The Bossier Bearkats face a tough challenge in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs tonight.
Bossier (24-10), the No. 4 seed, takes on No. 5 A.J. Ellender (26-7) of Houma at 7 p.m. at Bossier’s E.L. Reding Memorial Gym. Tickets are $8.
The winner advances to the Boys Top 28 next week at McNeese State’s Burton Coliseum and will face the winner of No. 1 Thomas More and No. 9 Plaquemine in the 4A semifinals.
Ellender, which has won 12 in a row, is the District 9 champion. The Patriots defeated No. 28 Abbeville 66-52 in the first round and No. 12 Woodlawn 76-59 in the second.
Bossier, the District 1 champ, has rolled over its first two playoff opponents. The Bearkats defeated No. 29 Neville 64-45 in the first round and No. 13 Ben Franklin 58-29 in the second.
Ellender is led by 6-foot-7 senior Quentin Scott, who is averaging 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Davontavean Martin, a 6-4 junior, averages 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Bossier will try to match up inside with 6-6 Chris Davenport, 6-4 Antonio Davis and 6-3 Dontaveous Washington.
The Patriots, who are averaging about 75 points per game, can score from outside too. According to statistics listed on their MaxPreps site, the Patriots have put up 532 3-point attempts, an average of about 17 per game, and made 183 for 34 percent.
Six-foot sophomore Marquie Mosley has made 42 of 119 (39 percent), and 5-11 senior Curtis Anderson has made 42 of 94 (45 percent). Mosley and Anderson are both averaging about 10 points per game.
Ellender will be facing a Bossier team that’s allowed just 48.9 points per game. The Bearkats, led by senior guard Larry Robinson III, are averaging about 55.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org