The Minden High Crimson Tide notched its 11th win of the season Saturday night as they defeated North Caddo on the way to claiming the crown as champions of the Gibsland Bank and Trust Holiday Classic.
Minden's tourney championship is the first the host school has claimed since 2007.
"It felt really good to win the Holiday Classic," Minden coach Alan Shaw said. "This is the first time in quite a while we've won, even though we have made the final several times since that last title."
Minden didn't just defeat every team they played, they dominated the competition.
"We played really well throughout the tournament," Shaw said. "The closest game was the championship and we won that by 17 points."
Against North Caddo, Shaw said the Tiders put together a complete ball game on the way to the 82-65 victory.
"We knew North Caddo was going to be good just by the teams they defeated to get to the championship game," he said. "They beat Arcadia, North Webster and Captain Shreve. Those are all good, quality teams."
Shaw said the main difference in the title game was the excellent play from the Minden bench.
"When we were able to go to the bench and still play our game that really wore North Caddo down," he said. "You could see that it really was tough on them to have those fresh legs coming at them."
With the tournament championship, Minden now sits at 11-2 on the year and looking forward to district play.
"There is still a lot of basketball left to play," Shaw said. "But this team has played so well this year and I'm happy for them because last year was a tough season."
A very young Minden team had a rough campaign last year, but most of that team is back in 2012-13 and they have matured and are playing well.
"Most of the kids that were on last year's team are on this year's team," Shaw said. "When we were struggling they didn't give up and now they are enjoying the benefits of all that hard work."
C.J. Elkin was the leading scorer for Minden in the championship game. He notched 30 points to lead the way to victory. Anfernee Red and Reggie Seamster each had 11 points. Elgin Moore added 10.