Landry-Walker's Tyree Griffin goes up for a layup past St. Thomas More's Andrew Stoma during a Class 4A semifinal Wednesday night at Burton Coliseum. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, March 13, 2014 3:44 PMSt. Thomas More head coach Danny Broussard got a head start out the door Wednesday night as the Cougars were eliminated from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Top 28 tournament in Landry-Walker’s 62-50 victory.
Broussard was ejected in the fourth quarter when what was once a close game turned into a one-sided affair.
“Our young men are warriors and they played like it tonight,” said Landry-Walker head coach Brian K. Gibson. “The difference was that we were able to keep our composure and they were not.”
“To win a state championship you have to have some balls fall your way and (Landry-Walker) certainly had some fall their way tonight,” Broussard said. “They are a strong team, though, and proved they deserve to be No. 1.”
With the win the Chargin’ Bucs move to the Class 4A state championship, where they will meet the winner of tonight’s Northside and East Jefferson at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Bucs (31-4) rode the coattails of senior point guard Tyree Griffin to victory as the Texas-El Paso signee scored a game-high 25 points and seven assists.
Griffin finished 4 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc and gave the Cougars (30-6) fits with his defensive prowess.
Griffin did battle with STM senior and fellow UTEP signee Trey Touchet, who finished with 24 points and eight rebounds.
The game was a slugfest from the opening tip with STM’s Orynn Veillon slamming home an authoritative dunk to let the Bucs know that they were in for no easy task.
Landry-Walker led 13-11 after one quarter, but couldn’t pull away from the pesky Cougar in the second quarter.
In an odd change of pace to end the half, Griffin held the ball for the final 2 minutes before draining a buzzer beating 3-pointer to head into the locker room with a 25-22 lead.
There were nine lead changes in the third quarter before the teams headed into the final quarter tied at 38-38.