Country Day, De La Salle advance to Country Day Classic final

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Area Boys Prep Basketball Report for Saturday, Dec. 15

A pair of teams that won state championships two years ago will square off for the championship of the Country Day Classic in Metairie.

In semifinal action, host Country Day dispatched Catholic of Baton Rouge 58-51.

Kaleb Jenkins led the Cajuns with 23 points while Justin Ibieta, who was named the Metro Prep Football Most Valuable Player by the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club and CrescentCitySports.com this past Tuesday, contributed 22 points.

“This was an excellent basketball game that could have gone either way,” Country Day coach Mike McGuire said. “We played better defensively in the second half. They were really good offensively in the first half. We were able to withstand their made shots, hang in and get stops when we needed them. We had a real good second half, a good third quarter and a better fourth quarter. We made free throws and took care of the ball. We were able to make shots when it mattered. We were really happy. That’s a really good Catholic team we beat.”

The game was tied 15-15 after one quarter before Catholic took a 25-22 lead into halftime.

Country Day (7-3) will face De La Salle in the championship game tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The Cavaliers handled Karr 53-27.

De La Salle (8-4) dominated from start to finish, taking a 15-7 lead after one quarter and 29-11 by halftime. It was 41-22 after three quarters.

“De La Salle was very impressive,” McGuire said. “They will be tough to beat. They will shoot it well and they play well defensively. They are still a young team but they have been playing together for a couple of years now. They shoot the three well and shoot free throws well.”

De La Salle won the Division II state championship in 2017 while Country Day won the Division III title the same year in Lake Charles.

Area Boys Prep Basketball Results from Friday, Dec. 14

New Orleans Area

Archbishop Rummel 55, South Plaquemines 46

Belle Chasse 71, Fisher 36

Carver 69, West St. John 47

Country Day 58, Catholic (BR) 51

De La Salle 53, Karr 27

Destrehan 56, St. Charles Catholic 47

East Ascension 63, Crescent City Christian 52

Holy Cross 38, East Jefferson 31

Jesuit 69, Chalmette 55

Lakeshore 78, Fontainebleau 44

McMain 48, Bonnabel 45

Newman 69, Riverdale 47

Opelousas Catholic 51, Archbishop Shaw 46

Phoenix 40, John Ehret 37

Ponchatoula 67, Amite 30

St. Augustine 61, Brother Martin 38

St. Helena 67, Vidalia 66

St. Paul’s 59, Franklinton 58

Varnado 56, Bogalusa 40

West Jefferson 67, St. Thomas Aquinas 43

E.D. White Catholic 42, Northlake Christian 36

Baton Rouge Area

Albany 48, Maurepas 39

Broadmoor 56, University High 48

The Church Academy 45, Mount Hermon 41

Dutchtown 88, Tara 72

East Feliciana 53, Baker 37

East Iberville 79, Capitol 66

Episcopal 73, Springfield 32

Family Christian 56, Catholic (PC) 55

Glen Oaks 52, Denham Springs 43

Lutcher 74, J.F. Kennedy 71

Madison Prep 71, McKinley 48

Natchitoches Central 68, St. Amant 51

Plaquemine 51, Zachary 50

Scotlandville 85, Donaldsonville 46

St. John 62, Runnels 51

White Castle 65, Brusly 47

Sophie B. Wright 92, Walker 89

Bayou Area

Assumption 51, Barbe 47

H.L. Bourgeois 70, Northside 62

Catholic (NI) 57, Centerville 56

Central Catholic 52, South Terrebonne 42

Ellender 61, St. Martinville 51

New Iberia 48, Thibodaux 32

Patterson 47, South Lafourche 40

Rayne 59, Morgan City 54

Salmen 49, Central Lafourche 39

Vandebilt Catholic 35, Ascension Episcopal 27

West St. Mary 41, Lee Magnet 39

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