Live Oak basketball set to host first playoff game in 28 years

WATSON– When the Live Oak boys basketball team takes the floor Friday night in its first-round playoff matchup against No. 18 Hahnville, it’ll be different than any other playoff basketball game the program has had in nearly three decades.

After a 19-10 regular season record and securing the No. 15 seed in the Division I non-select playoffs, the Eagles will host a playoff game in Watson for the first time since 1996.

“We’ve had a great season. It’s a turnaround from last year,” said coach Tiras Magee, who is in his fourth season as coach. “The kids coming in, along with the kids we already had, has really helped us turn this program around. Them being able to buy into some leadership things, being accountable, and understanding how to work hard has turned the season around.”

Live Oak started the season with five straight wins, but Magee said it was three wins over quality teams Central, U-High, and Episcopal over the Christmas holidays that really opened his eyes to the potential his team possessed.

“Those programs are very, very good programs,” Magee said. “They’re good year in and year out. Once we beat those three teams and we’re playing well, it let those kids know and confirmed what I already knew ahead of time: they could play with anybody in the state when they came to play. It gave them the confidence to go out there and achieve their goal.”

The Eagles have a healthy mix of experienced players and young guys. There are five seniors to go, with four sophomores and one freshman. Magee said two seniors, a pair of sophomores, and the lone freshman make up the starting lineup.

The coach said it was a waiting game to find out if his team would be hosting the first-round game after they defeated Dutchtown on Feb. 16. When the brackets were released Monday, the team celebrated.

“I was very excited,” the coach said. “I was happy for the kids because we set that goal at the beginning of the season and wanted to attack it aggressively. It’s like a father with his kids. It’s always good to see your kids accomplish their goals.”

Live Oak boys basketball has continued the trend set by the girls’ teams in Livingston Parish. All the girls teams in the parish earned playoff spots.

“I’m proud of this group, especially my five seniors,” Magee said. “They were my freshman class when I started. They’ve been able to experience having me as a coach for four years and seeing them be able to host a playoff game and have the success they’ve had, makes me proud of them. I love this team, and I hope the community comes out to support us.”


  • Travern Barnes (Sr.)
  • Clayton Ray (Sr.)
  • Landyn Hebert (Sr.)
  • Nate Casher (Sr.)
  • Marcel Foster (Sr.)
  • Hayden Ray (So.)
  • Cayden Jones (So.)
  • Cameron Ivey (So.)
  • MJ Washington (So.)
  • Jordan Magee (Fr.)

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