There’s a tendency to make Tuesday’s The Dunham School at Episcopal boys basketball game a be-all, end-all kind of thing.
Episcopal (23-2, 8-0) has won 16 straight games, including a 46-42 win at Dunham in the first round of District 6-2A play. The Knights have yet to lose a game in 2015. Dunham (17-9, 7-1) has won 12 of its past 13 games.
Not so fast, said Episcopal coach Chris Beckman, who is reminding his team that the district season continues through next week.
“When we play Dunham, we expect a great game,” he said. “The players and coaches all know each other. The atmosphere was great when we played at Dunham, and it’ll be the same again here. But this isn’t the end of the season for either one of us. We still have three more district games to play. This is definitely a big game, but you don’t want to make the mistake of overlooking someone else.”
The top players for both teams return. Spencer Kleinpeter leads Episcopal with an 18.7-point scoring average, and Chris Beckman Jr. is at 17.1. Kevin Tripeaux adds 10.1 points per game.
Dunham counters with a lineup led by Levi Bradley, who averages 22 points. Jyron Walker is at 13.2, and Chase Day contributes 10 rebounds and 9.0 points per game.
“We have to guard Kleinpeter and Beckman,” Dunham coach Jonathan Pixley said. “The last time we played them, Tripeaux really hurt us, so we can’t just concentrate on the other two.
“The last time we played, it wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing game, but it was great for the fans. It’s the kind of game that helps get you ready for the playoffs.”
There’s also a Tuesday game that matches boys frontrunners in District 4-5A: Scotlandville (24-4, 9-0) hosts Denham Springs (21-6, 7-2).
Bethany Christian begins the ACEL boys basketball playoffs by hosting Christian Home Educators Fellowship at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Bethany girls host Mount Olive in an ACEL quarterfinal at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Division I, District 5 girls soccer rivals, fifth-seeded St. Joseph’s Academy and No. 12 Baton Rouge High, meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday on Field 20 at the Burbank Soccer Complex for a regional-round game in Tuesday’s playoff action. The teams split the regular-season games.
Also, No. 5 Catholic High hosts No. 12 Sulphur at 5 p.m. in Division I boys action. Sulphur upset the Bears a year ago in the playoffs. The eighth-seeded St. Michael girls host No. 9 Neville at 5 p.m. at Burbank Field 4.
The Runnels girls, the No. 20 seed in Division III, look to continue their playoff run. The Raiders host fourth-seeded St. Frederick at 5 p.m. at University High.