NEW ORLEANS — McDonogh 35 closed out its Class 4A semifinal against No. 4 Plaquemine with a 15-1 run as the Roneagles stunned the Green Devils 39-34.
Justin King’s four free throws in the final minute sealed the win for No. 12 McDonogh 35 (23-12), which held Plaquemine (25-7) to one point in the fourth quarter.
“We came apart when it counted,” PHS coach Donald Ray Johnson said. “We needed to play hard the entire game, and we didn’t take care of business. We knew what needed to be done, and couldn’t finish the game strong.”
Plaquemine played well early, and took a 24-12 lead into halftime. Lewis Conerly led Plaquemine with nine points. D.J. Marshall added seven, and Darwin James contributed eight points and four steals.
RIVERSIDE ACADEMY 92, RUNNELS 57: In Reserve, the top-seeded Rebels overcame poor shooting in a big way as it ousted No. 8 Runnels in Class 2A quarterfinal action.
The Rebels (26-6) shot 30 percent from the field, but had no trouble earning their sixth consecutive trip to the LHSAA Boys Top 28 Tournament.
Runnels (19-13) struggled against the Riverside press, and didn’t score until less than a minute remained in the opening quarter. Grant Welch led Runnels with 20 points while Hampton Hudson and Mohammed Pirzadoh added 11 each.
“We knew that they were good shooters,” Runnels coach Ben Young said. “We tried to throw something a little different at them with the zones. For the most part, it worked in the first quarter, but they’re good. They’re just relentless.”
Riverside was led by Malik Crowfield’s 24, and Jordan Andrews’ 17 points.