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Boys basketball: Bossier clinches share of 7th straight district title; Airline downs Haughton

The Bossier Bearkats clinched a share of the District 1-4A boys basketball title with a 52-47 victory over the Woodlawn Knights on Friday night at Bossier.

The Bearkats (21-10, 8-1) can win the title outright with a victory over North DeSoto (9-14, 1-8) in the regular-season finale at home Tuesday. This is the seventh straight year Bossier has won or shared a district championship. In 2007-08, coach Jeremiah Williams’ first year, the Bearkats finished runner-up to Minden.

Elsewhere, Airline routed Haughton 77-31 in a District 1-5A matchup at home. Parkway (19-9, 9-1) had the night off. The Panthers visit Southwood (21-5, 9-1) Tuesday with a chance to clinch a share of the district championship.

In a District 1-4A game at Benton, the Tigers dropped a tough 49-47 decision to Northwood.

In District 1-1A, Plain Dealing closed out the regular season with a 62-45 loss at undefeated district champ Arcadia.

At Bossier, Larry Robinson III poured in 23 points to lead the Bearkats.

The game was close all the way. Early in the fourth quarter, Woodlawn appeared to have the upper hand with a 39-34 lead. But Bossier fought back and the game was tied at 47 with 40 seconds to go.

Back-to-back technical fouls were then called on each team. The Bearkats made their free throws and scored the final five points of the game.

In fact, Bossier was a perfect 12 of 12 from the line in the quarter. Chris Davenport, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the quarter, was 8 for 8. He finshed 10 of 10 from the line. Davenport also had four rebounds and a big block down the stretch.

Robinson scored nine points in the fourth, including three free throws. Woodlawn went to the line just four times in the quarter and made two.

For the game, the Bearkats made 21 of 23 free throws. Woodlawn made nine of 20.

Bossier’s Tyrese English scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Post player Antonio Davis, who sat out Tuesday’s loss to Huntington with an injured wrist, had five rebounds. Travis Manning contributed with his defensive play.

At Airline on Senior Night, senior guard Jacob Guest hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter to help the Vikings roll to a big halftime lead. Guest, who had a four-point play, scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the first half.

The Vikings (11-18, 2-8) snapped a five-game losing streak. They close out the season with away games against Byrd and Southwood next week.

Senior Zak Harper added 13 points and junior KJ Bilbo had 11. The Vikings had numerous three-point play opportunities on drives to the basket.

Freshman Fred Lemons added eight points. Trent Ivy and senior Scott Jackson scored seven each. Post player Will Roberson played his final home game.

Damien Sears led Haughton with 11 points and Brandon Deane added nine

At Benton, the Tigers dropped to 10-14 and 3-6 in 1-4A. They close out the season at home Tuesday against Fair Park.

At Arcadia, Plain Dealing dropped to 13-14 and 7-5 in 1-1A. The Lions had a three-game winning streak snapped. Arcadia (21-4, 12-0) won its 21st straight.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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