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Posted On: 12/26/17 9:28 PM
One of the staples in holiday hoops will be kicking off tomorrow in Bossier parish. The annual Doc Edwards tournament will host teams from the Caddo-Bossier area, surrounding north Louisiana parishes, and Ascension parish. As I view the thirteen team tournament field, four key points stick out.
1.) The tournament field is wide open
Even though the field consist of three top 10 teams (2 from 2A and 1 from 5A), the teams in this field are pretty evenly matched. St. Amant, who has lost their two games by a total of five points, would be the favorite on paper. However, they only beat tournament “host” Airline by one point during the Walker tournament. Red River has lost five games and Many has played less than ten games. When one factors in a field with a talented BTW team, tournament “host” Airline, and a strong Benton team, this tournament champion can come from any team that gets hot.
2.) Can Red River run the table?
Speaking of hot, Red River comes in on fire. Now, this question is not usually posed about a five loss team. However, Coach Keith Johnson has directed his team to wins in seven of their last eight games. The most impressive of those wins is beating Woodlawn-Shreveport (#2 in 4A) in the Doyline tournament finals. With their full court, trapping defense, Red River can cause teams into to turn the ball over multiple times. If that happens, they can easily hoist the title trophy like their girls have two years in a row.
3.) Will 1-4A dominate the tournament?
Despite the field not having defending champion Bossier or highly ranked Woodlawn, 1-4A has strong representation. If each 1-4A team in the field wins their first game (or 2 games in Northwood’s case), five of the six teams in the modified bracket could be from the district. A show of strength in this tournament will definitely go a long way in solidifying how difficult playing in this district will be this season. Dominating wins by any of these teams might also send a message to the district heavyweights that the district will not be a cake walk for them.
4.) Is this the coming out party for Trenton Ivy or Le’treveon Jones?
Senior Le’treveon Jones has gotten off to a slow start. He has had some off scoring nights but is still leading his team. A good tournament can jump start his confidence and get him ready for district play. For Trenton Ivy, this tournament can put him right in the midst of being one of the top college prospects in the area. As a 6’4″ wing that can slash, shoot it from deep, and defend the rim, a good tournament against quality teams will show that prowess. With a tournament that lacks star power, he can shine brightly. If Airline wins the tournament, it will be because of his stellar play. Look for both of these players to show off their talent no matter who the opponent.
Doc Edwards opening schedule:
ASH (2-5A)-Northwood (1-4A), 2:30 p.m. at Airline
Airline (1-5A)-North Webster (1-3A), 5:30 p.m. at Airline
Benton(1-4A) -Many (3-2A), 5:30 p.m. at Benton
BTW (1-4A)-Red River (3-2A), 5:30 p.m. at Benton Middle
Plain Dealing (1-1A)-Huntington (1-4A), 8:30 p.m. at Benton
Parkway (1-5A)-Minden (1-4A), 8:30 p.m. at Airline
ASH/Northwood winner vs. St. Amant (5-5A), 8:30 p.m. at Airline