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Men’s college basketball: BPCC makes school history with first-round victory in Region XIV Tournament

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The Bossier Parish Community College Cavaliers made school history Tuesday afternoon.

BPCC, the No. 8 seed, won a game in the Region XIV Tournament for the first time, defeating No. 9 Angelina College 65-59 in Jacksonville, Texas.

The Cavs (16-13) will play Kilgore College in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Thursday. Kilgore, the No. 1 seed, received a first-round bye.

Kilgore (27-2) tied for first in the conference standings with Lee College. The Rangers won the regular-season title and earned the No. 1 seed by virtue of their 85-62 victory over Lee on Dec. 11.

BPCC stunned Kilgore, then ranked No. 2 in NJCAA Division I, 109-101 in overtime in Kilgore on Jan. 29. The Rangers, now No, 3 in the nation, defeated the Cavs 82-61 in a rematch at BPCC on Feb. 23.

Tuesday’s victory over Angelina was the BPCC’s second over the Roadrunners this season. The Cavs won the regular-season meeting 70-58 on Dec. 11 at BPCC.

BPCC scored just 20 points in the first half but trailed by only four. The Cavs got going offensively in the second half, outscoring the Roadrunners 45-35.

Jaeden Marshall led the Cavs with 17 points despite an off-night shooting. He was 3-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range. He fared much better from the free throw line, making 9-of-12.

Derick Hamilton scored 13 points. Christian Caldwell had nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Adrian Walker led the team in assists with five.

The Cavs shot 45.1 percent (23-of-51) from the field, including 3-of-11 from behind the arc. The Roadrunners shot 40.1 percent (23-of-57), including 5-of-17 on 3-pointers.

BPCC made 16-of-25 free throws to 8-of-15 for Angelina.

The Cavs forced 18 turnovers. 

Quandre Bullock led Angelina (13-16) with 19 points.

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