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High school boys basketball: Back in familiar place, Bossier looks for berth in 3A title game

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The Bossier Bearkats back in a familiar place — the state tournament in Lake Charles.

It’s Bossier’s third time in Nick Bohanan’s five years as head coach to make the tournament.

The No. 2 seed Bearkats (27-7) face No. 3 Wossman (29-6) in the Class 3A semifinals at 2:30  p.m. Thursday at Burton Coliseum.

The winner faces the winner between No. 1 Madison Prep (23-6) and No. 4 Donaldsonville (30-4) for the championship at 2 Saturday.

The Bossier-Wossman game is a rematch of the 2020 state championship game won by the Bearkats 62-61. That game was at the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and was played without fans in attendance.

Wossman will be Bossier’s third straight team from District 2-3A in the playoffs. The Bearkats defeated No. 15 Richwood 83-41 in the second round and No. 10 Carroll 60-47 in the quarterfinals last week at home.

Wossman has defeated No. 30 Sterlington 63-47, No. 20 Booker T. Washington-New Orleans 88-60 and No. 6 St. Martinville 72-46 in the playoffs.

The 2-3A champion Bulldogs have won nine in a row since losing to Class 5A semifinalist Zachary 68-56 on Jan. 22.

Like Bossier, Wossman has one of the state’s most successful programs. The Wildcats are in the state tournament for the seventh straight year. 

While Bossier had a relatively easy time of it against Richwood, it took awhile for the Bearkats to put Carroll away.

Bossier led 21-12 at the half. Carroll got within five late in the third quarter. But Bossier senior Joseph Manning hit a big 3-pointer and the Bearkats eventually led by as many as 18.

Bohanan said it’s going to take a much better performance to beat Wossman.

“Wossman is probably going to be two or three times tougher than Carroll,” he said. “They’ve got two bigs (6-6 Pat Williams II and 6-8 Kamron Coleman) and they’re super physical. They’re more physical than Carroll and they’ve got more guys that can put it in the hole than Carroll. They shoot a lot better. We’re going to have to bring our game.

“We’re definitely going to have to clean things up. Main thing is we’re going to have to be tougher and more aggressive.”

Manning scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the second half. Marquis Harris powered his way to 14 points, including several dunks. 

Tahj Roots scored 10 points and hit Bossier’s only other 3-pointer.

Remarkable run of success

Bossier season-by-season since 2008-09

2008-09 — 36-6, 4A runner-up

2009-10 — 38-2, 4A runner-up

2010-11 — 33-2 4A champion

2011-12 — 31-4 3A runner-up

2012-13 — 30-4 3A semifinals

2013-14 — 26-8 3A semifinals

2014-15 — 15-12, 3A second round

2015-16 — 27-10, 4A state champion

2016-17 — 30-7, 4A quarterfinals

2017-18 — 27-7, 4A second round

2018-19 — 32-4, 4A runner-up

2019-20 — 35-3, 3A state champion

2020-21 — 18-11, 3A quarterfinal 

2021-22 — 27-7, ??

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