Boys basketball: Bossier cruises into 4A quarterfinals

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For awhile Wednesday night, it looked like the Bossier Bearkats were going to have their hands full with the Ben Franklin Falcons in their Class 4A second-round game.

The Falcons knocked down three 3-pointers in the first quarter and the scored was tied at 14 going into the second.

Then Ben Franklin ran into the buzzsaw that is the Bossier defense. The Falcons scored just 15 points the rest of the way and the Bearkats cruised to a 58-29 victory at Bossier.

District 1-4A champion Bossier (24-10), the No. 4 seed, will host No. 5 A.J. Ellender (26-7) in the quarterfinals Friday night at 7 with a trip to the semifinals and the Top 28 on the line. Ellender defeated No. 12 seed Woodlawn, Bossier’s 1-4A rival, 76-59 in the second round Tuesday. The District 7-4A champion Patriots have won 12 straight.

Bossier will be trying to reach the semifinals for the seventh time in the last eight years. Ben Franklin ended what is believed to be the best season in school history at 24-4.

With their defense giving Ben Franklin fits, the Bearkats began to find their offensive rhythm in the second quarter.

Larry Robinson III and Tyrese English both hit 3-pointers to give Bossier some separation. The Falcons fought hard inside for rebounds, but the taller and stronger Bearkats usually prevailed. Bossier led 27-17 at the half.

Both teams came out sluggish in the third quarter. The Falcons missed several shots underneath the basket. Bossier finally got going in the final four minutes. English hit a 3 and scored seven of his game-high 15 points. Robinson, who scored 12 points in the game, also hit a 3 and the Bearkats extended the lead to 39-21.

Antonio Davis scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Bossier. Freshman Jacoby Decker had five points and five assists.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com