Division V Championship: Crescent City falls short to Jehovah-Jireh in quest for boys basketball repeat
LAKE CHARLES – It was a familiar opponent in a familiar building, hoping for a repeat, familiar performance.
For third-seed and defending state champion Crescent City Christian, the quest fell just short.
Trenton Payne scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lift top-seed Jehovah-Jireh to a 65-59 victory over the Pioneers in the Division V state championship game at Burton Coliseum Friday. Payne earned Most Outstanding Player honors.
Last year, Crescent City Christian outlasted Jehovah-Jireh 69-64 in overtime for the championship.
“We wanted to go out on top,” Payne said. “We have won in track, but this is the one we have been missing. That heartbreak from last year, we didn’t want to feel that.”
The Warriors jumped out to a 19-10 lead after one quarter and had a solid 35-24 lead by halftime. Crescent City rallied in the second half. The Pios cut the deficit to 48-41 after three quarters and got within two points at 49-47 in the final quarter but could never get over the hump.
Jehovah-Jireh hit key free throws down the stretch to preserve the lead, finishing 16-of-24 (67%) from the line. More importantly, the Warriors sizzled from the field, shooting 51 percent (23-of-45). Crescent City shot just 34 percent from the field.
Donald Johnson scored 18 points for the Warriors (29-13) while John Paul Ricks added 11. Johnny Vaughan topped Crescent City Christian (23-15) with 17 points while Terrence Smith added 16 points. The Pioneers committed 17 turnovers but dominated on the boards with a 41-27 edge over the Warriors.
Crescent City head coach Shaun Dumas had a simple explanation for the defeat.
“We didn’t match their intensity,” Dumas said.
Dumas remains proud of his team.
“These last two years, I wouldn’t have traded any one of these guys,” Dumas said. “The most important thing we talk about is loving your brother as you do yourself. These guys have been a perfect picture of that.”
It was the second win for Jehovah-Jireh over Crescent City this year. The Warriors defeated Crescent City 80-72 on Nov. 7.
JJ 19 16 13 17 65
CC 10 14 17 18 59
JJ—Tyrone Payne 21, Donald Johnson 18, John Paul Ricks 11, Timothy Jackson 8, Dre’Yon Robertson 7
CC—Johnny Vaughan 17, Terrence Smith 15, Devonta Harris 9, Kevin Charles 9, Byron Joshua 6, Cory Johnson 2
JJ 27, CC 41
JJ 13, CC 17
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Randy Pistorius is a lifelong resident of South Louisiana and is currently working in the communications field in the Baton Rouge Metropolitian Area. Randy’s start in journalism came while still in high school at De La Salle in New Orleans and that carried with him to Southeastern Louisiana University where he wrote for the Lions Roar and also worked in…