Basketball: Country Day pulls off win late at Newman, 45-42

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While Riverside certainly ranks as the favorite to win the Division III state championship, two prime contenders for state honors squared off Saturday in New Orleans.

Country Day rallied in the fourth quarter to overcome Newman 45-42 at Newman. The Greenies entered the game third in the Division III power rankings while Country Day was No. 4, behind Riverside and Dunham.

The game was nip and tuck throughout.

Newman took a 13-12 lead after one quarter and the Greenies extended the lead to 27-22 by halftime. Newman led 36-32 after three quarters, setting the stage for the Cajuns’ winning rally.

Junior Caleb Jenkins led the way with 14 points, including eight in the decisive fourth quarter. Center Justin Ibieta added 10 points for the Cajuns (14-8) while Christian Becnel had eight points. Javon Ruffin led the Greenies (18-3) with 16 points while Riley Demps added 13. The loss snapped a 15-game win streak for Newman.

The two powers will square off again on Feb. 3 at Country Day.

Area Prep Basketball Results from Saturday, Jan. 20

Boys

New Orleans Area

Country Day 45, Newman 42

De La Salle 48, Lusher 46

South Terrebonne 60, St. Martin’s Episcopal 50

Baton Rouge Area

East Ascension 53, St. Amant 46

Louisiana School for Deaf 54, Tennessee School for Deaf 37

Madison Prep 71, Scotlandville 68

St. Michael 59, Woodlawn (BR) 42

Walker 56, Denham Springs 55

Girls

New Orleans Area

Country Day 46, McGehee 45

John Curtis Christian 51, Cabrini 28

Houma Christian 49, Mount Carmel 34

Loranger 52, Albany 43

Ponchatoula 51, Lafayette 35

Baton Rouge Area

East Ascension 60, St. Joseph’s Academy 8

Florida School for Deaf 31, Louisiana School for Deaf 16

Madison Prep 52, Atlanta 38

Walker 67, Live Oak 50

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