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High school boys basketball: Benton, Bossier, Plain Dealing win as regular season ends; four parish teams headed to playoffs


The Benton Tigers, Bossier Bearkats and Plain Dealing Lions picked up victories as the regular season came to an end Friday night.

In District 1-5A games, Benton downed Airline 51-48 at Benton, Parkway fell to champion Natchitoches Central 72-59 in Natchitoches and Haughton lost to second-place Captain Shreve 59-46 at Haughton.

In a non-district game, Bossier routed Neville 67-40 in Monroe. 

Bossier’s Nick Bohanan is now 89-14 in three seasons as head coach with the playoffs still to go. This is the second straight season he has guided the Bearkats to at least 30 wins. His first team in 2017-18 won 27 games.

In a District 1-1A game, Plain Dealing rolled past Haynesville 63-37 at Haynesville.

At Benton, Brodie Romero led the Tigers with 14 points.

Airline led 26-24 at the half. Benton rallied in the third quarter and took a 40-35 lead into the fourth.

Romero hit two 3-pointers in the third quarter and scored 10 points. 

Jalen Taylor and Jyrrell McClendon scored eight points each for Benton.

Star Hampton led Airline with nine. Kendrick Crawford added seven.

Benton closed its season 12-19 overall and 4-10 in district.

Airline (16-15, 5-9) is No. 26 in the 5A power rankings, according to louisianasportsline.com. The top 32 teams in the final rankings make the playoffs. Final official rankings and playoff pairings will be announced Monday.

At Natchitoches Central, Parkway closed the regular season 19-11 and 8-6.

The Panthers are No. 20 in the power rankings and will be on the road in the first round.

Gabe Larry and Bryce Roberts led Parkway, which trailed by just four after three quarters, with 19 and 17 points, respectively.

Natchitoches Central (27-2, 13-0) is No. 1 in the power rankings. The Chiefs close the regular season at home Saturday against No. 15 Southwood (21-11, 10-3), which defeated Byrd 67-34 Friday.

At Haughton, the Bucs finished their first season under head coach Terry Josting 6-22 and 1-13. Shreve, No. 9 in the power rankings, improved to 23-8 and 11-3. If Natchitoches Central defeats Southwood, the Gators will finish solo second in the district.

At Neville, Cody Deen knocked down six 3-pointers and scored 25 points to lead the Bearkats.

Tim King added 11.

Bossier rolled to a 16-3 first-quarter lead. Deen hit four 3s and scored 14 points in the second quarter. The Bearkats led 37-14 at the half.

Patrick McCrane led Neville (17-14) with 16 points.

District 1-3A champion Bossier (30-3) will go into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in 3A. 

At Haynesville, four Plain Dealing players scored in double figures in the victory — Darrien Perry (15), Ken Gay (12), Ladarious O’Neal (11) and Tre Boyd (10).

The Lions closed the regular season 11-14 overall and 5-5 in 1-1A.

Plain Dealing is No. 16 in the power rankings. The Lions will be at home in the first round of the playoffs if they are in the same spot in the official final rankings.

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