University, STM, Scotlandville among other winners
No. 23 seeded Parkview Baptist continued its improbable run through the Class 3A boys basketball playoffs, completing yet another upset Tuesday night, this time of second-seeded Richwood, 66-61.
The Eagles led throughout, boosted by a 28-point performance from James Thompson. Reed Vial, who nailed four 3-pointers, also chipped in 19 for Parkview.
The Eagles are now pitted against No. 3 Farmerville in the semifinals, and are just one game away from a berth in the state championship.
Game times and sites have yet to be determined.
The win improves Parkview to 18-13 on the season and marks the third straight upset of the Eagles’ playoff run after taking down No. 10 Westlake and No. 7 Patterson in the first two rounds.
Reginal Johnson did the majority of the damage for Richwood, scoring 30 points to lead all scorers. Remond Brown added 14 points in the loss.
WINNFIELD 55, EPISCOPAL 38: Thanks to a 24-point fourth quarter, No. 8 Winnfield secured its spot in the semifinals with a win against the homestanding Knights.
Winnfield led nearly the entire way through, but held just a five-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter before an offensive explosion surged the Tigers to victory.
George Page and Jaishon Scott led the way for Winnfield, scoring 14 points and 10, respectively.
The Tigers held the 17th-seeded Knights in check, not allowing a double-digit scorer.
Stan Mays and Paul Johnson both put up nine for Episcopal, which saw its season end with a 26-9 record.
Winnfield (28-6) will play No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas, which beat No. 5 Ville Platte 57-50, in the semifinals.
UNIVERSITY 84, LAKEVIEW 76: Trailing by three points after three quarters, the second-seeded Cubs put up 30 fourth-quarter points to complete the comeback against No. 10 Lakeview.
The Cubs’ Wayde Sims led all scorers with 35 points in the contest, with help from teammates D.J. White (21), Jalen Johnson (15) and Skylar Mays (10).
Lakeview’s Tay Hardy put up 28, followed by Trey Kirkendoll with 19 and Jarold Bush with 11.
University improved to 31-2 on the season and will face No. 3 Riverside Academy of Reserve in the semifinals. Riverside beat No. 6 John Curtis 85-76 on Tuesday night.
Lakeview ended its season with a 24-8 record.
ST. THOMAS MORE 70, ST. AUGUSTINE 68, OT: In Lafayette, No. 2 seeded St. Thomas More narrowly avoided elimination, squeezing out an overtime win over No. 7 St. Augustine.
St. Augustine held St. Thomas More to just six points in each of the first two quarters and held a 26-12 halftime lead. The Cougars came storming back in the second half, putting up 22 and 24 points in the third and fourth quarters.
After outscoring the visitors 46-32 in the second half, the Cougars forced overtime.
From there, St. Thomas More edged St. Augustine 12-10 to secure the win and a spot in the semifinals.
Two Cougars did most of the scoring Tuesday, with Trey Touchet scoring 35 and Ryan Randle putting up 22. Touchet also had seven rebounds and made 18 of his 35 points from the free-throw line.
Craig Victor scored 27 for the Purple Knights of New Orleans, followed by Kelan Chairs with 15.
St. Thomas More will play No. 11 Istrouma, which upset No. 3 Alexandria 68-63, in the semifinals.
SCOTLANDVILLE 62, RUSTON 50: In Ruston, second-seeded Scotlandville churned out yet another double-digit win, beating No. 10 Ruston.
Scotlandville (32-2) is now pitted against No. 3 Comeaux, which beat No. 22 Rummel 55-46, in the semifinals with a shot at another state title just two games away.
The Hornets produced three double-digit scorers in Brian Bridgewater (15 points), Trelun Banks (15) and Damian Jones (14), and also got some help from Vincent Sanders, who scored all nine of his points on 3-pointers.
Ruston’s Jerry Melton led all scorers with 28, followed by teammate Jamiaya Burr with 15.
The Bearcats’ season ended with a 27-8 record.