Clarion Herald’s 2016 Elite Boys’ Basketball Team
St. Paul’s emerged as a basketball powerhouse
A basketball season that for the much-vaunted Catholic League turned out to be as dull as reading the final resolution of a plot was anything but for the followers of St. Paul’s roundball.
While just two Catholic schools from District 9-5A qualified for the playoffs (No. 10 seed St. Augustine is the only one still playing), St. Paul’s rolled through the post-season with two early-round wins.
Since losing their season debut to Parkview Baptist, 52-48, on Nov. 17, 2015, Coach Phil Williams’ squad has won 31 consecutive games and is on a collision course with No. 1 seed Natchitoches Central on March 8 in Lake Charles.
District 10-3A champion De La Salle also is having an excellent season.
The Cavaliers entered the regional playoff round this week with a 27-5 record and a No. 7 seed. They barely missed making the Final Four field in 2015 when they lost to No. 2 seed Rayville by a scant 70-68 score but won their first playoff game over Northwest, 86-59.
On the football field, St. Paul’s Timothy Bedford was one of the District 6-5A’s top wide receivers. On the basketball court, the 6-3 senior was the standout on a talented team that swept all 14 district games, claimed the championship of the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Tournament and won a school record 30 consecutive games.
Coach of the Year
Entering the basketball season, Phil Williams felt he had a team that would compete for the District 6-5A title. Then his St. Paul’s Wolves lost their first game to Parkview Baptist, 52-48. But that loss turned out to be the only blemish on a record-setting season. Williams’ squad has since won 31 consecutive games (the most in school history) entering the Class 5A regional playoff round earlier this week.
De La Salle
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