A few days before his big game at Chalmette, Landry-Walker guard Lamar Peters heard some chatter on social media that he wouldn’t be able to match some of the big numbers he put up in previous games this season.
He put an end to that talk fairly early Tuesday night.
The Mississippi State commitment scored 40 points and knocked down 12 3-pointers to help Landry-Walker (11-7, 3-0 District 8-5A) rout Chalmette in the second half and cruise to a 91-60 road win on the road.
“They had something going on on Snapchat, a student from Chalmette said, ‘Lamar Peters will not score 10 points on us,’ ” Peters said. “I felt like I had to work on my game, get some extra shots up and prove I’m a good player.”
After winning back-to-back state championships in Class 4A, many questioned how a move to Class 8-5A this season would affect Landry-Walker — the No. 5 team in the New Orleans Advocate Boys Super 10.
The Charging Bucs (11-7, 3-0) faced their biggest district test to date Tuesday and passed it with flying colors.
While Peters’ night on offense was a huge factor in the win, Landry-Walker coach Brian Gibson said limiting Chalmette 7-footer Mitchell Robinson was a major key in the win.
The Texas A&M commitment ended up with 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
“One of the things we said coming in is we didn’t want to give (Robinson) easy touches,” Gibson said. “He got a couple putbacks, but for the most part, we limited that because we doubled him every time he got it.”
The Charging Bucs came out firing, with Peters drilling five 3-pointers in the first quarter and Landry-Waker making six as a team.
The Owls (18-6, 3-1), sixth in the New Orleans Advocate Boys Super 10, shifted their defensive focus more toward Peters in the second quarter, and the senior started cooling, but Chalmette’s offense was stagnate and unable to cut its deficit any lower than five points.
Peters finished with 20 points in the first two quarters and Landry-Walker took a 32-26 lead into halftime.
“We knew they were going to play hard because they had Robinson, and all we had to do is come out and play hard,” said Landry-Walker guard Lamont Berzat, who finished with 11 points. “All we were focused on was limiting Robinson and making shots down the stretch.”
While offense helped them build a lead in the first half, Landry-Walker blew the game open in the third quarter with its stingy defense, and Chalmette had no answer.
The Charging Bucs outscored the Owls 29-8 in the period as the Landry-Walker lead ballooned to 61-34 after the third.
After three quarters, Peters had more points (35) than the entire Owls team (34).
“I’ve said it all along that (Peters) is the best player in the state,” Gibson said. “It was good he had a chance to come out here. We knew (Robinson) was going to be an outstanding player, but there is no player like (Peters).”