton Coliseum on Thursday for the fourth time in five years.
The Charging Buccaneers did what they always do when they get there.
They found a way to win.
No. 3 Landry-Walker prevailed 60-57 over No. 2 Ouachita Parish in the Class 5A semifinals of the LHSAA boys basketball tournament.
Landry-Walker (25-6) now gets a chance to defend its Class 5A championship when it plays at 8 p.m. Saturday against No. 4 Walker, which knocked off top seed Natchitoches Central.
"We've got to carry the name, get that ring," Landry-Walker guard Sha'don Green said.
The Charging Buccaneers are now 7-0 in Burton Coliseum at the state tournament after winning state championships in 2014, 2015 and a season ago.
"This is like our second home," Landry-Walker coach Wilfred Antoine said. "It's just about being locked in mentally."
Antoine, in his first-season as head coach, was an assistant under Brian Gibson on thosep three trips to Lake Charles when Landry-Walker brought trophies back to the West Bank.
The coach may have changed, but the results were still the same.
The Charging Bucs used a balanced scoring attack to get back to the final.
Green finished with a team-high 14 points. Dywan Griffin scored 11, and Semaj Matthews and Tory Cargo finished with 10 points apiece.
Green made a pair of free throws with 5.2 seconds left to give his team a 3-point cushion.
"This is what I live for," Green said to himself as he stepped to the line in the waning seconds.
Ouachita Parish (26-3) got one final shot off, but it was way short.
"We gave it all we had," Ouachita coach Jeremy Madison said. "We just came up a little short. A couple missed free throws here, missed shots around the basket there, loose balls went their way tonight. Hats off to Landry-Walker."
Paul King's 20 points led the Lions.
The see-saw game was tied at 51 with 3:17 left, before Landry-Walker finally got some separation. Matthews scored in the lane, Breshaun Delpit followed with a dunk and Griffin hit a pair of free throws for a 6-0 run that put the Charging Bucs ahead for good.
Landry-Walker ended the game just like they started it.
The Charging Bucs scored the first six points, then got outscored 15-3 the rest of the quarter and trailed 15-9 after one. Landry-Walker responded in the second by starting on an 8-0 run, highlighted by consecutive 3-pointers by Sha-don Green and Tory Cargo. The game was close for the remainder of the half. It stayed close throughout the third that ended with Landry-Walker ahead 43-41.
But it was Landry-Walker's finish that sealed it.
"We are always going to make the last run," Antoine said. "We threw the first punch. They came back and punched us back. But we made the last run and sealed the ballgame."