The Dunham School got off to a fast start. But it was a fantastic finish that gave the Tigers a 58-51 victory over archrival Episcopal on Saturday night at Parkview Baptist.
The boys basketball playoff was played to determine which of the District 8-2A co-champions would get the additional LHSAA power point given to a district champion going into the Class 2A playoffs.
The teams split their two games during the regular season and agreed on the 8-2A playoff after both won their final district games Friday night.
Dunham (28-5) grabbed the early lead and held it most of the way.
But Episcopal (28-5) rallied and led by five points with two minutes remaining. Jordan Wright, who scored a team-high 18 points, hit a 3-pointer to ignite the Tigers’ rally.
Mike Williams gave Dunham the lead with a layup. Ben Bernhard added two free throws to help the Tigers clinch the win.
“It was a great game and the atmosphere was fantastic,” Dunham coach Jonathan Pixley said.
“I doubt we’ll see anything like that atmosphere in the playoffs.”
E.J. Hitchens added 10 points for the Tigers.
Kevin Tripeaux scored a game-high 19 points for Episcopal. The Knights got 12 points from Sam Rotenburg and 11 from Chris Beckman Jr.