by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner
LAKE CHARLES – With LHSAA Boys’ Basketball Marsh Madness in full-swing, eight more squads punched their tickets to state championship games this weekend.
In Division I, St. Augustine advanced to its third consecutive state title game after coming back from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat St. Paul’s, 75-72, in overtime. Freshman Hubert Caliste booted St. Augustine into the finals following a three-point shot with under five seconds remaining in overtime.
The Purple Knights will face off against No. 1 seed Scotlandville who took down Jesuit later in the afternoon. The Hornets are making a remarkable 12th consecutive trip to the state finals. This will be the third consecutive Division I state title game played between St. Augustine and Scotlandville.
Division III will pit No. 1 Newman against the second-seeded Dunham Tigers.
Newman punched its first ticket to the championship finals for the first time since 1993 after taking a 54-45 victory over Holy Savior Menard in the Division III semi-finals.
Dunham looks to score a second consecutive state title in 2021. The Tigers defeated Lafayette Christian, 45-28, Tuesday night.
In Class 1A, Arcadia dethroned two-time defending champion North Central, 46-38, in the Class 1A semi-finals. The Hornets will make their first state title appearance since 2016 when they take on No. 3 White Castle.
White Castle defeated Northwood-Lena, 86-70, to advance into its first state title game since 2018.
Class B will feature No. 1 Anacoco battling No. 2 Simsboro for the state championship.
Anacoco defeated J.S Clark Leadership, 81-56, to secure the school’s first trip to the state title game since 2016.
Simsboro is back in the state championship picture for the fourth consecutive season after taking down Hathaway, 67-61.
Wednesday’s schedule includes semi-final games for Class 2A & 5A played at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles while Class 4A and Division II will be held at the Cajundome in Lafayette.
Division I – Semi-Finals
No. 1 Scotlandville 46, No. 5 Jesuit 43
No. 3 St. Augustine 75, No. 2 St. Paul’s 72 (OT)
Division III – Semi-Finals
No. 1 Newman 54, No. 4 Menard 45
No. 2 Dunham 45, No. 6 Lafayette Christian 28
Class 1A – Semi-Finals
No. 3 White Castle 86, No. 7 Northwood-Lena 70
No. 4 Arcadia 46, No. 1 North Central 38
Class B – Semi-Finals
No. 1 Anacoco 81, No. 5 J.S. Clark Leadership 56
No. 2 Simsboro 67, No. 3 Hathaway 61