Lanier boys basketball head coach Jeremy Huckaby came into the Lanier Holiday Classic looking for a title game rematch with Lambert.
Lanier used another strong shooting night and a big third-quarter surge to push its way past Mountain View 64-37 in the tournament semifinal on Friday night.
The win puts the Longhorns (8-5) into the tournament title game tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the second straight year, where it will face the team it lost to in that finale in Lambert.
"This is the matchup we wanted," Lanier head coach Jeremy Huckaby said. "This is another opportunity for us to take our program to the next level. We're a heck of a lot better now than we were in November and playing teams like Lambert will help make us better in February and March. I'd love to see our crowd come out and show up (on Saturday)."
Leading 29-16 at the half, the Longhorns exploded in the third quarter with a 26-8 outburst to put the game away. Jordan Harper, who led Lanier with 18 points and four assists, was a big part of that with eight in the period.
Simon Shafack also added 13 points for Lanier, while Peyton Smith scored 11 as the Longhorns shot over 60 percent for the third straight game.
Mountain View, which will play for third place today at 4:30 p.m. against Ashley Ridge, was led by 12 points from Mike Jenkins.
Winder-Barrow 50, Providence 40
Winder-Barrow bounced back after an opening-round loss to Lanier in the Lanier Christmas Tournament by downing Providence 50-40 in the second round on Friday.
Travis DeMeritte led the Bulldoggs (6-6) with 15 points, while Zay Hestes added 10 points.
Winder-Barrow will play Whitewater today at 1:30 p.m. for fifth place, while Providence faces Stockbridge at 10:30 a.m. in the seventh-place game.
Mountain View 58, Lambert 38
Mountain View led from the opening tip as the Bears (9-3) advanced to the Lanier Christmas Tournament title game with a 58-38 win over Lambert on Friday.
Aneysa Williams paced Mountain View with 10 points and seven assists, while helping in the Bears defensive effort with nine steals.
"We live and die by our defense," Mountain View head coach Jackie Lindquist said after her team forced 21 turnovers. "We are going to play 94 feet and get up on you. We try to get steals and turn those into easy layups."
Kelsey Hutchins also logged a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Iceis Walker scored 12 points. D'Andra Pringle also chipped in with eight points and three steals.
The Bears, who lost in the semifinals of the same tournament a year ago, will play Central Gwinentt for the tournament crown tonight at 6 p.m.
"We're excited to be in the title game this year," Lindquist said. "That was one of our goals."
Mountain View got off to a strong start shooting by hitting 8 of 15 shots in the first quarter. The Bears also shot their free throws well, hitting 14 of 21.
Winder-Barrow 45, East Jackson 26
After opening the season with 11 straight losses, Winder-Barrow found the win column on Friday afternoon with a solid 45-26 win over East Jackson.
The Bulldoggs (1-11) got off to a good start by leading 8-1 after the first period and put the game out of reach with an 18-point outburst in the third quarter.
Tiera Mayweather and Adrianna Davis each scored 10 points to lead Winder-Barrow. The Bulldoggs play again today at noon against Whitewater for fifth place.
Whitewater 53, Providence 41
Providence fell just short on Friday in the second round of the Lanier Christmas Tournament against whitewater, losing 53-41.
Megan Parker led the Storm (5-4) with 14 points, while Jessie Kowalewicz followed with 13 points. Providence will wind up its tournament against East Jackson this morning at 9 for seventh place.