(1) CRESCENT CITY 60, (6) CALVARY 49
at Lee Magnet, Saturday (Mar. 14), Division IV Championship
Records: Crescent City, 23-11; Calvary, 23-10
HOW THE GAME WAS WON: 3 KEY MOMENTS
- Crescent City looked like it had seized control of the game late in the third quarter taking a 45-37 lead into the fourth. Calvary, however, made a push to start the last eight minutes scoring the first six points of the period forcing the Pioneers to call a timeout with 5:38 left. They responded out of the break scoring six straight points, all of which came at the free throw line from three different players as they regained control up, 51-43, with 3:40 remaining. That was enough to give them the cushion they needed the rest of the way to secure their second title in the last four seasons.
- Saturday’s game was played within a few point span save for a couple of runs by Crescent City that Calvary inevitably answered. The Pios took their biggest lead of the game up 43-33 with 1:35 left in the third after a 7-2 run capped off by a 3-point play by junior point guard Kurt Labeaud. The Cavaliers, however, responded with back-to-back putbacks by junior Ben Ponder before Labeaud scored the last basket of the period for a 45-37 lead.
- Crescent City’s other run of the game came in the second quarter. The Pios were down 17-15 with 5:53 left after a 3-pointer by Martin McDowell, but scored the next nine points to go up 24-17 with 2:52 remaining until halftime. Calvary would answer, though, with a quick burst of their own to get within 26-23 before going into halftime down 30-25.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kurt Labeaud, Crescent City
Labeaud had what may have been his best game of the season at the perfect time. Calvary threw a box-and-one on the Pios’ main threat Byron Joshua, and Labeaud stepped up doing most of the ball handling while scoring and creating shots for his teammates. The 5-foot-10 junior point guard came off the bench to score 12 points including a 6-for-7 outing at the free throw line while also recording five assists with five steals and five rebounds. Joshua even got choked up during the postgame interviews describing Labeaud’s contribution on the team — “Without him, I wouldn’t have this ring.”
- The coronavirus outbreak forced the LHSAA to keep fans from attending games, a policy that was put into effect on Friday. There were only a select few of about 50 people including coaches, players, school officials, security and media that were allowed in the building for Saturday’s game.
- The virus also had a second affect in particular on Saturday’s game as concerns voiced from Calvary led to the game being played at Lee Magnet instead of Crescent City as originally scheduled. The Cavalier administration objected to having its players travel to Jefferson Parish where there had been multiple confirmed cases of the virus.
- Crescent City earned its fourth championship in the last four seasons with Saturday’s victory. The Pioneers last won a title in 2017 with a huge, 69-64, upset in overtime over Jehovah-Jireh, the same team they lost to in the title game the last two seasons. It was also the second championship in Crescent City’s basketball program history.
- Crescent City will lose several key seniors from this year’s team including Byron Joshua, Jordin Farrell and Glenn Rhone. The trio combined for 42 points, 28 rebounds and eight steals in Saturday’s game. Seniors Keane Smith and Ahmad Raymond were also good role players for the Pios, but they do have a strong nucleus returning in current junior Kurt Labeaud, freshman center John Kelly and freshman guard Derek Burditt Jr.
- Crescent City had a bit of extra motivation going into the game playing for coach Shaun Dumas. The 34-year old’s sister unexpectedly passed away last week, and the Pios wanted to win a title in her honor.
- Calvary finally got over the hump this year after their last two seasons ended in the quarterfinals. They’ll lose 6-foot-5, Louisiana-Monroe signee D’Marcus Hall, but return the remainder of their top players including sophomores La’Bree Williams Jr. and Martin McDowell along with junior Ben Ponder.
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SCORE BY QUARTERS
Calvary | 13 | 12 (25) | 12 (37) | 12 – 49
Crescent City | 12 | 18 (30) | 15 (45) | 15 – 60
Calvary: La’Bree Williams Jr., 14; Ben Ponder, 11; D’Marcus Hall, 9; Will Bagley, 6; Martin McDowell, 6; Cliff Mosley, 3.
Crescent City: Byron Joshua, 15; Jordin Farrell, 14; Glenn Rhone, 13; Kurt Labeaud, 12; Keane Smith, 3; John Kelly, 3.