LAKE CHARLES — Top-seeded Riverside Academy advanced to the Class 2A title game again, but not without getting a scare from No. 5 North Caddo.
Robert Williams made two free throws with 35.5 seconds left to cut Riverside’s lead to four points, at 73-69.
But Malik Crowfield calmly made two free throws five seconds later to help close a 79-71 victory over NCHS in a Class 2A semifinal played at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Boys Top 28 tournament on Thursday. Riverside meets Lakeview (27-5) in the 2A final set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.
A crowd of 5,790 attended Thursday’s five-game session.
Riverside (29-6) seeks its third straight 2A title and fifth in six years. Herb McGee led the Rebels with 23 points. Jordan Andrews (15), Von Julien (13) and Crowfield (10) also scored in double figures for Riverside.
Williams scored a game-high 27 points for North Caddo (26-3). Monterious Sheppard added 21.
JOHN CURTIS 72, RAYVILLE 69: Richard Durant scored a game-high 25 points, including five in the final minute to power third-seeded John Curtis.
Durant hit a game-tying 3-pointer and added two free throws with 12.1 seconds left to clinch the win for the Patriots (25-7). Kai Morgan added 21 for JCCS. Curtis advances to play University High, which beat St. Louis 50-41, in the 3A final set for 6 p.m. Saturday.
Jamarion Johnson led Rayville (31-3) with 16 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
SALMEN 56, MCDONOGH (35) 45: A 10-point third-quarter surge helped propel top-seeded Salmen into the 4A title game.
Salmen (26-5) meets No. 6 Landry-Walker (25-9), the defending champion, in the 4A title game set for 8 p.m. Saturday.
Corey Vinson led Salmen with 17 points, while Chris Vickers had 15.
and Alex Taylor had 13. DeJon Jarreau led McDonogh 35 (20-13) with 15 points. Joseph Foucha and Bryson Gresham each had 13.