Bossier’s Kentrell Hardy passes the ball during his game against Evangel.
Bossier’s defense is almost always a given, and the Bearkats bore down on Evangel on Tuesday.
But a flurry of early offense boosted the Bearkats to an early lead as they claimed a share of the District 1-3A title with a 54-37 win against Evangel.
The Bearkats (14-10, 8-2 District 1-3A) have won at least a share of every district title since 2008-09 (seven straight), while Evangel won a share of its first title since 2010-11. The two teams meet again Friday at BPCC to determine which squad gets the full power point and automatic bid.
“We’ve been playing pretty solid defense for the second half of the season, and we’ve felt like we played good defense the first time against Evangel (41-40 Eagles win),” Williams said. “The offense was asleep in the first game, but we got some shots to fall tonight.
“When you’re playing at home, you hit shots that you may be a little tighter on on the road. If we got some shots to fall, then we felt pretty good about our defense.”
After Evangel (23-9, 8-2) grabbed an 8-7 lead, Bossier scored the next 16 points as Evangel suffered through a nine-minute scoring drought. The Bearkats led 23-8 with two minutes left in the second quarter.
Five different Bossier players scored in the 16-0 run with Larry Robinson III scoring six of his 11 points.
Kentrell Hardy scored a team-high 16 points, including a 3-pointer that helped spark the run.
“It was defense. We played good team defense, and everybody rotated to the right spot and committed to the defense,” Hardy said. “We’ve got to keep that intensity up on defense (Friday) — defense wins games for us.”
Evangel’s Calvin Daniels scored a game-high 17 points, but a total of only six Eagles scored overall.
The Eagles committed six turnovers during Bossier’s first-half run, and turnovers plagued Evangel for most of the game. The Bearkats used run-out opportunities to score points in the first half.
“If we controlled our turnovers, we have a chance,” Mason said. “Bossier forced some of the turnovers, and some of the turnovers were unforced.
“But Bossier deserves the credit because they did what they needed to do.”
Evangel entered Friday’s contest at No. 6 in the kenramsey.com Class 3A power ratings while Bossier checked in at No. 16.
The Bearkats secured a first-round home game with the win, but if Bossier earns the full power point with Friday’s win, they could move up in the rankings and possibly avoid a second-round date with defending champion University Lab.