Matt Derenbecker(right) of Country Day and Langston Galloway(left) of Christian Life
will lead their teams in the quarterfinals tonightDistrict rivalries renewed, classic programs colliding and a lot of good games highlight the 1A quarterfinal slate. Let's start on the bottom part of the bracket with Central Catholic, the 3 seed hosting 11 seed and traditional 1A power Arcadia. This game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Central Catholic due to the Arcadia girls in the 1A state title game on the girls side. This is a game in which the 3 seed may be an underdog in their own gym. Arcadia has proved they can go on the road and win after a double digit win at 6 seed Elton. This game is definitely going to be interesting and fun to see the outcome of. The other game on the bottom part of the bracket featurs 2 seed Country Day, the defending 1A state champ against White Castle, the 10 seed with tons of history in this class as a powerhouse. This game will be close for possibly a half but look for CD to run away late behind stellar play from LSU signee Matt Derenbecker who is averaging 30+ a game in the playoffs. Ronald Martin, a junior from WCHS is a player to watch for the Bulldogs.
On the top side of the bracket you have the top seed in Christian Life hosting their district rival East Iberville, a 9 seed. EI comes in after dominating Southern Lab 73-48 while CLA went to Gueydan and won 91-36 to make a statement that they want their 1A state title back from Country Day. So, do not be surprised if CLA comes out looking to make another statement tonight in their 3rd meeting with the Tigers. CLA is lead by Langston Galloway, Patrick Robinson, Corey Self and McCall Tomeny while E.I. will look to senior guard Donovan Richardson. The last game of not features two team very familiar with winning seasons and deep playoff runs with 5 seed Plain Dealing and YonDarius Johnson traveling to LeBau to meet #4 seed North Central.
Class 1A Quarterfinal Predictions:
1 seed Christian Life over 9 seed East Iberville
4 seed North Central over 5 seed Plain Dealing
11 seed Arcadia over 3 seed Central Catholic
2 seed Country Day over 10 seed White Castle