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BPCC men knock off Navarro

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

The Bossier Parish Community Cavaliers held off a furious Navarro rally in the final minutes and came away with a 76-73 victory Saturday night at BPCC.

In the women’s game, Trinity Valley Community College showed why it’s the No. 1 ranked team in the nation in NJCAA Division I. The two-time defending national champions defeated the Lady Cavs 105-53.

In the men’s game, BPCC had a seemingly comfortable 70-55 lead with about six minutes left in the game.

But the Cavs struggled at the free-throw line down the stretch and the Bulldogs nailed three 3-pointer to get within three, 71-68, with 1:44 left.

Trayvion Johnson put the Cavs up by five on a drive to the basket. He had a chance to extend the lead but missed two free throws with 50.3 seconds left.

Chris Boleware hit a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game with 41.9 seconds left to play.

Wilbert Thomas sank one of two free throw with 40.5 seconds left to give BPCC a 74-71 lead.

Navarro cut it to one with 29.9 seconds left. Thomas then hit a pair of clutch free throws to make it 76-73.

The Bulldogs’ Toney Foster missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Thomas led the Cavs (6-18, 4-10 Region XIV) with 21 points. Former Bossier star Lyndale James scored 19 points with all but two coming in the first half. Johnson added 14. James’ twin brother Londale chipped in with eight.

Troy Jones led Navarro (18-9, 11-5) with 19 points.

Trinity Valley, which featured one 6-foot-4 player and two 6-3, was simply too much for the Lady Cavs.

Former Arcadia star Shlonte’ Allen, a 5-9 guard from Arcadia, led Trinity Valley (25-1, 14-0) with 23 points.

Raiosha Preston topped BPCC (8-14, 3-10) with 14 points and La’Dencia Johnson had 11.