LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP)—Riverside Academy captured their third straight state championship with an 85-60 win over Lakeview in the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Class 2A Championship Saturday afternoon in Lake Charles.
Riverside (30-6) was led by Most Outstanding Player Jordan Andrews who finished with a game-high 19 points. Herb McGee and Charvon Julien each had 17 points and Jared Butler and Malik Crowfield added 10 points apiece in the win.
A physical game which saw tournament officials stop the game to discuss with the officials and the replacement of an official to start the second half, Riverside never trailed in the game. The Runnin’ Rebels broke out to a quick 16-6 lead. The lead would grow to as much as 23-16 at the end of the first quarter on a bucket by Julien.
Lakeview would get as close as 27-22 with 5:54 to go in the second quarter and 39-34 with 1:34 to go in the half. Riverside ended the first half on a 10-2 run to take a 49-36 lead into the halftime locker room.
The Gators cut the lead to eight points on two occasions in the second half, but that would be as close as they would come.
The three consecutive state championship for Riverside is the first time a Louisiana boys squad has captured at least three consecutive titles since Reserve Christian captured four consecutive from 2006-2009. Riverside Head Coach Timmy Byrd was the head coach at Reserve Christian during that title run.
Lakeview (26-6) was led by Tivonte Hardy’s 18 points Malik Metoyer and Cameron Pottain each had 12 points.