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Paul McZeal gets the dunk for Northside. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Paul McZeal gets the dunk for Northside. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

E. Jefferson avenges loss to Northside

Last Modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 2:48 PM

By Troy LaFleur / American Press

The East Jefferson Warriors got their revenge on the Northside Vikings for knocking them out of the 2013 Class 4A quarterfinals when they returned the favor 47-39 Thursday night at Burton Coliseum.

“This was a team win tonight,” said East Jefferson head coach Richard Dicharry. “We had some trouble in the third quarter, but we came together and got it done.”

This year, however, the spoils of victory in the matchup were much greater as the Warriors (31-3) punched their ticket to the 4A state championship.

“I’m proud of my kids and their accomplishments,” said Northside head coach Devan Clark.

They will meet top-ranked Landry-Walker in the title game at 8 p.m. Saturday in the main event of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Top 28 tournament.

Powering the Warriors was senior forward Shaquille Preston, who finished with 21 points and nine steals. Assisting him was senior center Curtiss Anderson, who scored 12 points, blocked five shots and grabbed eight rebounds.

Both teams started the game with a flurry of turnovers limiting the score to 8-8 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, East Jefferson came to life, opening on a 10-0 run, allowing it to take a 21-15 lead at the half.

In the third quarter it was Northside’s turn to take over as senior Paul McZeal scored five quick points to spark an 8-0 run for the Vikings (26-11). East Jefferson answered with an 8-0 run, taking advantage of McZeal being forced to the sideline due to bleeding.

In the fourth quarter it was all East Jefferson as a plethora of turnovers prohibited the Vikings from getting anything going.

McZeal finished with 14 points.

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