Thibodaux High junior basketball player Kobi Johnson wanted to make sure his senior teammates had a senior night to remember during Friday’s District 7-5A showdown against Central Lafourche.

Kobi Johnson accomplished his mission by scoring eight of his game-high 18 points during a key fourth-quarter stretch to help the Tigers pull off a 67-57 win in front of a normal packed and loud crowd in “The Jungle” at Thibodaux.

Kobi Johnson, who had five assists, not only helped Thibodaux’s senior class win their final regular-season home game, but he also played a key role in the Tigers forcing a share of the District 7-5A title with Central Lafourche. It was Thibodaux’s first district title of any kind in boys’ basketball since 2010.

“As a junior, I know I have to do everything I can to help the seniors get a championship ring,” Kobi Johnson said. “It’s not over with yet. In the playoffs, we’re going to get it. If everybody plays well and keep their heads right, we can do it.”

During Friday’s showdown, Thibodaux held on to a slim 48-45 lead with 7:11 left in the fourth quarter, but Kobi Johnson directed a final push that put the Tigers ahead for good.

After he scored on a three-point play, Kobi Johnson tossed up a pass that senior Jaquan Wagner finished with an alley-oop dunk to send Thibodaux’s home crowd on its feet in celebration with a 59-49 with 1:58 left to play.

Senior Corey Johnson, who is Kobi’s older brother, nailed a back-breaking corner 3-pointer moments later to put the Tigers up 64-50 with 1:34 left.

Kobi Johnson said defense was key in the final minutes for Thibodaux. During their late run, the Tigers held Central Lafourche scoreless on four straight possessions and forced turnovers.

“We stepped up and played great defense when we had too,” Kobi Johnson said. “We had to do what we had to do to get the win. Everybody on our team contributed. It’s going to help us get ready for the playoffs. We needed a game like this.”

Other leaders for Thibodaux were Kyren Lacy (16 points, six steals, 10 rebounds), Corey Brooks (10 points, four rebounds), Corey Johnson (nine points) and Tyren Young (eight points).

David Robinson Jr. led Central Lafourche with 17 points, while Marvin Robertson Jr. and Jamiree Williams both had 14 points. Kevin Mott scored eight.

Both the Tigers (22-7 overall, 9-3 in district, No. 10 in latest Class 5A state power ratings) and Trojans (20-8 overall, 9-3 in district, No. 12 in power ratings) are expected to host Class 5A first-round playoff games next week. The playoff brackets will be released on Monday.

Wagner, who finished with six points and five blocks, said it was a great accomplishment to win a piece of the district title in his senior year. Other Thibodaux seniors honored Friday were Corey Johnson, Shawn Thompson, DaMarcus Mitchell and Davion Ayro.

“It’s a great feeling, especially when people thought we weren’t going to be this good this year,” Wagner said. “It’s really emotional for me. This is my last regular season here with everybody, but it was a blessing and I had a great time playing for Thibodaux High. It’s not over with yet, but I’m going to miss a lot. We’re going to put the state on notice first before I go. Trust me.”

Central Lafourche led 17-16 after the first quarter, but Thibodaux bounced back to take leads of 34-31 at halftime and 46-39 at the end of the third quarter.

Unlike their 54-53 loss to Central Lafourche on Jan. 23, Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said the Tigers took care of business when needed in the fourth quarter.

“In every game, we were up for a while,” Clark said. “I don’t think we completed the game like we should’ve. I think (Friday) we finished it. I’m proud of them and my seniors. I thought defensively we played well. What we did do later in the game was we held them to one shot. We rebounded the ball. I told the guys at halftime we have to push it more.”

Central Lafourche coach Mark Sanders said Friday’s game was an unfortunate end to their previous 10-game winning streak. Sanders said the Trojans simply made too many offensive errors with turnovers and bad movement on offense.

“Our biggest issue right now is execution on offense,” Sanders said. “We’re not getting the right people in the right spots. We’re not making the right passes. Over here at Thibodaux High School, you can’t have three or four trips in a row and not score because they are scoring on the other end. We didn’t make good decisions. They’ve been doing that for the last 10 games. They didn’t do that (Friday night).”


H.L. BOURGEOIS 82, HAHNVILLE 74 (at Gray, District 7-5A game)

Score by quarters: Hahnville led 15-8 after the first quarter, HLB led 31-29 at halftime and HLB led 55-46 at the end of the third quarter.

Statistical leaders: HLB – Anthony Rainey Jr. (36 points), Divine Martin (22 points), Anthony Ruffin Jr. (13 points), Deondre Buggage (nine points).

Records: HLB (23-10 overall, 8-4 in district); Hahnville (22-10 overall, 8-4 in district)

Note: HLB’S Anthony Rainey Jr. went over the 2,000-point career mark during the game. He is HLB’s all-time leader at 2,002 points.

DESTREHAN 57, TERREBONNE 47 (at Destrehan, District 7-5A game)

Statistical leaders: Terrebonne – Jahki Douglas (14 points; first career dunk), KeShawn James (11 points), Daveyon Smith (10 points), Chavez Brown (11 rebounds).

Records: Terrebonne (7-22 overall, 0-12 in district); Destrehan (15-16 overall, 4-8 in district).

ASSUMPTION 67, MORGAN CITY 63 (at Napoleonville, District 7-4A game)

Score by quarters: Assumption led 18-16 after the first quarter, 36-25 at halftime and 54-42 at the end of the third quarter.

Statistical leaders: Assumption – Jacoby Brown (19 points), Josh Ratcliff (16 points), Dongell Washington (12 points).

Records: Morgan City (23-6 overall, 5-1 in district); Assumption (18-15 overall, 5-1 in district).

Note: Assumption’s win forces three-way tie for district title with Morgan City and Ellender. Mustangs coach Derek Szush said the three teams are discussing a way to settle the tie for first-place in district purposes.

ELLENDER 83, SOUTH TERREBONNE 76 (at Houma, District 7-4A game)

Score by quarters: Ellender led 16-11 after the first quarter, South Terrebonne led 40-33 at halftime and it was tied at 57 at the end of the third quarter.

Statistical leaders: Ellender – Kobe Hartman (21 points, 12 rebounds), Marquie Mosely (18 points), Askyre Anderson (18 points, six blocks), J’amire Mott (13 points); South Terrebonne – Connor Brunet (21 points), Davonte Miller (18 points), RJ Cox (16 points).

Records: Ellender (11-15 overall, 5-1 in district); South Terrebonne (13-18 overall, 2-4 in district).

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 65, E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 58 (at Houma, District 7-4A game)

Score by quarters: Vandebilt led 17-7 after the first quarter, 34-24 at halftime and 42-34 at the end of the third quarter.

Statistical leaders: Vandebilt – Kenyon Charles (22 points), Cullen Duplantis (19 points), Seth Ponson (16 points), JaCorey Wells (11 rebounds); EDW – Quinn Strander (17 points), Peyton Amedee (13 points), Charles Brady (11 points), Matt Rodrigue (11 points)

Records: Vandebilt (6-10 overall, 1-5 in district); EDW 6-17 overall, 1-5 in district)

ST. JAMES 42, ST. CHARLES 37 (at St. James, District 10-3A game)

Statistical leaders: St. James – Glenn Brown (13 points), Darrion Harry (eight points), Jarvis Moll (seven points), Jarred Parker (six rebounds)

Records: St. James (13-15 overall, 2-6 in district); St. Charles (7-20 overall, 0-8 in district)

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 80, LUTHERAN 65 (at Metairie, nondistrict game)

Statistical leaders: CCA – Dakarai Johnson (50 points), Anthony Ruffin (12 points)

Records: CCA (19-9 overall); Lutheran (6-16 overall)

-- Compiled by sports writers Kelly McElroy and Chris Singleton.