Bossier is always in a game with its pressure defense, and the Bearkats nearly overcame a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter of the Bossier High School Invitational on Friday.
But Captain Shreve fended off Bossier’s run for a 65-63 win, doing just enough to avoid succumbing to Bossier’s press.
The Bearkats started the fourth quarter with a 43-41 edge, but the Gators put together a 16-2 spurt to grab a 57-45 lead with 3:30 left.
Toronco Loston scored a game-high 22 points, but he had plenty of help during that run as five different Gators scored.
“It’s necessary. If it’s just Loston, we’re not going to be very successful,” said Shreve coach Todd Martinez. He’s a heckuva player, and he will be a better player when his teammates also contribute the way they did in the fourth quarter.
“… The others have to make sure that they also are pushing themselves, not just throwing it back to (Loston). I’ve never yelled at a team so much to shoot the ball as I have this one.”
Jacob Houston scored six of his 10 points in the fourth quarter, and Tyrone Earls and Josh Elzie each had nine points.
Bossier thrived in the frenetic pace of the last three minutes, forcing five Gators turnovers and getting as close as 63-59 with 20 seconds left. Kentrell Hardy stole another pass, but he couldn’t keep from a backcourt violation that all but sealed it for the Gators.
Quantavious Capers banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the final score 65-63.
“We did a lot to overcome the turnovers because we had a slew of them,” Martinez said. “This is a big win for us because we get to play two games (Saturday).
“This team needs time to play as many as they can together, and two more games helps us get ready for the rest of the season.”
Shreve advances to play the winner of BTW and Southwood on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bossier High.
BTW 61, Southwood 55: After Marvontae Alexander carried the Lions to a Thursday victory, Bobdrick Thomas took his turn Friday.
Thomas scored a game-high 26 points to lead BTW to a 61-55 win against Southwood in the Bossier High School Invitational Tournament quarterfinals.
Thomas scored 11 points in the fourth quarter against a Cowboys squad that couldn’t find the big bucket to overtake the Lions late.
Plain Dealing 41, Benton 23: The Lions froze Benton’s offense with a zone defense as they ended their tournament with a win Friday.
Chiner Long scored a game-high 16 points with three 3-pointers while Logan Allen added nine points for the Lions.