LAKE CHARLES — Third-seeded Lafayette Christian earned its first berth in a state final with a 72-59 victory against second-seeded Arcadia on Wednesday in the second Class 1A semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Boys Top 28 tournament in Burton Coliseum.
After a slow start, the Knights used a second-half rally behind juniors Jacob and Kalob LeDoux and freshman Greg Williams to run away from the Hornets.
“We withstood that punch in the first half, and we came out to the second half and made some adjustments, and it paid off for us,” Lafayette Christian coach Byron Starks said. “I just told our guys to stay patient and do what we do and eventually the ball would fall our way.”
Kalob LeDoux led the Knights with a game-high 30 points and seven rebounds while his brother Jacob contributed 16 points and Williams added 13 points.
“I began feeling more confident with my shot (in the second half),” Kalob LeDoux said. “I didn’t shoot much in the first half, so I needed to make it up in the second half.”
The showdown between Lafayette Christian and Madison Prep for the Class 1A title will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Arcadia displayed a balanced offense with three players scoring in double digits. Arcadia senior Eric Brown led the way with 15 points, followed by sophomore Anthony Boston with 13 points and junior Danquarian Fields with 10 points.
Lafayette Christian struggled offensively in the first half and went to the locker room trailing 28-24.
“We did a great job in the first half of slowing (Lafayette Christian) down by playing zone and matching up out of our zone,” Arcadia coach Marcus Jackson said. “They weren’t able to get to the speed that they normally want to play.”
But the Knights came out in a flurry in the third quarter, starting it on an 8-0 run to take the lead and never looking back on its way to a period in which it shot 75 percent from the field and outscored the Hornets 29-12.
Starks said the opportunity to play against the team that beat them last year gives the Knights a bit of extra incentive going into the final game.
“If you’re a true competitor, then it does,” Starks said. “We all play this game to compete. These guys go in everyday wanting to play the best. We played some of the best competition in the state this year, and it will be fitting that Madison Prep is the top of our class.”
MIDLAND 67, FLORIEN 50: Traven Guidry scored 22 points as the defending state champions, a No. 4 seed, knocked off top-seeded Florien in the Class B semifinals.
Devin Gautreaux scored 18 points and Randy Primeaux had 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Midland.
The Rebels (25-5) led just 42-38 at the end of the third quarter but exploded in the fourth when they outscored the Black Cats 25-12 to pull away.
Midland beat Fairview 61-51 in last year’s title game. Bailey Walker and Anthony Kimbrough scored 13 points each to lead the Black Cats (33-7).
ANACOCO 65, FAIRVIEW 55: Third-seeded Anacoco made its move in the fourth quarter.
The Indians trailed by nine points going into the fourth quarter, but they used a 14-4 run to take a 55-54 lead with 2:48 remaining and never looked back. Anacoco outscored the Panthers 25-6 in the final period.
Anacoco junior Will Reese provided the spark the Indians needed with 13 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 26 points. Fairview junior Brennan led the Panthers with 25 points.
AHS returns to the Burton Coliseum to take on No. 4 Midland in the Class B state championship game at 6 p.m. Friday