Friday, March 5, 2010

Class 2A Quarterfinal Predictions and Preview

TJ Williams(left) of Jonesboro-Hodge and Zack Baty(right) of Mamou
will lead their teams in the quarterfinals tonight
When you think of 2A in recent years you think St. Thomas Aquinas as the team to beat, well  18 seed Jonesboro Hodge did that at STA on wednesday night and will now host 7 seed Donaldsonville tonight in a 2A quarterfinal game. With STA out the picture, the bottom part of the bracket is very wide open. Not only did J-Hodge beat the Falcons, but they secured themselves a home game which may be huge if they want to make the top 28. Looking to lead J-Hodge will be 6'7" TJ Williams who had a game high 23 on wednesday. Lorenzo Collins will lead D'ville as they look to get to the Cajun Dome as well. The winner of that matchup will face the winner of 3 seed Red River and 6 seed Mamou. Red River will look to Cordarius Johnson and Cordarius Smith to lead the way while Mamou, who is coming off a thrilling 2 OT win over Episcopal will rely on Zack Baty who hit the 3 to win the game over the 11 seed Knights.  Baty is one of the top scorers in the state in 2A.

Cedric Jenkins(left) and Dantrell Thomas(right) of Many will lead their teams
in the quarterfinals tonight

On the top side of the bracket you have the two best teams in the state left with top seeded Riverside and 4 seed Many. Riverside will travel to 8 seed Springfield while Many will host 5 seed Evangel. Riverside will look to make a statement early as they go on the road to a hostile Livingston Parish crowd in Springfield. Coach Timmy Byrd's team will be very aware what awaits them as most of his players have been in this situation before while at Reserve Christian. Seniors Kyle McClue, Cedric Jenkins and sophomores Louis Dabney and Ricardo Gathers will lead the way for the Rebels. Many is also in familiar territory as the 2009 state runner-up will look to advance to the top 28 for the 3rd straight year with a win tonight. Dantrell Thomas and Nic Jacobs will lead the way for the Tigers of coach Darrin Dyess who is one of the top coaches in 2A and Louisiana.

Class 2A Quarterfinal Predictions

1 seed Riverside over 8 seed Springfield
4 seed Many over 5 seed Evangel
3 seed Red River over 6 Mamou
18 seed Jonesboro-Hodge over 7 seed Donaldsonville

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