Boys basketball: Hall, Hardy lead Bossier past Evangel

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

The Bossier Bearkats completed a perfect run through the first half of District 1-3A play with a 64-48 victory over the Evangel Christian Academy Eagles Friday night at Bossier.

The Bearkats improved to 18-7 overall and 5-0 in district. They lead North Webster (18-8, 4-1) by one game and Evangel (15-10, 3-2) by two.

After a sluggish first quarter, the Bearkats took control in the second and led 26-18 at he half.

Bossier extended the lead to 51-37 late in the third quarter. Evangel cut it to nine at the end of the the third, but the the Bearkats dominated the fourth, extending their lead to 20 at one point.

Randy Brown/Press-Tribune Bossier’s Darius Leary looks to pass during the Bearkats’ 64-48 victory over Evangel Friday night at Bossier.
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Bossier’s Darius Leary looks to pass during the Bearkats’ 64-48 victory over Evangel Friday night at Bossier.

Bossier’s stifling defense eventually wore the Eagles down. The Bearkats also hit some timely 3-pointers. Five Bossier players made one.

The Bearkats’ top scorers — Devonte Hall and Kentrell Hardy — were effective hitting short-range jumpers and driving to the basket.

Hall led Bossier with 21 points. Hardy, who converted three three-point plays, had 16. Travis Manning chipped in with nine.

Elsewhere, the Benton Tigers lost to the North DeSoto Griffins 63-55 in overtime. It was Benton’s second overtime loss in district play.

Rudy Davis scored 15 points for the Tigers and William Givens added eight.

Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing began the second half of District 1-1A play with a 59-48 home victory over Ringgold.

Junior Isaac Jacobs had a big game for the Lions with 13 points, five rebounds and six blocked shots. Tray Harris added 13 points and Chiner Long 10. Keldrick Carper grabbed 18 rebounds.

New Tech (15-7, 4-2) is in third place in the district, two games behind leader Arcadia and one behind Grambling. The Lions visit Grambling Tuesday.