Boys basketball: Airline withstands Haughton rally; Bossier, Benton win district contests

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The Bossier Bearkats, Airline Vikings and Benton Tigers won district boys basketball games Tuesday night.

The Bearkats lost a late lead and then defeated the Woodlawn Knights 64-60 in overtime in a District 1-4A game at Woodlawn. The Vikings overcame a late charge by the Haughton Bucs in a 71-59 District 1-5A victory at Haughton.

The Tigers knocked off Northwood 46-39 in a District 1-4A game at Northwood.

Elsewhere, homestanding Green Oaks hit a shot from near halfcourt at the final buzzer to defeat Parkway 57-56 in a non-district game, snapping the Panthers’ five-game winning streak.

At Haughton, Airline led by 15 late in the third quarter and 48-37 going into the fourth. But Haughton scored six straight points to start the fourth thanks to an effective full-court pressure defense.

The Bucs took a 53-51 lead on a basket inside by Damien Sears with just over five minutes to play. But Fred Lemons’ tied it with two free throws and Haughton ran out of steam. The Vikings closed the game with a 20-6 run.

Airline guard Jacob Guest scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter. KJ Bilbo scored 15 points. He only had three in the fourth but they came on a three-point play that put the Vikings up 62-56. Lemons added 13.

Trent Ivy, Scott Jackson and Trace Parker all contributed to the win with key fourth-quarter points and defense down the stretch.

Airline had difficulty stopping the 6-foot-6 Sears inside. He scored 18 of his 28 points in the second half. He could have had a huge game if not for difficulties at the free-throw line.

Antonio Woodfork added 14 points, including three 3-pointers for the Bucs (3-15, 0-4). It was the second time in the last three games Haughton rallied with a chance to win in the fourth quarter.

The loss stopped a three-game slide for the Vikings (10-13, 1-3).

Parkway dropped to 14-8 overall. The Panthers are tied for first in District 1-5A with Evangel at 4-0. The Eagles handed Southwood its first district loss 55-50 Tuesday night. Parkway hosts Southwood on Friday.

At Woodlawn, Larry Robinson III and Tyrese English led a balanced Bossier scoring attack with 11 points each. Robinson also had five rebounds.

Antonio Davis had another good all-around game with nine points, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Chris Davenport chipped in with eight points and six rebounds. Travis Manning had eight points and three assists.

Bossier improved to 15-9 overall and 2-0 in 1-4A. Woodlawn dropped to 16-6 and 1-1.

Benton (8-9, 1-1 1-4A) snapped a three-game losing streak with the win at Northwood.

Keldrick Carper scored 16 points and Ty Thomas 12 in Plain Dealing’s home loss to District 1-1A leader Arcadia (13-5, 7-0), which won its 13th straight. Plain Dealing dropped to 9-11 overall and finished the first half of district play 5-2.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com