LAKE CHARLES — "What About Us” is the title of a hit song that describes a broken love affair. The same phrase could also be a great rallying cry for the Division III boys basketball title game between The Dunham School and Episcopal.
The two District 8-2A rivals bucked conventional wisdom and plenty of tradition by winning semifinals at the LHSAA boys basketball tournament Wednesday.
Rivals like Episcopal and Dunham have a love/hate relationship. The schools and their fans love the competition, and they hate to lose to each other. However, the chance to play a title game against each other is something the coaches relish. Game time is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.
Dunham’s Jonathan Pixley said as much. Pixley’s team was headed to Southern University a couple of days ago for a shoot-around when his phone rang. It was Episcopal coach Chris Beckman.
The coaches wished each other well and pondered their respective New Orleans area opponents. The fourth-seeded Knights had to beat top-seeded Riverside Academy, probably the tallest order for a 2018 tourney team. Dunham faced Country Day again. The Tigers lost to the Cajuns 70-41 in the Division III title game a year ago.
Between them, Riverside and Country Day have 11 LHSAA titles and six runner-up finishes. Episcopal has never won a boys basketball title and Dunham’s last title came in 1998, a year Southern Lab had to forfeit the 1A title.
Beckman and Pixley took a moment to ponder the possibility of playing again. And now it is going to happen.
It is no secret that Baton Rouge takes pride in its boys basketball tradition. Episcopal’s 68-67 semifinal win over Riverside is one of the biggest upsets in LHSAA tourney history. Now Dunham and Episcopal get to add another chapter by meeting in the title game.
What about us? Basketball in Baton Rouge, with a boost from Dunham and Episcopal, is doing just fine. The chance to add more finalists Wednesday night and Thursday still exists.
Williams gets PBS job
Parkview Baptist has hired former star player Jermaine Williams as its new boys basketball coach. Williams, who was part of PBS’ title teams in 1990s, went on to play at LSU where he was part of a Sweet 16 team in 2000.
Williams then played professionally in England, Iceland, Switzerland and Australia. He has worked as a physical education teacher and an assistant coach for the Parkview boys and girls basketball teams the past two years.