At least one Creve Coeur-area team will still be alive in pursuit of a state boys basketball title after Friday's district finals. There could very well be two.
In a pair of 7 p.m. starts, Ladue will host Chaminade for the Class 5 District 2 title, while De Smet Jesuit will meet CBC at Parkway Central for all the marbles in District 4.
Ladue (21-5) will put one of the best point guards in Cornell Johnston, along with frontcourt stalwarts Andrew Maddock and Austin DaGue up against a Chaminade (17-8) club headlined by The Red Devils are tall up front, with Jack Hummel, Will Gladson and Tyler Cook able to intimidate opponents in the paint.
How the Rams guard Tatum could decide the contest because at 6-6 he's a potential matchup problem against shorter guards and tough for forwards to defend on the perimeter.
Over at Parkway Central, it will be the second matchup between conference rivals in as many Fridays. that was more convincing than the score indicated. A CBC (20-7) club that is the athletic envy of any team in the state has at times struggled down the stretch when it has relied on shooting jumpshots. The Cadets broke out of that in the second half of Tuesday's district semifinal against Parkway Central to put away the Colts.
The Spartans had no trouble dominating Parkway West in their semifinal Tuesday, behind the other co-MCC Player of the Year Jimmy Barton and Butler signee Nolan Berry. Now, they're hoping to avenge last season's stunning district final defeat at the hands of Parkway North and to see if they can get another win against CBC.
"They're unbelievably talented, they've got so many weapons, they can score in a hurry, a lot of points in a short period of time, they're really really dangerous, there the one seed in this district for a reason," De Smet Jesuit Head Coach Kevin Poelker said.
Be sure to check back Friday night for live streaming coverage of both games, courtesy of FOX Sports Midwest.
Also Friday, the Parkway North Girls take on Parkway Central in a 5:30 p.m. tip off at Parkway Central for district gold. The Vikings have just 1 loss on the season.