Marvin Robertson and Rashaud Winslow had big fourth-quarter performances to help Thibodaux overcome a nine-point deficit and a deep roster again fueled a big win Tuesday over Hahnville 70-68 at R.K. Smith School gym in Luling
Both teams had solid, balanced performances as nine players in the game finished scoring double digits.
Thibodaux (32-2) will host Natchitoches Central on Friday. Natchitoches Central advanced with a 66-57 win over Southwood.
“I’m just overall very proud of them. This is probably the best year of basketball Thibodaux High has ever had,” Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said after the win.
The Hahnville Tigers concluded their second season under coach Yusseff Jasmine with a 20-14 record.
Top-seeded Thibodaux started with a big first quarter, jumping to an 11-4 lead early and finishing the quarter up 18-10. All five starters for Thibodaux scored, Winslow with seven For Hahnville, the No. 17 seed, sophomore Kaden Pierre put in seven in the first quarter.
Tyren LeBoeuf of Hahnville jump-started his team with five-straight points to open the second quarter. Hahnville’s 7-1 spree led to a 17-6 run with 3:20 left in the half. Briceson Harrell had seven, Dylan Lorio added five and Grows added four in the run for Hahnville.
Thibodaux responded with multiple attacks to the hoop, and put in seven free throws, taking advantage of the bonus. Tyren Young added five, leading a strong finish for Thibodaux before the half. Thibodaux led at intermission 35-31.
After the break, Hahnville got hot from beyond the arc. Five 3-pointers sparked the momentum back in HHS’ direction, outscoring Thibodaux 21-12 and taking a 52-47 lead at the end of the third. Marcel Byrd hit his second 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the quarter.
Big baskets at key times and free throws throughout the fourth quarter got Thibodaux within striking distance.
Rashod Robinson’s offensive rebound and put-back cut the Hahnville lead to 59-57 with slightly less than four minutes remaining. After a big basket by Rashaud Winslow, the game was tied 61-61, followed on the next possession by Hahnville’s Harrell receiving his fifth foul.
Harrell had a huge night for Hahnville, finishing with 12 points and a great presence on the glass.
Robertson of Thibodaux hit 11 free throws on the night – eight were in the fourth quarter.
After missing the second of two shots, M.J. Harris of Hahnville responded with a clutch 3-pointer from the left wing, giving HHS a 64-62 lead with slightly less than two minutes to go. On the next possession, Robertson again hit 1 of 2 free throws, and Hahnville responded with Grows hitting 2 of 2. Hahnville seemed to have the game under control with a 66-63 lead and 1:38 left.
Winslow got another bucket in traffic to make it 66-65 and Hahnville took possession, trying to work the clock. Thibodaux’s man-to-man defense didn’t allow any good looks at the basket, and Hahnville got the clock down to 30 seconds, but made an unfortunate pass, resulting in a turnover.
Point guard Kobi Johnson promptly pushed the ball and got a tough layup in traffic to give Thibodaux the lead for the first time since early in the third quarter at 67-66 with 21 seconds remaining.
Hahnville got the ball in and up the floor quickly but Dylan Lorio missed an attempt from the right side. Winslow rebounded for Thibodaux and was promptly fouled by Kaden Pierre.
Winslow hit the first free throw, missed the second, but followed with the put-back for a three-point possession. Thibodaux led 70-66 with 10.5 seconds left. Hahnville got the last shot off, as Corey Lorio Jr. scored with under one second left.
Marvin Robertson was a key factor down the stretch in the fourth-quarter comeback for Thibodaux.
“We just kept our cool (when down by nine points). Coach said to just keep on working hard, and that’s what we did,” said Robertson.