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Prep basketball: Bossier among teams competing in Paul Millsap Classic Saturday at BPCC

If you like high school basketball, then BPCC is the place to be Saturday.

The Bossier Bearkats are among 16 teams competing in the Paul Millsap Classic.

The Bearkats face Ouachita Parish at 7:30 p.m.

In the only girls’ game, Fairview plays two-time defending Class 2A state champion North Caddo in the opener at 10:30 a.m.

That will be followed by seven boys’ games — Fairview vs. Grambling, noon; Atlanta vs. Anacoco, 1:30; Fair Park vs. Leesville, 3; Huntington vs. St. Thomas More, 4:30; Captain Shreve vs. Simsboro, 6; Bossier vs. Ouachita; and Byrd vs. North Caddo, 9.

Admission is $10 and includes all games.

The event features some of the top teams in the state.

Bossier was the District 1-3A co-champion last season. Ouachita was a Class 5A quarterfinalist.

The Atlanta-Anacoco game is a matchup between two of the top small school programs in the state. Anacoco won the Class B state championship last season and Atlanta was the Class C runner-up.

Fair Park is the defending District 1-4A champion. Leesville reached the second round of the Class 4A playoffs last season.

North Caddo was a Class 2A semifinalist last season. The Rebels feature one of the state’s top players in 6-foot-8 power forward Robert Williams, who has committed to Texas A&M.

Byrd is the defending District 1-5A champion.

Fairview lost to Anacoco in the Class B semifinals last season. Grambling reached the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.

St. Thomas More reached the Class 4A second round last season. Huntington was the District 1-4A runner-up.

Simsboro was a Class B quarterfinalist last season.

The event is named after the former Louisiana Tech and Grambling Lab star who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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