U-High coach Joe Spencer not selling Glen Oaks short, says Panthers can match up with his team better than others _lowres

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Glen Oaks boys basketball coach Harvey Adger talks to his team in a game against Madison Prep at the East Baton Rouge Tournament on Dec. 28.

To some, it might not look like a dream matchup.

University High hosts Glen Oaks High in a crucial District 6-3A boys basketball game.

The Cubs (14-3, 2-0) have dominated the competition over the past two years, winning the two Class 3A state titles. Glen Oaks (12-7, 3-0) is rated 18th in the latest LHSAA powering rankings, well below No. 2 U-High.

Don’t try to sell the idea of a mismatch to U-High coach Joe Spencer. Or the fact the Panthers can’t find a way to be competitive to GOHS coach Harvey Adger.

The game set for 6:45 p.m. helps highlight Friday’s schedule of games in the Baton Rouge area.

“In a lot of ways, Glen Oaks matches up with us better than a lot of teams,” Spencer said. “They have some size and with them you always know what you’ll get.

“They’re going to play hard, play great defense and they’ll be well-coached. Any time we get the chance to play another district game, we see it as a chance to get better. This is definitely a chance to get better.”

U-High is coming off a 76-34 victory over Parkview Baptist on Tuesday. LSU signee Wayde Sims scored 23 points and Jalen Johnson added 19 for the Cubs.

The two 6-foot-6 players have led the way for the Cubs this season and both are averaging just over 20 points per game.

Johnson is enjoying a breakout season as a senior and scored 20 or more points in seven straight games before the Tuesday win over PBS.

Glen Oaks has won three straight since placing fourth in the Bob Pettit/Coca-Cola EBR tournament over the holidays, including a 55-50 victory over Baker on Tuesday.

Junior post player Dontrell McQuarter finished with a game-high 18 points for the Panthers. The 6-6 McQuarter and Eddie Harris (6-3) give GOHS its solid inside presence.

“After graduating three seniors last year, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Adger said. “The fact that we had some football players come out really helped us. Right now we’re getting all that we can out of this group.

“U-High and Joe (Spencer) really have a good thing going. We’ll need to play good defense and try to do what we can to shorten the game. We don’t want to get into a transition game.”

McQuarter averages 16 points and seven rebounds a game. Harris averages 13 points, while 6-1 Brian Dundy adds 12.0 per game.

“We need to try and shorten it to a 16-minute game,” Adger notes. “If we can hang on and hang around, hopefully we’ll have a chance to win at the end.”

Finally home

To say the St. Michael the Archangel girls basketball team has been on a mission might be an understatement. The Warriors (14-8, 0-0) host Belaire (10-5, 0-1) at 6 p.m. Friday in their District 6-4A opener.

It is St. Michael’s first home game since Dec. 18 by design, coach Tami McClure aid.

“I told my girls this is the toughest schedule we’ve played in my 15 years,” McClure said. “And there’s a reason for it. The goal is for us to finish in the top four in the (LHSAA) power rankings and in order to do that we needed to play the toughest schedule possible.

“I needed to see what this group was capable of. We’ve lost some games, but this schedule definitely has us prepared for anything we’ll see.”

The Warriors were actually the No. 1 power ranking team before losing five straight. Three of those losses came at last week’s Sugar Bowl Classic.

McClure said the challenges will continue with Belaire. Sabree Wilson leads the Warriors with an 11.5 scoring average. Tyler Morrison adds 11.1.

“Belaire always plays so hard and (coach Ella) Reado does a good job,” McClure said. “It’s good to be back home.”