The Bossier Bearkats' state championship game streak ended Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center.
The No. 1 seed Bearkats lost a triple-overtime thriller to the No. 4 Carroll Buldogs 53-51 in the Class 3A semifinals. Bossier was trying to make it to a state championship game for the fourth straight year. Bossier finished the season 30-4. Carroll (24-6) will play District 2-3A rival Farmerville for the state championship next week in Monroe.
The Bearkats had chances to the win the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime.
Bossier trailed 39-33 with three minutes left. The Bearkats defense forced five turnovers and the Bulldogs missed front ends of one-and-one free-throw situations twice. Demonta Wills made one of two free throws with 7.5 seconds to tie the game at 39. The Bearkats forced a quick turnover on the press, but Deorvion Robinson missed a 12-footer at the buzzer.
In the first overtime, Breon Morris and Rashard Owens missed 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds with the scored tied at 43. In the second overtime, the Bearkats got a reprieve when Carroll's Josh Johnson missed two free throws with 5.6 seconds left and the score tied at 46.
Bossier took a brief 50-48 lead early in the third overtime on a steal and a dunk by Rashard Owens. But the Bearkats didn't score again until Owens hit a 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds lef.. Carroll made a free throw with 3.6 seconds left. The Bulldogs missed the second, got the rebound and the game ended.
The Bearkats made just 7 of 27 free throws in the game. Carroll wasn't much better, making just 11 of 26.
Tevin Robertson led Bossier with 16 points. Owens added 11. Star guard Devonte Hall picked up two fouls in the game's first six minutes. He fouled out at the end of regulartion.