Thanks mainly to COVID-19, the 82nd Bossier Invitational was a disappointment. But the host Bearkats made the most of it.
Bossier defeated Calvary Baptist 58-42 Saturday to finish the event 2-0. The Bearkats defeated Homer 92-35 Thursday night.
Eight teams were originally scheduled to compete in a bracket format. One withdrew because of a scheduling conflict. Four others withdrew because of COVID-19 issues, leaving just Bossier, Calvary and Homer.
Three games were played, including one added Saturday before the Bossier-Calvary game. Homer defeated Minden 68-47 behind 36 points from Takeviuntae Kidd, who led the Pelicans to the Class 1A state football championship at quarterback.
The Bossier-Calvary game featured teams with high power rankings. The Bearkats came in at No. 2 in Class 3A. The Cavaliers were No. 2 in Division IV.
Calvary hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter and led 18-16. Bossier’s Joseph Manning sank two from behind the arc and scored nine in the quarter.
Manning knocked down another 3 and made 4-of-5 free throws in the second. Marquis Harris scored eight points as the Bearkats took control, outscoring the Cavaliers 22-7 for a 38-25 halftime lead.
Bossier maintained the 13-point advantage after three quarters.
Manning finished with 20 points. He was 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Tahj Roots, who hit three 3-pointers, scored 12 points. Harris added 10 and Carlos Butler seven.
La’Bree Williams led Calvary (8-7) with 15 points.
Bossier opens defense of its District 1-3A championship Tuesday at North Webster.