LAKE CHARLES — Riverside Academy won its third straight Class 2A state championship with an 85-60 victory over Lakeview at the LHSAA Top 28 boys tournament Saturday at Burton Coliseum.
Most Outstanding Player Jordan Andrews finished with a game-high 19 points to pace Riverside (30-6). Herb McGee and Charvon Julien each had 17 points and Jared Butler and Malik Crowfield added 10. A crowd of 6,676 attended Saturday’s four-game session, giving the five-day tourney a combined crowd of 29,848.
A physical game which saw tournament officials stop the game to discuss with the officials and the replacement of an official with LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine to start the second half, Riverside never trailed. 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.
Tay Hardy led Lakeview (26-6) with 18 points, while Malik Metoyer and Cameron Pottain each had 12 points.
LANDRY-WALKER 37, SALMEN 35: Keytaon Thompson’s bucket at the buzzer gave Landry-Walker its second straight 4A title in the final game of the five-day tournament.
Thompson was named Most Outstanding Player after scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Kahlil Williams led Landry-Walker with 12 points.
Trailing 18-11 after a physical half, Landry-Walker opened the second half on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 18-18. Salmen responded with back-to-back buckets by Vickers and Vinson to regain the lead at 22-18.
Landry-Walker took a brief 31-28 lead in the fourth quarter, but Salmen answered with a 6-0 run all via free throws to take the lead back at 34-31.
A low-scoring affair in the first half, Salmen led 10-6 after the first eight minutes and held Landry-Walker (22-10) to only five points in the second quarter. The story of the game in the first half was the Salmen defensive effort. Despite being out-rebounded 9-4 in the first-half, Salmen held the Chargin’ Bucs to only three made field goals on only 10 attempts.
Salmen (29-6) was led by Corey Vinson’s 12 points.