LAKE CHARLES — In a rematch of the Class 5A championship game from a year ago, Scotlandville defeated Natchitoches Central 42-34 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl-LHSAA Friday night at Burton Coliseum.
Scotlandville (30-4) was led by Most Outstanding Player Ja’Vonte Smart, who finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Jordan Adebutu also added 11 points in the win.
Trailing 32-31 with 5:17 left in the game, Scotlandville ended the game on an 11-2 run. The Hornets held Natchitoches Central without a field goal in the final 5:17. The Chiefs lone points came on a pair of free throws by Danny Cohen with 26.5 seconds left.
Neither team led by more than three points until the final two minutes of the first half. Trailing 18-15, Natchitoches Central ended the first half on a 7-0 run. Marquis King’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Chiefs a 22-18 lead headed into halftime.
Natchitoches Central was led by Austin Guy’s 10 points. Cohen finished with eight points and four rebounds.
In other title games Midland defeated Anacoco 62-48 to win Class B and New Living Word beat Atlanta 61-52 to take Class C.
ANACOCO 62, MIDLAND 48: Third-seeded Anacoco ended No. 4 Midland’s bid to win back-to-back Class B state championships as it posted a victory behind Indians junior Will Reese.
Reese earned the Class B title game’s Most Outstanding Player award after leading the Indians to their first state title with a game-high 26 points and nine rebounds.
Anacoco’s Samuel Turnipseed contributed 19 points.
NEW LIVING WORD 61, ATLANTA 52: No. 3 New Living Word succeeded in winning back-to-back Class C titles with a victory against first-seeded Atlanta.
New Living Word senior center Javier Roper earned Most Outstanding Player with a 19-point, nine-rebound performance. Roper’s classmate Xavious Williams also contributed heavily with a double-double, shooting 9-for-10 from the field for 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds
“I’m proud of our team,” New Living Word coach Jerry Baldwin said. “We matched their intensity and matched their effort, and as a result, we came out as champions.”