High school boys basketball: Bossier, Red River to face off Saturday night for Bossier Invitational title

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The Bossier Bearkats (15-3) and Red River Bulldogs (21-2) face off in the championship game of the 79th annual Bossier Invitational boys basketball tournament Saturday night at 8.

In Friday’s semifinals, Bossier downed Loyola College Prep 60-44 and Red River slipped past Natchitoches Central 70-66.

Loyola (12-4) and Natchitoches Central (11-7) play for third place at 6:30.

Bossier led Loyola 23-8 after a slow-paced first half. The Bearkats turned up the heat in the third quarter, outscoring the Flyers 27-14 en route to a commanding 50-22 lead.

Kaalas Roots hit three 3-pointers and led Bossier with 13 points. Xavien Beasley added 12.

Senior guard Jacoby Decker, the MVP on the 2018 All-Parish team, returned to action after missing Thursday’s game with an illness and scored 11 points.

Loyola’s Deven Melancon led all scorers with 25 points.

The Red River-Natchitoches Central game was tight all the way. The Chiefs led by five after the first quarter, but the Bulldogs sliced the margin to two by halftime.

Red River eased ahead 52-49 going into the fourth quarter.

Jesse Davis poured in 25 points to lead the Bulldogs. Emareyon McDonald sank three 3-pointers and scored 15 points.

Red River hit nine 3-pointers in the game, including four by T. Williams.

CJ Carpenter and Treyvon Solitaire led Natchitoches Central with 22 and 16 points, respectively.