RESERVE — Denham Springs High had to work overtime to do it. But the 23rd-seeded Yellow Jackets upset No. 10 East St. John 75-72 in overtime in a Class 5A action that helped open the LHSAA’s boys basketball playoffs Friday night.
The Yellow Jackets (23-8) outscored the Wildcats (22-11) 22-12 in the fourth quarter as the teams ended regulation tied 66-66. Zach Davidson pushed his career scoring total to 1,003 points as he led DSHS with 24. Torez Kinchen (21), Tuwian Starks (15) and Monteiro Whitley (10) were also in double figures. Denham Springs will host No. 7 C.E. Byrd in the second round.
DONALDSONVILLE 57, MARKSVILLE 56: No. 25 Donaldsonville (21-8) got 14 points each from Aaron Julian and Braxton Bernard in their upset road win over No. 8 Marksville (21-6) in Class 3A. John Batiste led Marksville with 21. Donaldsonville will play at no.9 Port Allen in the second round.
UNIVERSITY 69, LUSHER CHARTER 42: Defending Class 3A state champion and top seed University High led 33-19 at the half before putting away No. 32 Lusher Charter. Led by D.J. White (20 points) and Wayde Sims (15), the Cubs (30-3) had 10 different players score. U-High will host no.16 Madison, a 67-47 winner over Ville Platte, in second round play.
MADISON PREP 107, ST. MARY’S 45: Top-seeded Madison Prep (32-1) made 10 3-pointers in a runaway win over No. 32 St. Mary’s-Natchitoches (10-20) in 1A action. Christion Thompson (15 points) led a balanced attack for the Chargers. Also contributing were Brandon Sampson (13), Jalen Brown (12), Josh Anderson (11) and Colby Julien (10). Madison Prep led 50-17 at halftime.
EPISCOPAL 77, HAYNES ACADEMY 43: Third-seeded Episcopal (29-2) led 64-29 after three quarters, and cruised past No. 30 Haynes in Class 2A. Chris Beckman, Jr., led Episcopal with 20 points, and made three of the Knights eight 3-pointers. Abdul Kandil topped Haynes with 18.
PLAQUEMINE 57, MORGAN CITY 37: Fourth-seeded PHS (24-6) pulled away from No. 29 Morgan City in the second half of its Class 4A playoff game. Charleston Spears and D.J. Marshall each scored 14 points for Plaquemine, which hosts No. 13 St. Thomas More in second round play.
ST. MICHAEL 72, BOLTON 56: Led by Jacob Evans’ 21 points, five Warriors scored in double figures for 10th-seeded St. Michael (25-6). Also helping the Warriors extend their stay in the Class 4A playoffs were Nick Arcemont (15), Michael Alfred (13), David Ventress (12) and Michael Miketinas (11). St. Michael outscored the Bears 16-8 in the second quarter to create separation. Ken Casey topped no.23 Bolton (15-10) with 17.
ST. PAUL’S 71, McKINLEY 65: Timothy Bedford and Harrison Prieto scored 21 points apiece to lead 16th-seeded St. Paul’s (23-7) past No. 17 McKinley (21-13) in Class 5A. St. Paul’s was up 46-44 entering the fourth quarter and used good foul shooting to push its lead to as many as 11. Keion Brown (21 points) and Kyle Woods (14) were McKinley’s leaders.
TENSAS 62, EAST IBERVILLE 61: No. 17 Tensas erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to nip 16th-seeded East Iberville. EIHS led 43-35 after three quarters, but fell as Tensas outscored the Tigers 27-18. Grant Jackson, Jamal Frazier and Lamonte Bass had 11 apiece for Tensas. Quantae Johnson scored 22 for EIHS. The Panthers host Madison Prep in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.
SOUTHERN LAB 74, VARNADO 46: Eighth-seeded Southern Lab kept No. 25 Varnado’s offense in check for three quarters in a match-up of District 6-1A rivals. The Kittens will host ninth-seeded Delhi in second-round Class 1A action.
FAMILY CHRISTIAN 73, EBARB 59: Family Christian, seeded 14th in Class C, outscored No. 19 Ebarb 19-6 in the third quarter to set up its Class C win. FCA dominated first-quarter play, but Ebarb came back in the second, and trailed 34-30 at the half. Tyler Anderson scored 33 for Ebarb. Jacoby Hitchens led FCA with 19.
DUNHAM 60, STERLINGTON 35: In Class 2A, Trey Scott made five 3-pointers, and scored 26 points to lead No. 14 Dunham over No. 19 Sterlington. Dunham outscored the Panthers 38-21 in the second half. Samaj Colvin scored 10 for Sterlington. Dunham advances to play at 6-2A rival no.3 Episcopal.
WHITE CASTLE 73, NORTH CENTRAL 47: Sixth-seeded White Castle (25-7) advanced in the 1A playoffs after No. 27 North Central stayed close for a quarter. Jacorey Washington (20 points) and Samson Westley (18) were the Bulldogs’ leaders.
JEHOVAH-JIREH 102, EPPS 63: Jehovah-Jireh, seeded 10th in Class C, raced out to a 29-6 lead over no. 23 Epps, and went on to crush the Panthers. Five Warriors scored in double figures for Jehovah-Jireh (22-9), which plays at No.7 Reeves in the second round.