Eagles will make long troad trip to Plain Dealing

Like its girls’ squad, the top-ranked Central Catholic High School Eagles will hit the road for a long road trip in the regional round of the Class 1A state basketball playoffs.

And like its girls’ squad, CCHS (24-4) hopes to return home again to host a quarterfinal matchup.

But first, the Eagles must tangle with Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing, a squad that CCHS coach Ree Case said is similar to CCHS’ first round opponent Tensas High School, in that they are athletic and quick.

However, unlike Tensas, Plain Dealing has guards that lead its squad, Deaumante Johnson, who averages 16.2 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds, two steals and 3.1 assists, and Cardarrious Ray, who puts up 16.7 ppg and grabs 5.7 rebounds per contest.

Unlike Tensas, Louisiana New Tech doesn’t rely on its inside game.

“I think the other night will help us out a lot tonight,” Case said. “Plain Dealing’s guards are better (than Tensas’).”

Case said that Louisiana New Tech likes to press and run multiple defenses.

“On offense, they like to push the ball in transition,” Case said. “Their offense is built on their defense.”

Case said that the key for his squad would be to play well defensively and to play fast again. He said he thinks his squad can beat Louisiana New Tech down the floor.

Despite it’s 13-13 overall record, Louisiana New Tech is on a 13-game winning streak. Two were by less than 15 points to Huntington High School in Shreveport, Class 4A’s No. 8 seed who boasts a 30-4 record and Arkansas signee Michael Qualis.

“They’re a district champion, which is normally not a 17 seed,” Case said. “They lost a lot of games earlier but they are on a 10 game winning streak. Their record is very deceiving.”

CCHS, who defeated No. 32 Tensas High School 92-49 on Tuesday night, was forced to travel when Louisiana New Tech, the 17th seed, upset CCHS’ District 8-A foe Vermilion Catholic, 63-43, in Abbeville on Tuesday in first round action.

In the two times CCHS played VC this year, the Eagles have defeated the Abbeville-based squad, 81-48 and 103-63.

While a roughly five hour road trip awaits his squad today, Case said traveling is just part of the game.

“We’ve been on road trips before,” he said. “It’s just something that we have to concentrate on what we have to do.”

Tonight’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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