Boys district races start winding down

Most boys basketball districts are down to their last two or three games, which means district races are tightening up or have already been decided.

That also means that teams pushing for a playoff spot or a first-round home game have only a couple more chances.

Three area districts have already been decided as the regular season’s end is less than two weeks away.

Lakeview (22-4, 8-0 District 1-2A), which ranks No. 2 in the Class 2A power ratings (all listed ratings are from, has already wrapped up its league crown with two games remaining.

North Caddo (7-17, 4-3) has played its way into the playoffs for at now at No. 31. No. 14 Homer (12-13, 2-4) is in line for a home playoff game while No. 21 Calvary (9-10, 4-4) is in solid playoff position.

Florien (36-3) sewed up the District 3-B with two wins this past week, including its second win against No. 7 Zwolle (52-49).

Florien, the No. 1 team in Class B, has won 13 straight games.

Pleasant Hill is your District 3-C champ, beating Ebarb twice in the two-team league. Both are top 10 teams in Class C (Pleasant Hill is No. 5 and Ebarb is No. 9).

The District 1-1A title can be decided Tuesday if No. 1 Arcadia (23-2, 8-0) can survive a road trip to No. 10 Plain Dealing (15-8, 4-3).

The Hornets beat the Lions 59-39 in the first meeting.

Even if Arcadia loses, the Hornets already have a share of the title after sweeping second-place Grambling (14-9, 6-2) by a score of 54-37 this past week.

Arcadia could secure an outright district title in the district finale against last-place Cedar Creek if the Hornets fall to Plain Dealing.

Grambling is No. 6, No. 16 Ringgold (12-11, 3-5) nearly upset Arcadia this past week and No. 28 Haynesville (6-9, 2-5) is trying to hang on to a playoff spot.

Bossier (20-7, 7-0) and North Webster (20-8, 6-1) played one of the more exciting games this season in its first district matchup — an overtime win on the road for the Bearcats.

If Bossier (plays Manfield) and North Webster (plays Green Oaks) win Tuesday, the district title could be decided Friday with a Bossier home win against North Webster.

If the No. 15 Knights win, a victory which could secure a first-round home playoff game, North Webster could secure a share of the district title pending the district finale against Mansfield on Feb. 18.

In District 1-4A, second-place Fair Park (17-10, 7-1) won’t have any control over what leader Huntington (22-2, 8-0) does in the last two district games.

The No. 7 Raiders (winners of 10 of 11) won the only matchup between the teams this season and will attempt to complete a perfect district record against No. 31 Loyola (18-9, 5-3) and No. 54 North DeSoto.

The No. 25 Indians (17-10, 7-1) have heated up come district play and have won 10 of its last 11.

Minden (18-7, 6-2), sitting at No. 18, has a shot at a first-round home playoff game, while No. 37 Northwood (12-14, 3-5) has a shooter’s chance at a playoff spot if the Falcons beat Fair Park and Benton.

Three teams are still in the running in District 1-5A.

Captain Shreve (13-8, 6-1) handed No. 21 Southwood (17-9, 6-1) its first district loss Friday. Now the No. 17 Gators aim to stay tied on top of the standings when they travel to No. 3 Byrd (23-5, 5-2) on Tuesday

The Yellow Jackets have already lost to Shreve and Southwood this season, but they can possibly create three district champions with home wins Tuesday against the Gators and Friday against the Cowboys.

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