Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Class 5A 2nd Round Playoff Preview and Prediction

Catholic league, that is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear 5A about traditional powers. This year is once again the same song and dance. After years of absence due to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that stopped what would have been one of the greatest string of state titles by Brother Martin with D.J. Augustin, Courtney Wallace, Ryan Brock and the rest of the Crusaders from BM. When the Catholic League is good, 5A is one of the best classes in the state. Then you throw in that Baton Rouge always has a top team in Louisiana every year in 5A traditionally and then 5A is great to watch. This year is the same thing as Catholic League member St. Augustine  who hosts Slidell and Baton Rouge's Scotlandville are among the state's elite in 5A. Also in the 2nd round of note are Brother Martin and Jesuit also of the Catholic league and traditional teams with a history of success in 5A are Westgate, Ouachita, Sulphur and St. Thomas More. Then there are teams like Hammond and Southwood that will face off tonight. Hammond the 5 seed and Southwood the 21 seed will be one of the highest scoring games in all classes tonight as both are led by a pair of standout guards. Southwood will rely on Mike Davis and Dean Johns where Hammond will look to Mark Bridgewater and Dominick McCoy. Another added twist to this game is that Hammond's 1st year coach Brent Grigas is a former member of Southwood coach Norm Picou's staff at Southwood. That should definitely make things fun to see. A few games to really keep an eye on will be Sulphur hosting their district rival LaGrange, Catholic who upset Hahnville will play a talented Jesuit team at home, St. Thomas More travels to the defending champ in Ouachita while Scotlandville will visit Natchitoches Central in what could be a possible upset waiting to happen if SMHS takes them lightly.

Class 5A 2nd Round Predictions:

1. St. Augustin over 16. Slidell
9. Brother Martin over 25. Ponchatoula
21. Southwood over 5 Hammond
4. Sulphur over 13. LaGrange
3. Ouachita over 14. St. Thomas More
6. Jesuit over 22. Catholic
7. Westgate over 23. Covington
2. Scotlandville over 18. Natchitoches Central

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