The complexion of the boys District 5-3A basketball race has been wide open since the opening tip.
Heading into the league’s final two games there are three teams within a game of each other with Eunice (19-9, 6-2) visiting Port Barre (19-7, 6-2) in a battle of co-leaders at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
“Some of us were talking at the parish tournament seeding meeting in December,” Port Barre coach Andy Aymond said. “We thought it was going to be a battle.”
To give you an example of the league’s chaotic nature each of the district’s six teams have played in a minimum of four games decided by less than 10 points.
Port Barre’s been the case study for the balanced league, having played three overtime games where the Red Devils have split with Pine Prairie (12-8, 3-5) and defeated Northwest (11-9, 5-3).
“You look at all the games there’s been a lot of close, tight games,” Aymond said. “(Last place) Church Point has lost a lot of close games. We said they were going to beat somebody ,and they beat Pine Prairie. They were just close in a lot of games.”
The winner of the Eunice-Port Barre game can position themselves for a chance to win the league’s outright title next Tuesday. The Bobcats host Pine Prairie and the Red Devils travel to Northwest.
Even before the start of district play, Eunice and Port Barre split a pair of games with the Red Devils winning the St. Landry Parish tournament (55-39) and the Bobcats answering (59-54) in the Northwest tournament.
Eunice won 48-45 in the first round Jan. 26.
“I talk all the time with (Eunice) coach (Chad) Andrepont who is a friend, and we never thought we’d match up so well,” said Aymond, whose team is led by guard Keshaun Fontenot’s 19 points per game. “It’s just been one of those things. I feel like they know us, and we know them. We pretty much know what each other’s going to do and who are the go-to guys.”
District 6-2A scramble:
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the District 6-2A race, Catholic-New Iberia (10-11, 4-2) has fallen into a tie for first place with West St. Mary (10-10, 4-2). The Panthers hold a one-game lead over Loreauville (17-8, 3-2) and Jeanerette (10-11, 3-2).
West St. Mary visits Loreauville in a key matchup at 7 p.m. Friday