High school boys basketball: Airline downs Haughton; Bossier gets big non-district win

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The Airline Vikings downed the Haughton Bucs 54-32 in a District 1-5A game at Haughton on Saturday, and the Bossier Bearkats picked up a big non-district victory, defeating Wossman 59-57 at home.

Parkway and Benton lost close District 1-5A games on the road. The Panthers fell to Southwood 48-44 and the Tigers lost to Captain Shreve 51-47.

At Haughton, Devin Bilbo pumped in 14 points to lead Airline (12-7, 1-1).

Amir Wineglass and Kyle McConathy scored 11 each. Wineglass hit three 3-pointers.

Kentrell Parker, who also hit three from long range, paced Haughton (5-11, 0-2) with 16.

Airline led 24-12 at the half and 42-27 after three quarters.

The Bossier-Wossman game matched the top two teams in the latest Class 3A power rankings with the Bearkats at No. 1 and the Wildcats at No. 2.

Bossier (21-3) avenged a 67-61 loss to Wossman (19-3) on Nov. 26 in Monroe.

The Bearkats almost let a six-point lead slip away in the final 33.4 seconds.

With 11.6 seconds left, Bossier led 59-57 and was inbounding the ball underneath Wossman’s basket. The Bearkats had to take a timeout to avoid a 5-second violation.

The Wildcats deflected the inbounds pass and quickly got the ball inside. But Bossier’s 6-foot-7 D’Ante Bell forced a miss.

Wossman got the ball back, but Bossier’s Tim King knocked the ball away. The Bearkats got the ball and the final seconds ticked off.

King led Bossier with 23 points, including four 3-pointers. Cody Deen added 20.

The Bearkats appeared to be in control at the half, leading 34-22. But Wossman dominated the third quarter, outscoring Bossier 21-11 and cutting the lead to 45-43. King kept it from being worse by sinking two 3s in the period.

Bossier hurt itself at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, making just 4 of 11 to 8 of 8 for Wossman.

But at the end the Bearkats did what it took to pull out the victory.

At Southwood, Parkway dropped to 12-6 overall and 1-1 in district. Southwood improved to 13-8 and 2-0.

At Shreve, Benton fell to 8-11 and 0-2. Shreve improved to 13-6 and 1-1.

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