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High school boys basketball: Fair Park, Huntington, Union Parish advance in Bossier Invitational; Bossier, Benton open play Thursday


The Fair Park Indians, Huntington Raiders and Union Parish Fightin’ Farmers advanced to the quarterfinals of the 77th Bossier Invitational boys basketball tournament Wednesday at Bossier High.

In first-round games, Fair Park routed Red River 72-43, Union Parish defeated Mansfield 65-50 and Huntington edged North Caddo 68-67.

The Bossier Bearkats and Benton Tigers play their first-round games Thursday. Bossier (16-3), riding an 11-game winning streak, faces New Living Word (7-18), a Class C school from Lincoln Parish, at 7:30 p.m. at Bossier. Benton (5-7) takes on Monroe Richwood (12-8) at 6 at BPCC.

In the other first=round games at Bossier, Booker T. Washington (5-11) plays Ruston (10-4) at 4:30 and defending Class 5A state champ Natchitoches Central (15-2) faces Green Oaks (5-14) at 6. Natchitoches Central is also the defending Bossier Invitational champ.

In the other first-round game at BPCC, Northwood (3-12) plays Carencro (11-7) at 7:30.

The winner of the Bossier-New Living Word game plays Union Parish (11-7) in the quarterfinals at 6:30 Friday at Bossier. The Benton-Richwood winner faces Fair Park (13-6) at 8 Friday at Elm Grove Middle School.

Huntington (13-7) plays the Natchitoches Central-Green Oaks winner at 6:30 Friday at Elm Grove.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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