This District 1-5A boys basketball championship is Captain Shreve’s and Captain Shreve’s alone.
Treviaus James set a career high with 17 points and Toronco Loston added 14, as the Gators routed Haughton, 92-52, on Friday night to clinch the outright district title.
“It’s special for the kids,” Shreve coach Todd Martinez said. “Last year was pretty special because we basically tied the No. 2 team in the state (Airline). It’s always better to win it outright than to have to share it.”
The Gators (18-13, 9-0) led by just seven after one quarter but outscored the Bucs (6-19, 1-8) by 17 in the second.
“Defensively, we weren’t where we needed to be,” Martinez said. “They were on pace to score 80 on us early. We adjusted a bit and bolted down and played better defense.”
Jesse McWright (12) and Derrick Pace (11) gave Captain Shreve four players in double figures.
“We shot the ball extremely well,” said Martinez, whose team hit nine 3-pointers. “For Treviaus James to set a career high and be our leading scorer, I’m extremely happy that happened.”
Nakia Devereaux led Haughton with 15 points.
Huntington 76, Benton 32
At Huntington, the Raiders used a balanced attack to clinch the District 1-4A title.
Terez Mack led Huntington (24-4, 9-1) with nine points, as 14 Raiders hit the scoring column.
Rudy Davis led Benton with a game-high 15 points.
Mansfield 32, North Caddo 28
Without a healthy Brandon Campbell, the Wolverines slowed things down.
The result was a District 1-2A-clinching victory for Mansfield, which nailed down their second straight district championship.
Verlan Hunter led the Wolverines (21-8, 9-1) with 14 points and hit two late free throws to seal the win.
“We slowed it down and made plays when we had to,” Mansfield coach Chris Thomas said.
Alton Clay Jr. led North Caddo (5-4 district) with nine points.
Southwood 55, Airline 52
At Southwood, the Cowboys shook off a poor third quarter to rally past their District 1-5A rivals.
Southwood scored just five points in the third before using a 25-18 fourth-quarter advantage to move to 5-4 in district play.
C.J. Thomas led Southwood with 12 points, and Talvin Revels added 11 to offset a game-high 27 points by Airline’s Hayden Hildebrand.
Demetrius Early added 13 points for the Vikings (7-17, 3-6).
Northwood 70, Woodlawn 67
At Northwood, Martavious Washington poured in a game-high 22 points as the Falcons (17-14, 5-3) held off the District 1-4A rival Knights.
Terrence Walker added 18 points for Northwood, which also got 11 points from Angelo Robert.
JaCorey Ross led Woodlawn (8-16, 1-7) with 21 points.
Loyola 67, North DeSoto 62
At Stonewall, the Flyers went on the road and picked up a District 1-3A victory.
Eldrick English scored 18 points on his birthday to lead Loyola (12-17, 2-4). English was the only Flyer to reach double figures, as Loyola completed the season sweep of the Griffins.
Jamario Latin led North DeSoto (5-22, 0-6) with a game-high 24 points, while Cedric Clark added 13.
North Webster 77, BTW 73, 2 OT
At BTW, Montavious Smith’s game-high 33 points helped the visiting Knights outlast the Lions in a long District 1-2A battle.
The Knights (18-5, 7-2) erased a six-point, fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime and survived a big night from the Lions’ duo of Marquis Musco and Karim El-Amin, who combined for 45 points.
Musco hit five of BTW’s six 3-pointers.
Willie Lee was the only other North Webster player in double figures, scoring 14 points.