The West Monroe boys basketball team had their schedule thrown a curve ball late Tuesday when they were informed that Southwest Christian (Arkansas) was not going to be part of the 2018 Don Redden Memorial Tournament at Ouachita. That meant the Rebel opponent was changed from Rayville to Carroll and game time moved back one hour.
West Monroe and Carroll will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday inside the Madhouse on Millhaven.
West Monroe took the last few days off to give the players some time to rest and spend The New Year holiday with family.
The coaches are now focusing on how to deal with the strong zone defense of the Bulldogs.
“We wanted to give our players as much of a break as possible and let them be kids,” West Monroe coach Kyle Hill said. “Some have family obligations. As coaches, we are just trying to survive the holidays."
The Rebels are coming off a 64-54 loss to Rayville in the finals of the West Monroe holiday tournament and this matchup with Carroll will not be the same type of hyperdrive pace.
This will be a polar opposite type of game for us. Rayville is about up-tempo offense and pressure defense. Carroll wants to get in that 2-3 zone and pound it inside.”
West Monroe does not have to scrap a game plan on the fly and the Rebels are familiar with the zone defense and size of Carroll so it will not be a shock to them.
The Rebels-Bulldogs winner will go on to play Rayville on Thursday now in the revised bracket that also includes Lafayette Christian against Wossman at 8:15 p.m. Thursday.
“This is the SEC West,” Hill quipped about the difficulty level of the side of the bracket in the Redden Classic. “Anytime you are in a tournament here it is good competition. It is preparing us for district and playoffs. It is a good opportunity.”
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