Gents, Rebels and Warriors prep for playoff runs
CROWLEY – Midway through the season, the Crowley Gents were on the outside looking in as far as the playoff picture was concerned.
Sitting at No. 33 in the LHSAA’s unofficial power ratings at the time, the Gents found themselves battling for their playoff lives after starting the season with a record of 6-11.
That added motivation was more than enough as the Gents went on to win nine of their last 10 games and claim their third straight district championship.
That late surge not only assured the Gents of a playoff berth, but it also moved them up to No. 15 in the state power ratings, giving them a first-round home game on Monday against No. 18 Bogalusa.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
“We feel real good about the first round, especially since we’re hosting,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone. “It’s always good to start the playoffs at home. We’ve been playing well for the past month and hopefully that carries over to the postseason.”
The Gents will have to contend with a Bogalusa squad that is led by 6-foot-7 forward LaDamion Keys and 6-foot-4 forward Brian Williams.
“They get up and down the floor and they play real loose,” said Boone of Bogalusa. “They have some size, but we’re used to playing against teams that are bigger than us. We just have to play smart and come out and play our game.”
Boone said his team will not make any major changes for the Lumberjacks.
“We’re not going to adjust to them, they’re going to adjust to us,” he said. “We are going to play our style of game and if we play like we are capable of playing, I think we’ll be alright.”
In other playoff action, the Midland Rebels landed the No. 4 seed in Class C and will entertain No. 29 Forest on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Rayne Wolves fell outside of the top 32 in the power ratings but earned an automatic bid into the Class 3A playoffs by virtue of their runnerup finish in Districtt 5-3A. The No. 32 Wolves will travel to No. 2 Richwood Monday for their opening round game.
In Class C, Northside received the No. 3 seed and will have a bye in the opening round.
The Warriors (21-7) will host the winner of Tuesday’s bi-district game between No. 14 Sicily Island and No. 19 Georgetown on Friday in a quarterfinal matchup.