Basketball: Crescent City holds off Jehovah-Jireh on busy Tuesday
Area Prep Basketball Report for Wednesday, Jan. 6
Two elite programs that have squared off in state championship games twice in recent years squared off Tuesday night in Baton Rouge.
In the end, the team from Metairie prevailed as defending Division IV state champion Crescent City Christian edged three-time defending Division V state champion Jehovah-Jireh 63-61 at Istrouma High School.
The Pios started fast and led throughout before holding on for victory at the end.
Crescent City Christian jumped out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter and led 35-25 at halftime. The Pios expanded the lead to 56-38 going to the final quarter and looked like they would win easily before the Warriors staged a furious comeback, outscoring Crescent City 23-7 in the final period but fell just short.
Down 63-61, Jehovah-Jireh had three shots to tie or win it but missed on the attempts and the Pioneers escaped with a big win.
Sophomore John Kelly was superb, scoring 20 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out four assists with a blocked shot. Kelly connected on 9-of-14 field goal attempts while senior Kurt Labeaud hit on 7-of-10 shots and added 16 points, along with seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Sophomore Derek Burditt Jr. had nine points.
John-Paul Ricks led Jehovah-Jireh with 22 points while Kody West had 15 points and Brandon Harton added 10 points.
Crescent City Christian downed Jehovah-Jireh in the Division V state championship game in 2017 before the Warriors downed the Pios in the 2018 and 2019 Division V state title games. Crescent City moved up to Division IV in 2020 and captured that title while Jehovah-Jireh made it a 3-peat in Division V.
Crescent City (9-4) will host Livingston Collegiate next Tuesday at 6 p.m. while Jehovah-Jireh (12-6) will host Carencro Thursday at 7 p.m. at Istrouma.
Chalmette handled South Lafourche 72-38 at home Tuesday evening.
It was competitive early with the Owls leading 16-12 after one quarter and 21-12 by halftime.
Chalmette dominated the second half, outscoring the Trojans 45-17 in the second half to pull away. It was 50-27 going to the fourth quarter.
Frank Ceasar pumped in 25 points, connecting on 10-of-17 field goal attempts, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Ceasar added six assists, three steals and three rebounds. Jahlil Humble had 12 points and nine rebounds while Whanne Mullen and Darrius Sanchez each scored 10 points for the Owls.
Chalmette (9-6) returns to action on Friday, Jan. 15 at East Jefferson while South Lafourche (1-3) plays at Central Lafourche Friday at 7 p.m.
De La Salle edged McMain 53-50 in a very good contest as the Cavaliers beat a very good team.
Leonard Jackson nailed a 3-pointer and a free throw in the final 15 seconds to provide the margin of victory for the Cavaliers.
Jackson led De La Salle with 21 points while freshman Ahmand Woods had 14 points.
Alex Hammond topped the Mustangs with 12 points while Aidan Bevrotte finished with 11 points.
With football players back in the fold, De La Salle (7-4) will host Karr next Tuesday at 7 p.m. while McMain (10-4) hosts Legacy, Texas Thursday.
John Curtis Christian handled Holy Cross 55-41 in the District 9-5A opener for both teams in River Ridge.
The Patriots led 15-10 after one quarter and led 27-18 at halftime. It was 41-31 going to the final quarter.
Aaron Johnson led the Patriots with 18 points and nine rebounds while Darius Rocket had 10 points and five assists.
John Curtis (3-3, 1-0) will play at East Jefferson Saturday at 3 p.m. while the Tigers (4-11, 0-1) return to Catholic League play Friday, hosting Archbishop Shaw at 7 p.m.
Area Prep Basketball Results from Tuesday, Jan. 5
Broadmoor 64, Albany 52
Chalmette 73, South Lafourche 38
Crescent City Christian 64, Jehovah-Jireh 61
De La Salle 53, McMain 50
East St. John 69, H.L. Bourgeois 63
Fontainebleau 68, Hammond 43
Franklinton 61, Independence 54
Hahnville 66, Terrebonne 48
John Curtis Christian 55, Holy Cross 41
Kenner Discovery 50, St. Martin’s Episcopal 46
Live Oak 64, French Settlement 55
Lusher Charter 48, Archbishop Rummel 39
Ponchatoula 66, Covington 58
St. Augustine 60, Archbishop Shaw 56
St. Charles Catholic 61, West St. John 34
St. Paul’s 78, Slidell 63
Albany 49, Denham Springs 34
Amite 90, Jewel Sumner 28
Archbishop Hannan 35, Northlake Christian 14
De La Salle 64, Riverside Academy 60
Fontainebleau 54, Hammond 40
H.L. Bourgeois 42, East St. John 40
Mandeville 55, Northshore 46
Newman 45, Crescent City Christian 38
Pope John Paul II 42, Maurepas 22
Scotlandville 49, Kentwood 16
St. Mary’s Academy 42, Parkview Baptist 41
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