Bossier High and Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing will be at home for first-round games when the state basketball playoffs get under way Tuesday night.
The Bearkats, seeded No. 1 in Class 3A, will play Port Barre. The Lions, seeded No. 16 in Class A, will play No. 17 seed Hamilton Christian of Baton Rouge.
Likely starters for Bossier High are 6-4 senior Tevin Robertson, 6-5 senior Rashard Owens, 5-11 senior Breon Morris, 5-11 senior Deorvion Robinson and 6-2 junior Devonte Hall. Robertson is the leading scorer with 13.2 points per game, followed by Hall (12.0) and Owens (10.2) as they have led the Bearkats to a 27-3 record in regular-season play.
Three senior starters for Plain Dealing are 5-10 Cardarrious Ray, 6-0 Deaumante Johnson and 5-6 Kaino Long. The other two starters will likely be 6-3 junior Trey Harris and 5-11 sophomore Isaac Jacobs.
Port Barre was 15-12 in regular-season play. The Bossier High-Port Barre winner will play the winner of a game between No. 16 seed Madison Parish and No. 17 seed Rayville in the second round. Madison Parish and Rayville were both 1-7 in district play.
Hamilton Christian was 14-14 in regular-season play. The winner of the Plain Dealing-Hamilton Christian game will play the winner of a game between No. 1 seed Christian Life (Baton Rouge) and No. 32 seed Ascension Catholic in the second round.
The only local team in the Class 5A state playoffs that will play its first round game at home is No. 15 seed Byrd, which will play host to West Jefferson (New Orleans). No. 20 seed Captain Shreve will be going south to play Woodlawn-Baton Rouge.
Bossier High would have to win three playoff games to extend its Bossier Parish record streak of consecutive 30-win seasons to five. The Bearkats wouldn’t face a team ranked in the Top Ten in Louisiana High School Athletic Association power rankings until the third round, when they could play No. 8 Bogalusa or No. 9 Glen Oaks.