North Caddo boys pull another upset, headed to Class 2A state tournament

North Caddo boys pull another upset, headed to Class 2A state tournament

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North Caddo boys pull another upset, headed to Class 2A state tournament

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The No. 28 North Caddo boys punched their ticket to the Class 2A state tournament with a 72-45 win at No. 13 St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Rebels enlarged a four-point halftime lead to score 45 points in the second half.

North Caddo (12-18) will play No. 1 seed Riverside (29-1) in the semis on Thursday at 1 p.m. in Lake Charles.

Jontaveon Brooks contributed a game-high 21 points while Robert Williams produced a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Coach Ron Meikle said his team decided to play with extra effort in the second half.

“In the locker room, we decided to everything we could,” Meikle said. “We went to a different offensive set in the second half, and they never could stop it. We did a great job of executing, but the defense carried us.”

North Caddo’s pressure defense took its toll on St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Rebels went inside to Williams often.

“Everybody played really well,” said Meikle, who had 10 players score. “Jontaveon and the other seniors are always ready, but the bench is playing really well.

“Justin Homer had huge points and made some backbreaking plays and was huge reason we won. Our freshmen like Ke’Shun Sanders, Detaveus Easter, Darin Scott, Monterrious Sheppard did a great job.”

The Rebels have won nine of their last 13 games, including two playoff road wins by double-digits. North Caddo topped No. 5 seed Opelousas Catholic 59-47 before holding off Doyle 55-48 at home.

“The key is to take it one game at a time,” Meikle said of the team’s playoff run. “We played so good in the first game, then we were lucky to beat Doyle because we didn’t play well but won.

“Tonight it was about our defense. Our offense was ineffective, but our second-half press and Williams’ inside game was huge.”

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