Bracket Breakdown: Carver, Newman, Crescent City earn top seeds in Louisiana boys basketball playoffs
BOYS’ BASKETBALL BRACKETS
Three area teams have earned top seeds in the LHSAA boys basketball state playoffs, including Carver, Newman and Crescent City Christian.
In Class 5A, Natchitoches Central (19-1) is the top seed. The Chiefs host No. 32 Lafayette Friday at 6:30 p.m.
No. 4 Hahnville (18-3), which reached the semifinals a year ago, hosts Southwood. The Tigers have won six straight games.
If seeds hold, Hahnville could face a quarterfinal showdown with Bonnabel.
No. 5 Bonnabel (20-5), which reached the title game a year ago, will host No. 28 Hammond Friday at 7 p.m. The Bruins have won seven straight games but have not played since Feb. 13, due to COVID-19 protocols.
District 6-5A rivals in No. 9 Slidell (19-8) and No. 24 Fontainebleau (16-8) will collide at Slidell. The two schools did not meet in the regular season as both scheduled games were canceled. The Tigers have won four straight games while the Bulldogs have lost their last three games.
No. 14 East St. John (22-7) plays host to No. 19 Ruston.
No. 11 Northshore (19-11) entertains No. 22 Benton.
No. 18 Ponchatoula (15-14) travels to No. 15 Walker Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
East Jefferson (17-9) is dangerous, if healthy, as a 23rd seed. The Warriors make the long trip to Monroe to take on No. 10 Ouachita Parish Friday at 6:30 p.m.
No. 26 Chalmette (17-11) travels to face defending state champion and No. 7 seed Alexandria (23-8).
Carver (25-1) earned the No. 1 seed in 4A. The Rams, who reached the semifinals a year ago, will host District 11-4A rival and No. 32 Warren Easton (8-15) Friday at 6 p.m. Carver handled the Eagles 79-50 at home on Jan. 28.
McMain (18-5) earned the No. 2 seed and the Mustangs are home Thursday at 7 p.m. against No. 31 Rayne.
No. 8 Lakeshore (22-2) entertains No. 25 Livonia at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. The Titans have won eight straight games.
No. 12 Landry (15-12) will host No. 21 Assumption. The Buccaneers, as Landry-Walker, won state championships in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and lost in overtime in the 5A final in 2018.
District 8-5A rivals in No. 13 Helen Cox (12-9) and No. 20 Belle Chasse (13-9) will square off again Friday night on the West Bank at 7 p.m. The Cougars edged the Cardinals 54-51 at Belle Chasse on Feb. 8.
No. 14 Salmen (11-8) will play host to No. 19 Northside.
No. 11 Karr (15-13) welcomes No. 22 Tioga Friday night at 6 p.m. The Cougars could meet the Spartans in the quarterfinals if both can advance.
In Class 3A, always powerful Madison Prep (19-3) is the top seed and the Chargers will host No. 32 Bogalusa (9-11) Friday at 7 p.m.
No. 3 Sophie B. Wright (16-7) will host No. 30 Sterlington Friday night at 6 p.m.
Bossier (16-9) is the defending state champion and will host No. 28 Glen Oaks Friday at 6 p.m.
No. 8 Booker T. Washington of New Orleans (13-8) is a dangerous team at its seed and will host No. 25 Iota Friday at 6 p.m. The Lions could face Madison Prep in the quarterfinals. The two teams were scheduled to meet in the regular season but the game was canceled.
No. 18 Lutcher (12-4) makes a long trip to No. 15 Union Parish.
No. 22 Donaldsonville (8-7) makes the trip to No. 11 St. Martinville Friday night at 6 p.m.
No. 24 Douglass (14-6) hits the road to No. 9 Patterson.
No. 31 McDonogh 35 (9-9) has to go to No. 2 Wossman Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
In Class 2A, Rayville (20-2) is the top seed and will host No. 32 Welsh Friday at 7 p.m. Rayville was the runner-up a year ago.
No. 4 Doyle (22-8) is home against No. 29 DeQuincy at 6 p.m. at Doyle Elementary.
Morris Jeff Community (20-5) is the ninth seed and gets a home date against Avoyelles Public Charter at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The Pelicans are red hot, winners of 14 straight games.
No. 13 French Settlement (21-7) has a home game against No. 20 Mangham Friday at 7 p.m.
No. 22 Sarah Reed (12-17) hits the road to No. 11 Madison.
No. 23 St. Helena (15-13) heads to No. 10 Winnfield at 6 p.m. Friday.
No. 28 Varnado (9-7) travels to No. 5 Franklin.
No. 31 South Plaquemines (3-16) faces a tall task at defending state champion and second-seeded Port Allen Friday at 6 p.m.
In Class 1A, defending state champion North Central (19-4) is the top seed and has a first-round bye.
Elton (17-3) is the second seed and has a bye.
No. 22 West St. John (1-20) is at No. 11 Merryville.
In Class B, Anacoco (33-2) is the top seed and has a bye.
Simsboro (21-2) is the second seed with a bye.
Unbeaten defending state champion Doyline (13-0) is the fourth seed and has a bye.
No. 12 Holden (15-12) hosts No. 21 Midland.
No. 13 Mount Hermon (10-11) is home against No. 20 Florien Friday at 5:30 p.m.
In Class C, Simpson (21-5) is the top seed and will host No. 16 Georgetown Friday at 6 p.m.
Phoenix (13-6) earned the second seed and will host No. 15 Hicks.
Defending state champion Pleasant Hill (14-16) is seeded eighth and hosts No. 9 Starks on Mar. 1 at 6 p.m.
Grand Isle (6-9) is seeded 12th and must travel to No. 5 Gibsland-Coleman Saturday at 3 p.m.
On the Select side in Division I, 4-time defending champion Scotlandville (24-3) has been to the state title game 11 straight times and has the top seed once again. The Hornets have a bye to the quarterfinals.
St. Paul’s (25-7) is the second seed and the Wolves have a bye.
St. Augustine (19-6) is the third seed.
Jesuit (18-9) is seeded fifth and the Blue Jays will host Catholic League rival Archbishop Rummel (2-21). The Blue Jays swept the Raiders in District 9-5A play.
In another District 9-5A rematch, No. 11 Holy Cross (5-19) makes the very short drive to No. 6 Brother Martin (20-7) on Mar. 2. The Crusaders swept a pair of regular season matchups.
Should Brother Martin win, the Crusaders would square off with Catholic League rival and district champion St. Augustine for a third time this season. St. Aug swept the regular season meetings.
No. 10 John Curtis Christian (7-12) heads to No. 7 McKinley on Mar. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
In Division II, University High (25-4) is the top seed and the Cubs will host No. 16 Patrick Taylor (7-14) Friday at 6 p.m. The Cubs won three consecutive state titles from 2014-16.
Red hot St. Thomas More (27-4) is the second seed and 2-time defending state champion and the Cougars will host No. 15 Loyola Prep. St. Thomas More has won 22 straight games.
No. 9 Archbishop Hannan (25-7) travels across the lake to New Orleans to face No. 8 De La Salle (11-8). The Cavaliers won the Division II title in 2017.
Thomas Jefferson (12-4) is seeded 11th and the Jaguars play at No. 6 St. Louis Catholic Mar. 1 at 6 p.m.
No. 12 Lusher Charter (10-8) plays at No. 5 St. Michael at 6 p.m. on Mar. 2.
No. 14 Ben Franklin (10-7) heads to No. 3 Liberty Mar. 2 at 7 p.m.
In Division III, Newman (17-6) is the top seed. The Greenies have a bye into the quarterfinals.
No. 2 Dunham (15-11) is the defending state champion and has a bye into the quarterfinals.
No. 7 Northlake Christian (9-11) will host No. 10 Ascension Episcopal Friday at 6 p.m.
No. 8 St. Thomas Aquinas (9-13) will entertain No. 9 Catholic of New Iberia Saturday at 2 p.m.
No. 11 St. Charles Catholic (9-14) plays at No. 6 Lafayette Christian.
No. 12 Pope John Paul II (9-22) travels to No. 5 Episcopal Friday at 6 p.m.
In Division IV, defending state champion Crescent City Christian (15-6) has the No. 1 seed. The Pioneers will entertain No. 16 Cedar Creek Friday at 6 p.m.
Riverside Academy (16-10) is the second seed and the Rebels welcome No. 15 Highland Baptist Friday at 6 p.m. Riverside has won five state titles since 2010, most recently in 2015.
No. 5 Country Day (12-9) is at home Thursday against No. 12 Westminster Christian. The Cajuns have won state titles most recently in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019 and have seven state championships overall. The Cajuns could well face a showdown with Crescent City Christian in the semifinals.
In Division V, 3-time defending state champion Jehovah-Jireh (17-14) is the top seed and has a bye to the quarterfinals.
Christ Episcopal (9-11) is the seventh seed and plays at No. 2 Family Christian Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
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