The Bossier Bearkats and the Plain Dealing Lions won boys basketball games Tuesday night, but the news wasn’t as good for Bossier Parish’s other teams in action.
Bossier knocked off the Tioga Indians 67-53 in a non-district game at Bossier. The Bearkats (7-10) ended the Indians’ five-game win streak. Tioga, which was No. 8 in the latest Class 4A power rankings, dropped to 19-4.
Plain Dealing opened District 1-1A play with a 50-39 victory over the Ringgold Redskins at home.
Airline, Parkway and Benton all lost road games.
The Vikings fell to defending state champion Natchitoches Central 66-39, Parkway lost to Ruston 52-50 on a tip-in at the buzzer, and Benton opened District 1-4A play with a 67-46 loss to Fair Park.
At Bossier, Larry Robinson scored 21 points to lead the Bearkats to the victory. Kentrell Hardy and Donnell Mason added 14 each. Antonio Davis scored 10.
Bossier took control in the second quarter. The game was tied at 22 midway through the quarter, but the Bearkats closed the half with an 11-1 run.
Bossier led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter. Tioga got within five, but the Bearkats finished strong and led by 10 going into the fourth.
The Indians never made a serious run at Bossier in the fourth quarter. Bossier was steady from the free-throw line, and three Tioga players fouled out.
At Plain Dealing, Chiner Long led the Lions to the victory with 13 points. Keldrick Carper helped the cause with 12 points and eight rebounds as the Lions improved to 10-8.
At Ruston, Artavious Lynn scored 14 points and Keondre Wudtee had 10 as the Panthers fell to 15-6. Ruston improved to 12-4 with its third straight win and fifth in its last six.
Airline lost its sixth straight game at Natchitoches and dropped to 7-12. Danny Cohen scored 30 to lead Natchitoches Central, which improved to 19-1 against in-state competition.
At Fair Park, Benton dropped its sixth straight and fell to 5-11 overall. Fair Park improved to 11-8. William Givens led the Tigers with 22 points, and Tanner Craft added 11.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com