Dunham, East Feliciana, White Castle all set for LHSAA boys tourney semifinals

Dunham, East Feliciana, White Castle all set for LHSAA boys tourney semifinals
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The roles are cast for the LHSAA’s five-act Tuesday production. Dunham is up first and is enters as the underdog.

East Feliciana is the newcomer and a favorite with star power. White Castle has a rich tradition and seeks a breakout performance.

Intrigued? Then the five-game session of the LHSAA’s Boys State Basketball tournament in Lake Charles is the place to be.

“I played for coach (J.P.) Piper and coached with coach (Jonathan) Pixley … legends at our school,” Dunham coach Chad Myers said. “It is one of my dreams to do this and win a title for my alma mater.

“There is a standard at Dunham, so we don’t want to go as a participant … we want to win it. Of course, we know Newman is the defending champion and one of the state’s top teams. It’s a challenge.”

The fourth-seeded Tigers (20-8) meet top-seeded Newman (23-3) in the Division III select semifinal that tips off the action at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at Burton Coliseum.

At 3 p.m., the Tigers’ District 6-2A rival, top-seeded East Feliciana (22-7), plays No. 4 North Central (22-12), a tourney regular, in a Division IV nonsetect semifinal. Second-seeded White Castle (26-9) meets No. 3 Franklin (20-5) in the other Division IV nonselect semifinal at 6:15 p.m.

East Feliciana makes its tourney debut. It is also the first tourney for veteran coach Raeshawn Williams.

The Tigers have one of the big names in 6-foot-8 junior Trey’Dez Green, a top football/basketball prospect. Green averages 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Williams’ nephew, point guard Tyler Martin, adds 12 points and 6 assists.

North Central has a string of Class 1A titles and beat White Castle in the title game a year ago.

“Once they got all their guys, they (North Central) got rolling,” Williams said. “I think the fact that we got play in the MLK Classic at Burton Coliseum this year is huge for us.

“This is a great matchup … it’s going to come down to who can take care of the basketball, who can make timely shots and free throws, along with layups.”


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