High school boys basketball: Bossier, Plain Dealing advance to second round; Parkway, Airline fall

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The Bossier Bearkats and Plain Dealing Lions advanced to the second round of the LHSAA basketball playoffs Friday night.

Bossier, the No. 1 seed, routed No. 32 Grant 58-20 in a Class 3A first-round game at Bossier. 

Plain Dealing, the No. 16 seed, defeated No. 17 Montgomery 74-66 at Plain Dealing.

Two other parish teams’ seasons came to an end.

Parkway, the No. 20 seed, fell to No. 13 East Ascension 66-51 in a Class 5A first-round game in Gonzalez.

Airline, the No. 25 seed, lost to No. 8 Comeaux 40-25 in a 5A first-round game in Lafayette. The loss ended retiring Chris White’s outstanding 33-year career, including 13 seasons as head coach at Airline and four at Bossier.

At Bossier, Joseph Manning scored 16 points to lead the Bearkats.

Bossier had to adjust its lineup after losing 6-foot-7 forward D’Ante Bell to a knee injury in its final regular-season game against Neville last Friday.

The Bearkats got off to an extremely slow start offensively. Tim King’s 3-pointer was Bossier’s only field goal of the first quarter. The Bearkats sank three free throws and scored just six points.

But Bossier’s defense was tough as always and the Bearkats still led 6-2 going into the second.

Manning then got going, scoring seven in the second. Lakavin Thomas and James Davis added four each and the Bearkats led 21-9 at the half. 

Bossier came out strong in the third quarter, scoring 25 points and extending the lead to 30.

Manning, Tim King and Cody Deen all hit 3-pointers in the third. Manning added nine points to his total and Deen scored seven of his 10.

King, who had three 3s in the game, scored five of his 11 points.

Bossier (31-3) will visit No. 17 Crowley (21-8) in the second round Tuesday. The Gents defeated No. 16 South Beauregard 65-58 in the first round.

Grant finished 12-15.

At Plain Dealing, Darrien Perry scored 13 his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Lions to the victory.

Tre Boyd scored eight of his 16 in the second quarter. Johnson, who hit two 3s, also scored 16.

Ladarious O’Neal added 11 points.

Plain Dealing (12-14) will travel to Lebeau next week to face No. 1 North Central (23-7), which received a first-round bye.

Montgomery closed its season 9-16.

At East Ascension, Parkway played a very strong first half and trailed just 35-34.

The Spartans hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to a 22-15 lead. Gabe Larry helped the Panthers stay within striking distance with nine first-quarter points.

Parkway rallied in the second. Bryce Roberts hit two from long range and Gnoble Peterson one.

But the second half belonged to East Ascension. The Spartans outscored the Panthers 19-7 in the third quarter.

Camryn Carter led East Ascension (23-8) with 22 points. Herbert Grayson added 19.

Roberts completed an outstanding junior season with a team-high 16 points. Larry added 13 and Peterson 11.

Parkway finished a very good season 19-12, a six-win improvement over the 2018-19 season. It’s the most wins since the 2015-16 season when the Panthers went 20-11.

The game was the last one for seniors Javoris White, Zion Beaver, Micah Roberts and Peterson.

At Comeaux, Airline kept it close in the slow-paced game. The Vikings trailed 6-4 after the first quarter quarter and 24-18 at the end of three. But Comeaux (24-6) pulled away for the victory.

Senior forward Brayden Thompson, who missed most of the second half of the season because of an injury, grabbed nine rebounds and scored seven points.

Senior guard Kyle McConathy scored seven points and had six rebounds.

Two other Vikings, Kendrick Caldwell and Justin Moffett, also played their last game.

Airline finished 16-16. White finished with 350 victories in 17 seasons as a head coach.