University Lab's Wayde Sims slam dunks the ball in the fourth quarter of a Class 3A semifinal against Bossier. (Rick Hickman / American Press0
Last Modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 2:38 PMMuch of the hype around the Class 3A semifinal between No. 4 Richwood and No. 8 Donaldsonville was centered on Richwood forward Reginal Johnson Jr., nicknamed “Monsta.”
The Tigers (23-10) kept the monster in the closet, but a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter sparked a 27-11 fourth quarter that secured a 74-56 win and Richwood advanced to the Class 3A final.
Richwood will play University High at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Johnson entered the Top 28 averaging 32 points and 15 rebounds but was limited to 22 points and five rebounds, 13 of the points coming in the fourth period. The disruption in his game was due to Donaldsonville’s size and focus on stopping him.
“Every time I would come around they’d have a help man there,” Johnson said. “And they were playing a 2-3 zone to try to slow us down.”
The teams traded buckets throughout the third quarter and Richwood (28-6) held a 47-45 lead. But the 9-0 run got the Rams going.
“Everybody was clicking, not just one player. I think that was the difference,” Richwood guard Dee Wyatt said.
#3 University Lab ........ 71
#2 Bossier .................... 49
Wayde Sims led four Cubs in double figures, U-High shot 62 percent from the field and punched a ticket to Saturday’s championship game.
Of Sims’ 29 points, 24 came in the second half when the Cubs (29-7) overwhelmed Bossier (26-8) and outscored teh Bearkats 46-31.
“To be honest with you, most of the time we have a size advantage,” U-High head coach Joe Spencer said. “That’s definitely what we want to do, go inside-out. We have so many great post players.”
Of University’s 23 field goals, 17 were assisted. Guard Skyler Mays had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists and D.J. White had six assists to go with 16 points.
Bossier got within a dozen points in the fourth quarter, but the Cubs slammed the door shut with a Mays slam and a Jalen Johnson charge on the defensive end.