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College basketball: BPCC men face Coastal Bend in Region XIV tournament Tuesday at the Gold Dome


The No. 5 seed Bossier Parish Community College Cavaliers face No. 12 Coastal Bend in the first round of the NJCAA Region XIV men’s at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

For the second straight year, the men’s and women’s tournaments are at the Centenary Gold Dome. Semifinal games are Friday and championship games Saturday.

The event starts Tuesday with four men’s games. The 1 o’clock opener pits No. 8 Panola (19-11)  against No. 9 Jacksonville (16-12).

No. 7 Trinity Valley (18-12) plays No. 10 Lamar State College-Port Arthur (14-16) at 6 and No. 6 Kilgore (21-8) takes on No. 11 Lee (16-14) at 8.

Four men’s teams received first-round byes and don’t play until Thursday — No. 1 Tyler (25-2), No. 2 Angelina (21-9), No. 3 Navarro (18-12) and No. 4 Blinn (21-9).

The women’s tournament starts Wednesday with four quarterfinal games.

No. 1 Trinity Valley (29-1) faces No. 8 Jacksonville (6-22) at 1, No. 4 Tyler (22-8) takes on No. 5 Kilgore (22-8) at 3, No. 2 Blinn (24-6) plays No. 7 Paris (11-17) at 6 and No. 3 Panola (16-12) meets No. 6 Angelina (17-12) at 8.

BPCC brings a 20-10 record into the tournament. The Cavaliers finished a program-best 12-7 in the conference, highlighted by a 94-87 victory over Tyler, then ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA Division I poll, last week.

BPCC is averaging 81.1 points per game. Four Cavs average in double figures — 6-foot-9 freshman forward Will LaPoole (15.2), freshman forward Diamante Brown (14.2), sophomore guard E.J. Clark (14.1) and freshman guard Paul King.

LaPoole and King are both former Ouachita Parish standouts. King has been on a tear lately. He has scored 31, 26, 40 and 26 in his last four games.

Coastal Bend is 11-18. In their only regular-season meeting, BPCC defeated Coastal Bend 73-68 at home on Jan. 28.

BPCC lost to Lamar State College-Port Arthur 90-84 in the first round last year.

At No. 11, Tyler is the only team in the men’s tournament ranked in the NJCAA Division I poll. 

Trinity Valley is the No. 1 ranked team in the women’s poll. Tyler is No. 17 and Blinn is No. 24.

Curtessia Dean, a 5-10 guard from Wossman, leads Trinity Valley in scoring at 18.7 points per game.

Tickets are $4-$30. Free admission for children under age 5. Tickets can be purchased at www.ShreveportBossierSports.com or at the Centenary Gold Dome Box Office, Tuesday through Friday starting at noon and Saturday starting at 3 p.m. 

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