St. Thomas More, Carencro to square off again _lowres

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP St. Thomas More's William Vincent, left, blocks the shot of Carencro's Jeremiah August (33) during their high school basketball game Friday Jan. 22, 2016, at Carencro High School in Carencro, La.,

LAFAYETTE — It’s safe to say there’s a degree of familiarity when it comes to the St. Thomas More and Carencro boys basketball teams.

No. 1 seed St. Thomas More hosts District 4-4A rival No. 16 seed Carencro on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Class 4A playoff action.

Tuesday night will be the fourth time this season the Cougars and Bears will meet. STM won all three of the previous contests, including a 75-72 overtime win in the most recent meeting.

STM’s Danny Broussard knows it’s hard to beat anybody four times in a row.

“We’re so familiar with each other, that it takes away our special plays,” adding that “his team will be fired up, but so will Carencro.”

Carencro’s Chris Kovatch, on the other hand, is reminding his team that the past is the past and the future is all that matters.

“I told the kids, it’s one game, winner take all,” he said.

He also said his team must pay more attention to the details.

“We must do the little things better than we did the last time we played,” he said.

The St. Thomas More-Carencro game is one featuring 10 Acadiana-area teams still fighting for berths in the quarterfinals. Games will be stretched over Tuesday and Wednesday, with Tuesday’s schedule featuring No. 7 seed Comeaux hosting No. 10 seed St. Augustine at 7 p.m. in Class 5A, No. 9 Plaquemine at No. 8 Northside at 7 p.m. in Class 4A, and No. 1 Lafayette Christian hosting No. 16 Haynesville at 8 p.m. in Class 1A.

Also Tuesday, No. 15 New Iberia is at No. 2 Scotlandville in Class 5A at 7 p.m., No. 15 St. Martinville is at No. 2 Washington-Marion at 7 p.m. in 4A, and No. 16 Episcopal School of Acadiana is at No. 1 Simsboro at 6 p.m. in Class B.

On Wednesday, a pair of Class 4A playoff games are on the schedule as No. 11 Fair Park is at No. 6 Breaux Bridge at 7:15 p.m. and No. 26 Opelousas hosts No. 10 McDonogh 35 at 7 p.m.

Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s games:

ST. AUGUSTINE AT COMEAUX: In a rematch, Comeaux will host St. Augustine. Comeaux defeated St. Aug in late December at the Sunkist Shootout 42-37.

Comeaux coach Jeremy Whittington knows defeating St. Aug for a second time will not be an easy task.

“They’ve gotten a lot better, rolling off 13 wins and not losing in district play,” he said. “Their role players have stepped up and are playing better.”

But Whittington expects to get a boost by playing at home.

“Our student section was out of this world crazy last game (a 57-45 win over Cox). We had a couple hundred students painted up and loud, and we expect the same Tuesday night,” he said. “I think the crowd will play a big part.”

PLAQUEMINE AT NORTHSIDE: With the 8 and 9 seeds matching up, Northside coach Ross Rix expects a good game Tuesday.

“They have some guards that can shoot the ball and some big bodies inside,” he said. “They do a great defensively and have been really playing well lately on the defensive end.”

If Northside is to advance, Rix said he will need his defense to play well.

“We have to do a great job of closing out on their shoots and keeping them off the offensive glass,” he said.

HAYNESVILLE AT LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN: The top-seeded Knights will look to continue to roll as they host Haynesville. Even though he Knights were dominant in their first-round game, coach Byron Starks isn’t overlooking anyone.

“We must come out and play our principles, make sure we’re solid defensively and keep our spacing on the offensive end while having good ball and body movement,” he said.

But Starks also knows playing at home is huge advantage for his team.

“Our entire team understands that we’ve got to protect our house,” he said. “Our senior (class) has not lost a game at home in the last three seasons, and we try to make sure that we make it tough on opponents when they come to our place. It’s part of our culture to protect our house.”