Tuesday boys basketball: Bossier pulls off big comeback

1087

Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

The Bossier Bearkats rallied from 16 points down in the third quarter to knock off the Tioga Indians 73-69 Tuesday night in Tioga.

Bossier hit eight 3-pointers in the third quarter to erase the deficit and led 52-50 going into the fourth quarter.

The Bearkats hit 13 3-pointers in the game.

Devonte Hall led Bossier (13-7) with 34 points, and Kentrell Hardy had 19. Hall and Hardy both hit five 3-pointers.

Aaron Epps, a 6-foot-9 LSU signee, led Tioga (19-2) with 27 points.

The victory should give Bossier a boost in the Class 3A power ratings. Before the game, the Bearkats were No. 5. Tioga was No. 4 in Class 4A.

In other non-district games Tuesday, Parkway knocked off Ruston 65-58 at Parkway and host Airline fell to Natchitoches Central 61-36.

In district openers, Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing won 54-49 at Ringgold in 1-1A and Benton suffered a 70-42 home loss to Fair Park in 1-4A.

At Parkway, the Panthers (8-6) pulled away in the fourth quarter for the win over the Bearcats.

Three Panthers scored in double figures — Juwon Johnson (16), Brodrick Jefferson (14) and Keondre Wudtee (12). Rob Harper added nine.

At Ringgold, Tray Harris and Keldrick Carper both posted double-doubles in New Tech’s victory.

Harris had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Carper had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Ja’Carlius Stromile led the Lions (12-5) with 14 points.

At Benton, Patrick Edmonds led the Tigers with 11 points in the loss to Fair Park.

At Airline, the Vikings couldn’t overcome the Chiefs’ significant height advantage. Cameron Laird, a 6-9 sophomore, led the Chiefs with 16 points. Austin Brannon led Airline (6-13) with six.