Boys basketball: Three parish teams advance in Bossier tourney

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

Three parish teams advanced to the quarterfinals of the 74th Bossier Invitational boys basketball tournament Thursday.

In first-round games, host Bossier rolled past Neville 64-30, Parkway defeated Mansfield 68-53 and Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing knocked off Green Oaks 44-30.

Airline was the only parish team that los in the first round. The Vikings simply faced too tall of an order against Orr Academy out of Chicago.

Orr features 6-foot-9 Marlon Jones and 6-7 Tyquan Greer. Airline’s tallest player is 6-5 Tristan Wallis. Predictably, Orr won 70-39.

Parkway gets a shot at Orr in the quarterfinals at 3 p.m. today. In the other quarterfinal games, Natchitoches Central faces Northwood at 5, Bossier plays New Tech at 6:30 and Byrd meets Huntington at 8.

In other first-round games Thursday, Natchitoches Central slipped past Captain Shreve 69-67, Byrd edged Fair Park 75-73 in overtime, Northwood got past BTW 58-55 in overtime and Huntington dropped Southwood 77-55.

Bossier dominated Neville from the outset, taking a 31-13 halftime lead. The Bearkats allowed the Tigers only two points in the third quarter and led 50-15.

Devonte Hall scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the first half. Kentrell Hardy finished with 18, including three 3-pointers.

Parkway got 20 points from William McKnight in its win over Mansfield, which led by two at the half.

Keldrick Carter topped New Tech with 16 points against Green Oaks. Willie Turks added 10.

Austin Brannon and Noah Hildebrand led Airline with 14 points each against Orr. Orr’s Greer had 26.