NEWS | March 10, 2018

Tigers Claim Basketball State Championship Title

By Robin Fambrough, The Advocate

LAKE CHARLES — There was more drama packed into the final two seconds than in some movies as The Dunham School beat Episcopal 49-48 for its first LHSAA boys basketball title in 20 years.

Advocate photo by Dennis Babineaux/Special to the American Press

First, Dunham’s Jordan Wright made a go-ahead shot with defenders all around. Several Dunham players rushed onto the court, thinking the Division III title game was over. But there was 0.5 seconds on the clock and officials called a technical foul on the Tigers.

Episcopal's Cameron Dumas stepped to the free-throw line with Dunham leading 49-47. Three days earlier, Dumas made two free throws that gave the Knights a victory over Riverside Academy.

Dumas, who had tied it at 47 with a twisting layup 27 seconds earlier, made the first shot. But the second trickled off the rim. Dumas’ last-ditch shot on the inbounds pass was well-defended and off the mark.

The drama capped the Tigers rally from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter to claim the Division III crown with a win over District 8-2A rival Episcopal at the LHSAA boys basketball tournament Saturday afternoon.

“That is how Dunham and Episcopal do it, for those of you who don’t know it,” Dunham coach Jonathan Pixley said. “And for anybody who questioned that Episcopal belonged in this game — that is a very well-coached team and they have good players. They gave us everything we wanted, and we knew they would. We are very fortunate to come out on the winning end.”

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