Tuesday's Landry-Walker vs. Country Day game in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic was expected to be one of the tournament's best games.
It matched two of the New Orleans areas most successful programs in Landry-Walker, which won the Class 5A state championship last season, and Country Day, which captured the 2A title.
The game was played but the showdown never materialized, as Country Day coach Mike McGuire suspended four Cajuns starters for discipline reasons. The Charging Buccaneers won 67-36 at the Alario Center.
“Just disciplinary reasons,” said McGuire, who said he didn't want to expand on it. “They just weren't following team rules. We had to let the younger guys play. They got some good experience against a really quality team.”
The tournament runs until Saturday, when all four of the tournament's boys and girls championship games will be played.
Guard/forward Shawn Royal was the only Country Day regular starter on the court. He was joined in the starting lineup by guards Nicky Corchiani and Jacob Mushatt and forwards Christian Becnel and Daniel Conwill. McGuire substituted liberally, the solace being they received a lot of experience they would not have gotten.
Landry-Walker coach Wilferd Bird Antoine said the move caught him off guard, and that it changed his approach with his team somewhat.
“Whether they had the starters are not, we wanted to come out with a lot of effort, pick up our intensity on the defensive end,” he said. “And, I thought they did that. That created a lot of easy layups for us. We wanted to work on playing with more effort than the other team. But once we got up big, we rotated a lof of guys in and gave our starters some rest to get ready for the next game.”
The Buccaneers (15-5) quickly ran out to a comfortable lead. Leading 4-3, Landry-Walker scored eight consecutive points, then finished the quarter on a 7-0 run for a 19-5 lead.
The Bucs, also substituting often, led 24-5 on a 3-pointer by point guard Jason Joseph and led 33-9 at halftime. At halftime, Landry-Walker power forward Breshaun Delpit had eight points and guards Shadon Green and Tory Cargo seven each.
Country Day showed some life in the third quarter, although it ended with the Bucs leading 54-21.
Dywan Griffin led Landry-Walker with 13 points, followed by Delpit with 10 and Tory Cargo with nine.
Point guard Nicky Christiani led the Cajuns (9-7) with 13, all of it coming in the second half. Royal scored 10.
Landry-Walker will play again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against the winner of Wednesday's West St. John-Kissimmee (Fla.) game. Country Day will play the loser in an elimination bracker game at 4 p.m.