Salmen’s Spartans gave it their all battling Saturday night in the Class 4A state championship basketball game in Lake Charles, but came up just short being edged by No. 6 seed Landry-Walker 37-35 on a put back by Keytaon Thompson at the buzzer. Salmen’s Spartans, the No. 1 seed, mentored by head coach Jay Carlin, finished their incredible playoff run at 29-6 as the Landry-Walker Buccaneers (26-9) grabbed their second consecutive state title in their second-year of existence after merging with O. Perry Walker.
Salmen’s Corey Vinson finished with 12 points to top the Spartans. Salmen built an 18-11 halftime advantage before Landry-Walker battled back with the Buccaneers taking their first lead on a steal with a layup to make it 29-28 with 6:55 to play. Landry-Walker’s defense forced a critical five-second call on Salmen’s attempted inbound pass with only 3.9 seconds remaining, and the score tied 35-35.
Landry-Walker’s Lamar Peters took the subsequent inbound pass and dribbled up court launching a shot from just inside half court, which was off. Thompson, also the quarterback on the Buccaneers’ football team, worked himself free on the follow, capping off the play with the game-winner to the dismay of the Salmen Spartans. Congratulations to the Salmen Spartans, and their coaching staff along with their counterpart the Lady Spartans, coached by Kevin Anderson, who also capped off their season, settling for state runner up finishes.

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