Landry-Walker's Corey Wells Jr. goes up for the layup against East Jefferson during the second quarter of the Class 4A state championship game. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 11:07 AMThe Landry-Walker Chargin’ Bucs helped turn the lights out on Burton Coliseum and the Top 28.
To be more precise, in the first half they shot them out.
The Chargin’ Bucs sprung to a 76-56 win and the Class 4A state championship against East Jefferson, thanks to a 35-3 run that spanned much of the first half.
But it wasn’t as easy as the first half, or score, would indicate.
After being down 44-16 at halftime, East Jefferson (31-4) cut Landry-Walker’s lead to 10 points on two occasions in the fourth quarter before Landry-Walker (32-4) reopened the gap in the last 5 minutes.
“Obviously we started the game pretty fast. I thought everything we did in the first half was really on point,” Landry-Walker head coach Brian K. Gibson said. “We shot extremely well.”
Landry-Walker’s Tyree Griffin was named most outstanding player. He had 15 points and six assists, including a crossover and jumper in the middle of the run that had Burton Coliseum buzzing.
“I can’t even tell (you about the emotion),” Griffin said. “I just wanted to get it done.”
Landry-Walker scored 20 straight points spanning the end of the first quarter and the start of the second, opening as much as a 38-7 lead before the Warriors found some traction with a 9-2 run that helped close the gap to 28 points to end the half.
After halftime, the roles seemed to reverse with East Jefferson outscoring the Chargin’ Bucs 22-9 in the third quarter and getting as close as 58-48 in the fourth quarter after a Eugene Wells 3-pointer.
“I was proud of the fact that we battled in the second half,” East Jefferson head coach Ryan Dicharry said. “But it was just a little too big of deficit to overcome.”
“We’re not a team (that gives up),” East Jefferson forward Shaquille Preston said. “I never thought we couldn’t win. I just told them to play their hardest and come out to win.”