There might be some trepidation among those round the Hahnville program about having to face top-ranked Thibodaux in the second round of the Class 5A plays, but HHS coach Yussef Jasmine isn’t among them.
“The last time we had Thibodaux, we were winning the whole game the end of the game,” said Jasmine, referring to a 74-72 road loss. “Before the playoffs began, I felt pretty good about our matchups. I kind of figured Thibodaux being the one seed, it would be tough for them to lose that first round.
“I love the matchup. I think personnel-wise, we match up good against them. I think we can guard them.”
The game is slated for 7 p.m. at R.K. Smith Middle School gym in Luling.
In other playoff games involving River Parish teams, St. Charles Catholic starts things up by facing David Thibodaux at 6 p.m. Monday.
Joining Thibodaux in Tuesday action will be St. James hosting Glen Oaks and Riverside Academy taking on visiting The Church Academy.
Hahnville, the No. 17 seed, lost twice to Thibodaux in District 7-5A. Along with the narrow 74-72 defeat, Hahnville fell 73-55 in an earlier encounter.
The floor general for Thibodaux is point guard Kobi Johnson.
“He doesn’t turn the ball over much. He was an all-district player last year and made all-district again this year,” Jasmine said of Johnson.
A key go-to guy for Thibodaux is Melvin Robertson.
“He’s a back-to-the-basket kind of guy. I thought we did a good job on him the last game,” said Jasmine.
All five players on the court, Jasmine said, are a threat for Thibodaux.
“They play man-to-man. They play solid man defense. They don’t do a lot of gambling,” Jasmine said. “They like to get up and down and spread the court, dribble drive and kick out to the shooters. Most of the time they pretty much have five guys who can shoot the ball.
“They like to spread you out, take jump shots and things of that nature. That’s kind or our style, too, so let the best team win.”
St. Charles, the No. 12 seed in Division II and No. 5 seed David Thibodaux both had opening-round byes.
The Comets play a methodical type of basketball.
“We have to play a game of handling the basketball, of working and grinding out until we get a really good shot. We have to fight on the boards because of our height differential. Our success, or lack thereof, rests on how well we can do those things,” said St. Charles coach Kemper Todd.
Pacing the Comets is senior Jason Bosco. Bosco is averaging 17.1 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Christian Montz, a forward, is averaging 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds for St. Charles.
St. James, the No. 26 seed in Class 3A, defeated rival Donaldsonville, the No. 7 seed, 54-41 on the road to open the playoffs.
Glen Oaks, the No. 10 seed, advanced with a 53-48 victory at No. 23 Crowley.
Regardless of outcome, the mere fact St. James is hosting a playoff game makes the 2018-19 Wildcats an historic group. The game is slated for 7 p.m. in Vacherie.
“Last week’s win means we were able to get back home and host a playoff game. It’s the first playoff game in our gym. That’s huge. They (the current Wildcats) will do down in history knowing we were the first team to have a playoff game in the new arena,” St. James coach James Bell said.
Glen Oaks has been known as a traditional power in basketball.
“Coach Harvey Adger is a coach that has been there a long time,” Smith said. “He will bring in a disciplined basketball team. They will do the things good teams do. They will be well-coached and expect a good game from them.
“They throw a lot of things at you and see what you are capable of handling. They bring pressure, they bring matchup zone-type stuff. It’s like fishing. You have to catch on what they are biting.”
Leading Glen Oaks is guard James Weathers.
“Everybody has a guy who makes them go,” said Smith.
The Panthers’ size comes in the form of 6-foot-5 Celdric Chambers.
The Wildcats have size up front with 6-foot-5 sophomore center Saivion Jones, 6-foot-5 senior forward Keithon Burham and Chase Geason, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior power forward.
Shamar Smith, the quarterback on the St. James football team, plays wing and off-guard with TJ Octave being the point guard.
After an opening-round bye, Riverside Academy will see its first playoff action of the season when the Rebels host The Church Academy at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Riverside, the No. 4 seed in Division III and The Church Academy, the No. 13 seed, both had opening-round byes in the playoffs.
The Rebels bring an un-Rebel-like 15-16 record into the postseason.
“We struggled for awhile and then put it together the last month of the season. We feel really good going into the playoffs. Our guys bought in and they all know their roles,” Riverside coach Timmy Byrd.
The 2018-19 Rebels, Byrd said, have proven to be a resilient group.
“They hung onto the rope. They could have quit. They hung in there and they have turned the corner and now are playing like a Riverside team of old,” the Rebels coach said.
With not enough teams to fill out the Division III bracket, the Rebels had an opening-round bye.
“You would like to not have a break but at least we don’t have two byes like we did last year,” Byrd said. “It’s a little more than a week before we play but it’s a lot better than two weeks.”
The Church Academy, Byrd said, is the type of team that presents a scenario where his Rebels have to concentrate more on themselves than any particular opponent.
“They played a much different schedule than we played,” said Byrd. “We haven’t played any teams they have played so we really don’t know much about them. Frankly, we are more focused on what we do and not really worrying about what they are doing.
“We will do what we do and just make sure we guard all five of their guys and try not to lock in on one guy. When they run their man motion, we will try to stack the box and not let them have cuts. That’s the main thing.”