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High school boys basketball: Bossier advances to quarterfinals, sets up rematch with Carroll

by Russell Hedges
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The Bossier Bearkats advanced to the quarterfinals of the non-select Division II playoffs with a 56-43 victory over the No. 11 seed Opelousas Tigers Tuesday night at Bossier.

Defending state champion Bossier (23-12), the No. 6 seed, will travel to Monroe Friday to take on No. 3 Carroll. The Bulldogs (26-8) defeated No. 14 Minden 64-48 in the second round.

Bossier defeated Carroll 56-52 at home in the second game of the season on Nov. 18.

This will be the fourth straight season the Bearkats and Bulldogs have met in the playoffs. Bossier won 42-33 in the state championship game last year and 80-47 in the 2022 Class 3A quarterfinals. Carroll won 59-56 in the 2021 quarterfinals.

Tuesday night’s game was also a rematch. The Bearkats also knocked the Tigers out of the playoffs in the second round last year.

Bossier controlled the rematch from the start

The Bearkats got off to a strong start defensively, taking a 13-4 lead after the first quarter.

Bossier got hot in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 23-10 for a 36-14 halftime lead.

Opelousas rallied a bit in the third, but Bossier took a 44-30 lead into the fourth.

Justin Slaid came up big for the Bearkats.

He scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the first half. He hit all three of his 3-pointers in the second quarter and scored 12.

Kerel Dean scored 15, including five in the fourth quarter. Kameron Davenport hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and had eight points in the game. 

Javon Johnson and Javonte Small both scored six.

Opelousas’ TK Lewis scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half. He made five 3-pointers in the game.

The Tigers closed their season 18-11.

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