Antonio “Rudy” Davis scored a basket inside with 11 seconds left to lift the Bossier Bearkats to a thrilling, come-from-behind 49-48 victory over the No. 1 seed St. Thomas More Cougars in the semifinals of the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs Thursday afternoon at McNeese State’s Burton Complex.
The No. 4 seed Bearkats (26-10) will face No. 2 Washington-Marion (23-7), a 58-56 winner over No. 3 Edna Karr, in the 4A championship game on Saturday night at 8.
This marks the sixth time in the last nine seasons Bossier has made it to the title game. The Bearkats won the 2011 Class 4A state championship.
Bossier trailed St. Thomas More (33-8) for almost the entire game. Early in the third quarter, STM led by nine.
But the Bearkats whittled away at the lead. Bossier took its first lead of the game at 42-41 lead with about five minutes left in the fourth.
Larry Robinson III hit a 3-pointer with 1:42 left to give the Bearkats a 47-45 lead. St. Thomas More hit two free throws to tie it at 47 with 1:42 left. The Cougars made one of two from the line to take a 48-47 lead with 49 seconds left.
The Bearkats got the ball inside to Davis, who scored on a one-hander with 11 seconds left. After a STM time out, Bossier’s Tyrese English got a steal and passed to Robinson, who missed a layup as time expired.
Davis scored the winning basket just three days after his sister, Kenyoua, passed away. Kenyoua Davis was a member of the Bossier Class of 2015 and a former Lady Kat.
English, who led the Bearkats with 16 points, hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter to keep Bossier in the game.
The Bearkats trailed 31-24 at the half but cut the lead to just three, 40-37, going into the fourth.
Quantavious Capers came up big for Bossier. Averaging just two points per game coming in, he scored eight points with most coming on outside shots. He also had three assists.
Robinson finished with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Travis Manning had five big points.
Dontavious Washington had six rebounds. Davis had six points, four rebounds and three steals.
NOTE: This was updated with individual scoring corrections reported to the Press-Tribune.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org