Captain Shreve junior Toronco Loston has carried the Gators offensively at times this season.
On Saturday in the tournament championship, his Gators’ teammates took their turn.
A balanced scoring attack led Captain Shreve to a 64-61 win against Parkway for the Gators’ second-ever Bossier tournament title in the 75th edition of the event.
“It means a lot because I’ve been telling them since the season started that ya’ll have to step up because I’ve seen them score when we’ve played pick up,” said Loston, the tournament MVP.
“My teammates stepped up, and I try to be the leader of the court. I didn’t have it going tonight, but teammates had it going.”
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Senior forward Tyrone Earls led all scoers with 17 points while Shaun Davenport chipped in with 10 points.
With Shreve (11-9) leading 63-55 with 33 seconds left, Parkway made a late push.
Keondre Wudtee made a free throw and Artavious Lynn rebounded a Wudtee miss and scored for a three-point possession, cutting Shreve’s lead to 63-58.
After Tyrone Earls made one free throw, Lynn drilled a 3-pointer with eight seconds left to slice the Gators’ edge to 64-61.
Jason Houston missed a front-end free throw, and Lynn pulled up for a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer, but his attempt fell short. Lynn scored 13 points with Juwon Johnson scoring a team-high 14 and Niki Edwards contributing 10 points.
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Parkway 73, Orr 61: Even though the win just meant the Panthers advanced to the championship of the Bossier tournament against Captain Shreve, Parkway coach Mike Guess didn’t downplay the importance of Saturday morning’s win over an Orr Academy (Chicago) team that demolished the Panthers one year ago.
Parkway trailed by one point with 2:25 left, but the Panthers ended the game on an 18-5 run.
“This means a lot. Last year we played these guys, and they beat us down pretty good,” Guess said. “This is a different (Orr) team than last year, but it’s a great win for our team.
“We’re getting (a lot of contributions) every game from Nikki, Keondre, Juwon, Artavious, Gabe, Trey, (William McKnight) — a whole lot of guys contribute every game.”
Captain Shreve 62, BTW 61:The Lions had a chance down three points with nine seconds remaining, but Marvontae Alexander decided to drive for a layup, and the clock ran out before the Gators had to inbound.
Southwood 64, Huntington 61: The Cowboys got a win in the loser’s portion with Terion Bell (18 points) and Daterrius Hubbard (14 points) leading the way.
Southwood pulled away with a 7-0 run (five Bell points) to lead 53-47 with about five minutes left, and Huntington never came closer than one point.