The Bossier Bearkats and Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing Lions face different challenges in the second round of the boys basketball playoffs tonight.
As the No. 1 seed in Class 3A, the Bearkats will have all the pressure on them when they visit No. 17 Rayville (14-13) at 7.
The No. 16 seed Lions (12-10) have nothing to lose when they take on No. 1 Christian Life (24-5) at 7 in Baton Rouge.
Bossier routed No. 32 Port Barre 85-23 in the first round Tuesday.
Bossier coach Jeremiah Williams believes Rayville will provide his team with much more of a challenge.
The Hornets play in District 2-3A, perhaps the toughest in the state.
All five teams in the district made the playoffs and four reached the second round.
Richwood, which defeated Bossier in last year’s state title game, was the district champion and is No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Farmerville is seeded third and Carroll fourth.
All five might still be alive, but two played in the first round. Rayville, the No. 17 seed, defeated No. 16 Madison 56-47.
“We know it’s going to be a dogfight,” Williams said. “But we’re looking forward to it. That’s why you play the game.”
Louisiana New Tech knows what it takes to upset a top seed. The Lions did it last year, knocking off Metairie Park-Country Day in the quarterfinals in Plain Dealing.
Many of the same players who pulled off that upset, including standouts Cardarrious Ray, Deaumante Johnson, are back this year.
But this time the Lions will have to do it on the road.
Christian Life won District 7-1A with a 10-0 record. The Crusaders feature 6-foot-4 Johnathan Stove, who averages 21 points and 10 rebounds per game.