Boys basketball: Parkway rallies past Airline; Bossier, New Tech win

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

The Parkway Panthers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Airline Vikings 62-60 in a District 1-5A game Tuesday night at Parkway.

Elsewhere in 1-5A, the Haughton Bucs fell to the Byrd Yellow Jackets 99-60 at Byrd.

In 1-4A, the Benton Tigers came close to pullout their first district win before falling to Northwood 43-41 in overtime at Northwood.

In 1-3A, the Bossier Bearkats raised their district record to 2-0 with a 70-50 victory over Mansfield at Bossier.

Jere Grice/Press-Tribune Parkway’s William McKnight goes up for a shot during the Panthers’ 62-60 District 1-5A victory over Airline Tuesday night at Parkway.
Jere Grice/Press-Tribune
Parkway’s William McKnight goes up for a shot during the Panthers’ 62-60 District 1-5A victory over Airline Tuesday night at Parkway.

In 1-1A, the Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing Lions routed Cedar Creek 58-28 at Plain Dealing.

At Parkway, Airline led 48-38 with about seven minutes left in th game.

But the Vikings went cold from the floor and Parkway forced some turnovers to get back in it.

Brodrick Jefferson got Parkway within one, 52-51, on a drive to the basket with about four minutes left.

Rob Harper made two free throws with 2:37 left to tie it at 54.

William McKnight then scored inside with 1:51 left to give Parkway its first lead since the first few minutes of the game.

The Panthers eventually extended the lead to four, but Austin Brannon hit a 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds to make it 61-60.

After Jefferson made one of two free throws, Airline had a chance to tie but couldn’t get a shot just inside the 3-point line to fall at the buzzer.

McKnight led Parkway (9-8, 1-1) with 12 points. Jefferson added 11, while Gabe Decuir and Keondre Wudtee had nine each.

Wudtee had a big tip-in late in the game to help Parkway extend the lead.

Robby Dooley led Airline (6-14, 0-2) with 15 points, and freshman KJ Bilbo had 11.

At Byrd, the Yellow Jackets (20-3), No. 2 in Class 5A in the power rankings, used a 34-13 second-quarter surge to pull away from Haughton.

Damien Sears led the Bucs (7-11, 0-2) with 16 points. Javonte Woodard chipped in with 12.

At Northwood, Benton led by three going into the fourth but the Falcons rallied to send the game into overtime tied at 39.

Northwood then outscored Benton 4-2 in the extra period.

Rudy Davis topped the Tigers (3-14, 0-3) with 11 points.

At Bossier, Devonte Hall scored 17 points and Kentrell Hardy 15 to lead the Bearkats (15-7) past Mansfield (7-13, 0-2).

Bossier got off to a fast start and led 17-7 after the first quarter. Darius Leary helped the Bearkats’ cause with 10 points.

At Plain Dealing, Tray Harris scored 14 points to lead the Lions (13-6, 2-1) to the rout of Cedar Creek.

New Tech visits Arcadia (18-2), which tops the 1A power rankings, in a key district game tonight.