Warhorses claim ninth LHSAA title after win over Breaux Bridge
LAKE CHARLES — There was no panic on Peabody's sidelines when Breaux Bridge erased its eight-point lead in the second quarter.
Nor was there any when the Tigers took an eight-point lead midway through the third quarter.
The Warhorses rallied back to defeat Breaux Bridge, 57-48, in the Class 4A championship game Saturday.
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"I knew coming in that it was going to be a tough game," Peabody coach Charles Smith said. "The style of ball that Breaux Bridge plays — they're very patient. They execute their offense very well. So, I knew that we had to be more patient."
The Warhorses found their groove in the second half when senior Melvion Flanagan scored 23 of his 31 points to lead them out the hole.
For his efforts, Flanagan was named MVP of the Class 4A title game.
"I was having some ups and downs in the first half. I couldn't make shots and couldn't buy a bucket or anything," Flanagan said. "Coach Smith talked to us, and I turned on the kill switch. I started getting to the goal and finishing. (I was) getting shots that I wanted and stopped forcing."
It was also a solid effort for Marcus Jones (9 points and 8 rebounds) and Kaijalon Smith (7 points and 3 assists) as they closed their high school careers with a second title.
"(Coach Smith) preached all year about leaving a legacy at Peabody," Kaijalon Smith said. "It was just an honor. Give all praises to God for letting us leave a legacy at Peabody."
Breaux Bridge was led by Deandre Hypolite with a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.