It looked like Christian Life Academy was all but out of it. The Crusaders trailed by 10 points with 2:09 remaining in the game.
Johnathan Stove capped an intense rally by sinking a high-arcing jumper with two seconds left to give Christian Life a 51-50 victory over Madison Prep. The meeting of small-school powers capped the Hall of Fame Classic.
“I had a chance to make a shot like that one earlier this year and I missed it,” Stove said. “My brother told me to keep working hard and I’d get another chance. I wanted to make the most of it.”
Stove scored a game-high 22 points for second-ranked Christian Life (19-5), of Class 1A. Stove’s efforts helped offset the play MP’s Brandon Sampson and LSU signee Jarell Martin. Sampson had 18 and Martin chipped in 13 for the Chargers (32-6), the top-ranked Class B-C team.
Meanwhile, the state’s top-ranked Class 5A team, Scotlandville, used balanced scoring to run away with a 70-42 victory over 3A Parkview Baptist in other evening showcase game played Saturday night at Baton Rouge Community College’s Bonne Sante’ Wellness Center.
Tre’Lun Banks scored 19 points, while Brian Bridgewater and Ezekiel Brown each added 13 for the Hornets (24-2). Parkview’s James Thompson scored a game-high 21.
The CLA-Madison Prep and Scotlandville-PBS capped a five-game Hall of Fame schedule.
“You know, we’re still a work in progress,” Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample said. “Overall, I was pleased with the effort. Parkview came out ready and pushed us early, but we found a way to handle it.”
SCOTLANDVILLE 70, PARKVIEW BAPTIST 42: The game was close early with the Eagles’ 6-8 Thompson battling in the lane with Scotlandville’s 6-8 Damien Jones and 6-5 Bridgewater.
Scotlandville led by four points, at 19-15, going into the second quarter. That’s when Banks and the Hornets started taking control. Scotlandville outscored PBS 14-6 in the quarter to open up a 10-points halftime lead.
Though the big men had their moments, including back-to-back third-quarter dunks by Jones, Scotlandville’s effort was buoyed by its guard play.
Banks, Brown and Vincent Sanders also played key roles in the third-quarter charge that allowed the Hornets to put the game out of reach. Banks scored six points in the third period, Sanders had a 3-pointer and Brown had a layup off a turnover. Sanders added nine points for Scotlandville. Will Jones finished with 12 for PBS.
By the end of the third quarter, Scotlandville led 52-33. It was the second loss in as many nights to a ranked team for Parkview (13-10), which lost 62-33 to District 7-3A rival Glen Oaks, rated No. 8, in 3A.
“It’s tough to go back-to-back like this,” PBS coach Don Green said. “But games like this are something you can learn from, especially if you go into them with the right attitude. And I think we did.”
CHRISTIAN LIFE 51, MADISON PREP 50: CLA, the defending 1A state champion, led by as much as 10 points in the early going. Sampson powered a surge that did more than just rally Class B Madison Prep.
Sampson hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key right before the halftime buzzer to give the Chargers a 27-26 lead.
It literally was more of the same as Sampson opened the third quarter with another 3-pointer. The Chargers built an eight-point lead. Christian Life made 2-of-8 early in the third quarter as MP got into foul trouble that put the 6-9 Martin on the bench.
R.J. Hertzog made a jumper in the lane and a free throw to get CLA within two, at 38-36, with 1:01 left. Hertzog added 11 points for the Crusaders.
“It was very important for us to come here and play well,” Christian Life coach Mark Cascio said. “We never gave up and kept up the intensity.”
“It was a great game with a playoff atmosphere,” Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones said. “We didn’t close the game out like we needed to. We got everything we wanted except a win.”