Rebels roll into playoffs after win vs. Pineville
The wait is on.
Following a rousing 59-41 win over Pineville on Senior Night for six West Monroe boys basketball seniors, the Rebels now await their playoff fate.
West Monroe started off as good as anybody could have hoped. The Rebels knocked down its first three shots from the field.
Three different players made a three-point basket in helping the Rebels build a 11-1 lead early.
Things fell apart a bit from there as Pineville climbed back into striking distance, yet never made West Monroe too uncomfortable in doing so.
A trio of Rebels scored in double figures – Langston Powell scored 11 points while Chris Tyler and Kyran Fields each chipped in 10 points.
“When things come easy, guys get complacent and thinking things are going to be easy the whole game,” West Monroe coach Kyle Hill said. “Give Pineville a lot of credit they kept fighting and do things they are supposed to do. We started doing things that are uncharacteristic of us.”
The Rebels finish third in District 2-5A behind co-champions Natchitoches Central and Ouachita – the top 2 ranked teams in the state for 5A basketball.
Playing those types of teams two times each and the tough early schedule which included 3A powerhouse Lake Charles Prep and Division IV top-seed Lafayette Christian as well as Class 2A top-seed Rayville means the Rebels are battle tested.
“In this district, you feel like you can go anywhere and be competitive,” Hill said. “So when the draws come out (Monday afternoon) and we know where we are going, we will just be happy to be in. And you just want to be playing your best basketball right now.”
West Monroe came into the night as the No. 18 seed in the 5A bracket yet some moving parts like losses by teams around them such as Hahnville and Covington could move the numbers where the Rebels move up to a 16- or 17-seed by Monday.
The top 16 teams earn a first-round home game to be played next Friday, February 23.