Sophomore Greg Williams took a secondary role behind teammates Jacob and Kalob LeDoux most of the night.
But Williams made the second of two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to give Lafayette Christian a 53-52 victory over host Madison Prep to close Madison Prep’s Hall of Fame Basketball Classic on Saturday night.
“He normally doesn’t miss free throws, and when he missed the first one, I was a little nervous,” LCA coach Byron Starks said. “But he settled in and made the next one.
“This was about toughness. It was our fourth game this week, and it wasn’t our best. But we got just enough.”
The LCA-Madison Prep game closed a schedule of eight boys games played at Southern University’s F.G. Clark Center. Southern Lab’s Dexter Dennis made a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but McKinley came away with a 31-30 victory in the seventh game.
Kalob LeDoux scored a game-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers for Class 1A Lafayette Christian (19-3). Twin Jacob LeDoux added 15. William Lloyd led 2A Madison Prep (17-4) with 13 points. The win was LCA’s second over Madison Prep this season. Last spring, Madison Prep beat the Knights to win the 1A state title.
“It’s a point of pride,” Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones said. “They’re like the teams we’ll see in the playoffs. We made mistakes at critical junctures of the game. The LeDoux twins did a fantastic job and wouldn’t let their team lose.”
Lafayette Christian led early, but MPA outscored the Knights 14-5 in the second quarter to take control. An early 6-0 run that included two baskets by Josh Anderson pushed Madison Prep’s lead to 28-17 midway through the third quarter.
LCA kept chipping away. One of Kalob LeDoux’s 3-pointers cut Madison Prep’s lead to 33-29 going into the final quarter.
The Chargers led by as much as seven points in the fourth quarter but were outscored 16-9 in the final four minutes. Williams made the go-ahead basket near the goal and added a free throw to give the Knights a 48-46 lead with 1:46 remaining.
A 3-pointer by Jharon Whitfield tied it at 52-52 with 9.8 seconds left for MPA. The Chargers had one final chance but turned the ball on after Williams’ game-winning free throw.
MCKINLEY 31, SOUTHERN LAB 30: Southern Lab went more than 10 minutes without scoring in the first half. McKinley (11-8) scored one point in the third quarter and that came on a free throw with 1.1 seconds left.
“Southern Lab had a game last night, and they wanted to preserve a little energy,” McKinley coach Harold Boudreaux said. “They did a good job of slowing it down. We battled, and I thought both teams played extremely hard. We still need to play smarter.”
McKinley’s Tyrece Radford scored a game-high 12 points, while Dennis had 10 for Southern Lab (15-7).
Southern Lab scored two baskets and made two free throws in the first two minutes and led 6-2. SLHS scored just two points during the rest of the half. The Panthers took a 10-6 lead into the second quarter.
Radford scored six of his eight points first-half points in the second quarter. And MHS led 18-8 at the half. Despite scoring just one point in the third period, McKinley led 19-13 when the fourth quarter began. Southern Lab grabbed a 23-21 lead on Tyriq Matthews’ jumper from the free-throw line.
Two free throws by Michael Hill gave McKinley the lead for good at 27-25 with 1:30 left.