Boys basketball: Four parish teams earn wins

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The Parkway Panthers, Benton Tigers, Bossier Bearkats and Plain Dealing Lions won district boys basketball games Tuesday night.

Gabe Decuir hit six 3-pointers in the second half as Parkway ended a three-game slide with an 80-64 District 1-5A victory over Airline at Airline. In another 1-5A contest at Haughton, co-defending champion Byrd was too much for the Bucs.

Benton picked up its first District 1-4A victory, 59-55, in overtime over Northwood at Benton.

Bossier raised its District 1-3A record to 2-0 with a 67-55 road victory over Mansfield.

Plain Dealing improved to 3-0 in District 1-1A with a 47-18 rout of Cedar Creek in Ruston.

At Airline, Parkway led 30-26 at the half and the Vikings were within three early in the third quarter. But Decuir, who finished with a game-high 20 points, hit 3-pointers on four straight trips down the floor and the Panthers pulled away.

Decuir hit two more 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter and Parkway (23-5, 1-1) stretched the lead to 19 points. Niki Edwards and Artavious Lynn contributed to the victory with 18 and 16 points, respectively.

Noah Hildebrand, who hit three 3-pointers, led Airline with 18 points. KJ Bilbo added 15 and Scott Jackson 12. The Vikings (7-14, 0-2) lost for the eighth straight time.

At Benton, William Givens poured in 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Da’Jerrick White added 12 points and Tanner Craft scored eight. The Tigers (6-12, 1-2) snapped a seven-game losing streak.

At Mansfield, Larry Robinson pumped in 20 points and Kentrell Hardy had 18 to lead Bossier (9-10, 2-0) to the victory. Chris Davenport chipped in with seven points.

Bossier has won three in a row and four of its last five. It was the 62nd straight district victory for the Bearkats.

At Ruston, Keldrick Carper had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the victorious Lions (12-8, 3-0), who won their fourth straight. Isaac Jacobs also scored 11 points, and Chiner Long added eight.

At Haughton, Ja’marcia Banks led Haughton with 20 points in the loss to Byrd. Damien Sears added 14 and Javonte Woodard 13.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com