Calvary Baptist's twin towers were too much for the undersized Hamilton Christian in a 56-44 road win for Calvary Baptist Tuesday night in a Division IV semifinal.
The Cavs (23-9) advanced to play at Crescent City in the championship game later this week. No. 1 Crescent City 67-51 win over No. 4 St. Mary's.
Cavs big men Labree Williams and Dante Hall controlled the paint at both ends of the court, and Hamilton could not find its shooting stroke from the outside. The Warriors (27-8) caused turnovers and shot well enough to hang with the Cavs in the first half, taking a 22-21 lead into halftime
Williams dominated the early part of the third quarter as Calvary opened the half with an 11-0 run. Williams scored five points in the run and had a steal and an assist to set up a Malcolm McDowell 3-pointer. Williams finished with 23 points, three blocks and two steals.
The win was the second straight on the road for Calvary Baptist, which has won at No. 3 Opelousas Baptist and No. 2 Hamilton in the last five days.
"These kids fight and never give up," Calvary head coach Victor Morris said. "We had to slow (Hamilton Christian guard) Michael Thomas down, not give (Hamilton guard) Adrian Brown shots. Those are two great players. Williams is the best sophomore in the state. He can play inside or play outside. He has a good IQ and is a high level player."
Thomas led Hamilton Christian with 16 points. The Warriors cut the lead to six at the end of the third quarter, but Calvary regained control with an 8-2 outburst to start the fourth. Williams scored six points in the run.
"I knew going in it was going to be tough because of their size and (Williams) was even better than I thought," Hamilton head coach Dexter Washington said. "We tried to make them uncomfortable and pressure their guards. They put a box and one on Mike but that didn't bother us. We didn't shoot well and they blocked a lot of shots inside. I've never seen us shoot this bad in our own gym. We did everything we did to counter the twin towers, but they played well."