William Lloyd had a lot to say before he walked onto the Madison Prep basketball court for the final time.
As one of six seniors, Lloyd called a players-only meeting before the No. 1-seeded Chargers’ game against No. 8 Many in the Class 2A boys basketball quarterfinal playoffs game Friday, when he told them what it meant to be a part of the program and how thankful he was for the past three years.
“Coming over here as a sophomore, I didn’t know what I would be doing at this time,” Lloyd said. “Now, I feel like I came into a place I can call home.
It was an special moment for him, but once he stepped on the court, the only thing that mattered was getting the win.
Lloyd and the top-seeded Chargers didn’t just win his final home game, they dominated in a 80-26 victory.
“I was glad the kids came out and played hard and played with a sense of urgency and put this one away early,” Madison Prep coach Jeffery Jones said.
“We’ve got six seniors, and this was our opportunity to take our fourth consecutive trip to the Top 28, so we were motivated to send those seniors on top.”
Lloyd finished as the Chargers’ second leading scorer with 12 points and finished one rebound shy of a double-double. He missed one shot all night.
Josh Anderson led both teams with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
Madison Prep didn’t waste any time jumping on top of the Tigers, opening with a 13-0 run. It wasn’t until a minute left in the first quarter that Many put its first points on the board.
Many coach Ryan Vines said the slow start wasn’t so much nerves as the Tigers simply were un able to compete with the Chargers’ length and athleticism. Many looked slightly more composed as the game went on but never settled into any kind of a rhythm.
Many turned the ball over 21 times, setting up Madison Prep for 22 points off turnovers.
The Tigers shot 10-for-46 from the floor and never broke double-digit scoring in any quarter.
“We could never get an open shot, lack of rebounding. We could never get a rebound — that just wore on us and was hard to overcome,” Vines said. “We had never really seen that kind of length or athleticism.”
Madison Prep moves to the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Boys Top 28 Basketball Tournament in Lake Charles where it’ll meet No. 4 North Caddo in the semifinals for a chance at the a 2A state championship in its first season in the classification.