Eagles will host Tensas on Tuesday

Central Catholic High School, Class 1A’s top seed in the boys’ state high school basketball playoffs, will begin its march to remain No. 1 with a home matchup against Tensas High School on Tuesday.

When CCHS and Tensas take the court at 7 p.m., it will be a meeting of two teams that have met in recent years.

Two years ago, the Eagles traveled to Tensas for a second-round playoff game and defeated the northeast Louisiana squad, 84-51.

CCHS coach Ree Case said he has watched that game film as well as film on Tensas (7-23 overall, 4-4 in District 3-1A). The Eagles will be facing an athletic team that like to get down the court.

“We’re going to have to play really good defense,” Case said. “They’re going to try to run up and down the floor with us.”

He said Tensas, who finished in a tie with Mangham for second place in District 3-1A, plays a lot of 2-3 zone on defense and is a really aggressive rebounding squad.

Case said that Tensas has a point guard that shoots the ball well and has received a boost recently with the addition of a 6-foot, 3-inch post player that became eligible two weeks ago.

“It’s made a difference in their team since they’ve got him,” he said.

To secure a victory, Case said his squad would have to rebound well, play good defense and on offense make shots and attack the Tensas 2-3 zone.

“The good thing is we’ve played against zones the past three weeks in district, so we know what we have to do against it,” he said. “We just have to go out and execute it.”

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