Local Sabine Parish High School, Ebarb, had the chance to play in the State Championship game for the first time in 51 years. Though the game ended in a loss, the Ebarb Rebels played an incredible game to finish off an impressive season. The following from BWS Sports are a few of the Ebarb highlights.
“Right before the half, Simpson rattled off five points to cut the deficit to six points, 31-25.
Ebarb had pretty much dominated the course of play, shooting over 50 percent from the floor and outrebounding the Broncos by eight, 18-10.
But Simpson came out in the third quarter with dogged determination. The Broncos outscored Ebarb, 18-8, to claim a 43-39 advantage going into the final frame of regulation.
The Rebels continued to battle, taking a 53-52 lead after a pair of three-point plays by Zach Parrie. But Simpson managed to retake the advantage at 59-56 with 44 seconds to go as Ethan Nash drained a pair of free throws.
After a missed free throw by Simpson, the Rebels had an opportunity to tie the game and did just that on a three-pointer from Parrie with six seconds to go, 59-59.
But in overtime, it was all Broncos, getting six points from Vargas and four from senior Rhett Petre as Simpson outscored Ebarb, 14-6, in the extra session to win its second state championship in three years.
“What a journey it’s been,” said Petre, who finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals. “All I can do is thank God.”
Simpson head coach Jade Losavio couldn’t have been prouder of his team.
“They played their hearts out,” Losavio said. “What a battle that was. Give credit to Ebarb. But I’m really proud of our boys. Hard work pays off.”
Nash added 10 points and seven rebounds in the win.
Parrie was one of four Rebels in double figures with 24 points. Ethan Ezernack and Alec Remedies each finished with 12 points, while Connor Malmay contributed 11 points in the loss.”
Photo courtesy of Eugene Rogers
SOURCE: Daniel Green, BWS Sports
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