In the one game, winner-take-all special playoff contest held at Lakeside High School this past Wednesday that would determine the champion of district 1-2A JHHS fell to North Caddo by a 61-49 margin. The difference was the decisive third quarter that saw North Caddo bump their four point lead at the half to a commanding 46-29 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Cameron Joe and Tydre Malone led the Tigers in scoring with 13 and 12 points respectively but 11 of those came in the fourth quarter after the contest had basically, already been decided. Ajay Tew added 8 on the strength of a pair of three pointers. O’marrion Miller scored a game high 20 points to lead North Caddo with 16 being contributed by Jeremiah Martin.
The contest was necessary so that final seeding’s in the upcoming LHSAA playoffs could be determined. This was because the two teams shared the district lead with 5-1 records, after both won all other district games and split the two between them. At stake was the one power rating point that went to the district champion.
What it boiled down to was that in the biggest game of the season to date, that would have won the Tigers the district 1-2A title and could have moved their power point ratings possibly up two places, the Tigers played one of their worst.
“We were terrible,” said disconsolate Tiger head coach, Allen Tew.
The stats of the game prove it out. From two-point range the Tigers shot only 28.5%. From behind the arc it was worse at 16.7%. Despite the Tigers having a distinct height advantage, North Caddo got eight more points in the paint.
Fortunately for the five Tiger seniors there are still games left to be played as the LHSAA will commence first round playoff games early this week. Pairings will be announced on Monday, February 21st, with the Tigers expected to be seeded #7 in Class AA which will result in home playoff games for the first two rounds if JHHS wins the opener of the playoffs.
NCHS scoring: Miller 20, Martin 16, Armstrong 7, Bridges 6, Collins 6, Hill 5, Rainey 1
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