Hahnville’s string of upsets came to an end at the LHSAA state tournament at Burton Coliseum Wednesday as the Tigers fell 70-54 to Alexandria.
Alexandria guards Latrell Holly and Desmond McQuain combined for 48 points to lead the Trojans to their first state championship game appearance.
Holly scored a game-high 28 points and McQuain added 20 as Alexandria (31-6) shot 10 of 21 from 3-point range, compared to 4 of 25 for Hahnville (23-10).
Hahnville center Kaden Pierre scored 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting, but the other Tigers struggled from the perimeter, making just 17 of 46 field goal attempts.
Alexandria never trailed over the final three quarters. Reserve guard Robert Drakes scored 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.
Hahnville went on a 6-0 run near the end of the first quarter, taking a 10-9 lead on a driving layup by Dylan Lorio, but Alexander took the lead for good on a basket by Holley to end the quarter.
Alexandria made five 3-pointers in the second quarter to take a 7-point lead into halftime. The lead grew to 13 in the third period on a Drakes 3-pointer. Hahnville would not get closer than five the rest of the way.
“We struggled on offense and that put a lot of pressure on our defense,” Hahnville coach Yussef Jasmine said. “They did a decent job of spacing us out and they hit some threes. We were able to get close a couple of times but could just never get over the hump. (Holley) shot it better than expected, on film he looked more like a driver.”
Holly made 4 of his 5 3-point attempts and 6 of 10 from the floor overall. He led the Trojans parade to the free-throw line, making 12 of 15 attempts. As a team, Alexandria went 24 of 27 while Hahnville was just 4 of 7.
“I’m happy with the way we shot the ball from three, and especially from the free-throw line,” Alexandria coach Lance Brashear said. “That was the difference in the game. I thought we did a good job on (Pierre), we tried to keep one in front and one in back. We were keying on (Hahnville) guard Claudell Harris, who looked awesome on film. He scored six and we kept them to 54, that range is our goal for every game on defense.”
Dylan Lorio led Hahnville with 15 points.
Jasmine said he expects Hahnville to return to the big stage.
“We are going to keep growing,” he said. “This is my third year here. The first, we lost in the first round, then the second. This year we skipped a step and won in the quarterfinals to get here. It is a big achievement and I’m proud of the season we had.”
Hahnville, the tenth seed, beat No. 7 Ponchatoula and No. 2 Ouachita Parish on the road to earn the trip to Lake Charles.