LAKE CHARLES - Crescent City walked out of Burton Coliseum a year ago with the school's first boys basketball state championship trophy.

The Pioneers picked up right where they left off  Monday in their second trip to the LHSAA boys tournament.

Byron Joshua started it, and Devonta Harris finished it.

The duo combined for 42 points as No. 3 Crescent City beat No. 2 Grace Christian 75-61 in the Division V semifinals.

"They woke up with their uniforms on, ate breakfast and they were ready," Crescent City coach Shaun Dumas said.

The Pioneers (26-13) avenged their season-opening loss at home to the Warriors from Alexandria.

But more importantly, Crescent City will now go for a repeat in Friday's 10 a.m. championship against No. 1 Jehovah-Jireh in a rematch of last year's title game.

Monday's game ended with a skirmish as Crescent City and Grace Christian were exchanging postgame handshakes.

Keith Alexander, LHSAA assistant executive director, said the organization will review video of the incident and he expects penalties to be issues since punches were thrown. It was unclear which players from which team threw punches, but Alexander said that will be determined after reviewing the video.

Harris finished with a game-high 26 points, including 18 in the second half when he took over.

"Devonta is a firecracker," Dumas said. "He can score in bunches and can impact the game at will. We have a lot of guys on our team like that, and today was Devonta's day and he stepped up to the plate. He's been consistent like that all year. This is nothing new for us. We expect that from that kid."

Harris made 4 of 7 three-pointers.

None were bigger than the two he drained in a 40- second span in the third quarter. Grace Christian, which trailed 33-28 at halftime, had just rallied to tie it at 35-all with 3:35 left in the third.

Harris buried back-to-back 3-pointers to push Crescent City's lead back to six.

"I was feeling it," Harris said. "They were giving me the ball and they just told me to play my game and the results would come."

But it was more than just a one-man show. Crescent City center Johnny Vaughan scored four straight points to end the quarter and two more to start the fourth that stretched the lead to 48-38.

"When you see him play, he goes to work," Dumas said of Vaughan. "He's extremely smart and a high IQ kid and helps us out in so many ways and makes the right plays."

Joshua, a sophomore who was the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament as a freshman, led Crescent City in the first half with 12 points. He finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four steals. 

"It feels like home being back here," Joshua said. " I feel like this is where we belong. We worked all season through the ups and downs and fought to get here."

The Pioneers were plagued by foul trouble in the first half. Grace Christian made just six field goals in the first half but got most of their points from the free-throw line. The Warriors made 15 of 22 free throws in the first two quarters.

Terrence Smith, who finished with eight points, picked up his fourth foul with 7:03 left in the third. Teammate Glenn Rhone picked up his fourth less than two minutes later at the 5:14 mark of the quarter.

"We did an unbelievable job of weathering the storm," Dumas said. " A lot of our guys were in foul trouble, and we had to really rely on our guys on the bench who played big minutes. In the second half, we were able to play a little more aggressive. Guys just played with love and passion, and they really want to leave a legacy behind."

Grace Christian's Elijah Hampton scored 24 points and was joined in double figures by Cameron Morrison (11) and Ben Pruett (10). The Warriors (26-10) lost in the semifinals for a third consecutive year.

"I thought it was a really good game both ways," Grace Christian coach Martin Ramirez said. "We didn't get our shots like we normally do, but a lot of that has to do with Crescent City playing good defense. They are a good team, and I can't take anything from them."

Cory Johnson had a team-high six assists for the Pioneers.

Crescent City will now try to win its second straight championship while also avenging another of its regular-season losses.

"When we walked in, we felt like this was another experience to get another ring," Harris said.

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