Knights to face top-seeded Newman in Division III semifinal matchup in High School Sports

Episcopal has come a long way since entering the Division III select playoffs on a three-game losing streak. They have covered a lot of ground with consecutive road upsets to return to the LHSAA Boys State Basketball tournament. The 13th-seeded Knights defeated the 4th seeded Calvary Baptist with a score of 63-59 and followed that with a 76-61 win over the 5th seeded St. Thomas Aquinas last Friday, the same team that previously defeated them 86-63 on Feb. 15.

The secret to their success is their focus and commitment to each other, according to Coach Ben Young. With seven seniors on the team, they are determined to keep the season going and are peaking at the right time. Despite facing their biggest test yet, with a semifinal against top-seeded Newman (18-3), the Knights are confident and ready for the challenge.

Newman, the two-time defending champion, is considered one of the best teams in the state, regardless of classification. However, Young emphasized the importance of sticking to their game plan and not getting overly concerned about the opponent. The Episcopal team’s seniors, including Parks McMains, TJ Callahan, and Lance Cook, lead the offense and have been playing exceptionally well.

McMains has been scoring an average of 21 points in the last two games, with a particular success in 3-pointers. Callahan and Cook also contribute significantly to the team’s success. The belief and confidence within

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