High school boys basketball: Top-seeded Bossier rolls into quarterfinals after slow start; Plain Dealing…

first_img“They only played six people so I was trying to wear them down so it would be easier to guard them in the second half. They had five really good ones. They weren’t real big. In the second half, it appeared we did kind of wear them down a little bit. Their legs were kind of gone.” Bossier tied it at 15 on along 3-pointer by Jacoby Decker.  Thatstarted a 15-4 run that put the Bearkats on top by 11. “For us to achieve our ultimate goal that’s what we’ve got to do. Just excited and blessed to still be playing basketball, really. I know we’re going to have a tough matchup in here Friday.” For the Bossier Bearkats, itwasn’t how they started Tuesday night but how they finished. Bossier (30-3) will host No.9 Franklin Parish  (27-6) in thequarterfinals Friday. The Patriots defeated No. 8 Woodlawn of Baton Rouge 51-48in the second round. Bossier’s Kaalas Roots scored 15 points. Decker and Dante Bell added 10 each. Bossier coach Nick Bohanansaid he’s just happy that the Bearkats are still playing. Last year, Bossierwent into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed and was upset by No. 18 McDonogh No.35 80-78 in the second round in New Orleans. Morgan City closed its season16-14. Deondre Grogan led Morgan City with 21 points.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo In a Class 1A second-round game, the Plain Dealing Lions’ season came to an end with a 69-58 loss to No. 3 seed Jonesboro-Hodge (26-5) in Jonesboro. Plain Dealing, the No. 14 seed, finished its first season under head coach Trevor Bernard 16-10. Bossier, the No. 1 seed, fellbehind No. 16 Morgan City 11-0 in their Class 4A boys basketball second-roundgame. But the Bearkats outscored the Tigers by 37 points the rest of the way enroute to a 69-43 victory at Bossier.center_img Beasley had his own personal 10-0 run, part of a 23-4 run that gave Bossier a 56-33 lead late in the third quarter. But the Tigers rallied andwere very much in it at the half, trailing 33-29. “In the first half, part of our plan was to wear them down,” Bohanan said. “I knew they were going to get some buckets. I knew as long as we kept it close or even were down a little bit I felt like we’d be good in the second half. It didn’t take long for theBearkats to shake off the nerves. Senior guard Xavien Beasley,who picked up a couple of fouls early and sat most of the first half, scored 15of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter. “I think we came out with just nerves,” he said. “We were shooting the ball over the goal, stuff like that. It happens. You get a little excited, big game.” “That’s the thing about thisteam,” Bohanan said. “I’ve got so many guys that on any given night can step upand make it their night. I think that’s what makes this team special and hardto defend because you’ve got so many guys who can really play.” “I told the boys we waited365 days to get back to this point,” Bohanan said. “Now we’ve got to finishwhat we started last year. We’re at the quarterfinals so now we’ve got to breakthrough the quarterfinals and get an opportunity to make it back down to the(state tournament). Bohanan wasn’t too worriedwhen his team got down early. After all, he knows how quickly the Bearkats canscore especially when they start forcing turnovers with their defensivequickness.last_img read more

Prospect Profile: Mason McCoy

first_imgPlease follow and like us: MLB.com released the preseason top 30 prospects list for the Baltimore Orioles last Monday. Over the next month I will be profiling each of those 30 players, and we start today with shortstop Mason McCoy.McCoy was drafted in the sixth round (188th overall) from the University Of Iowa in the 2017 draft. McCoy spent his first two collegiate seasons at Illinois Central Community College before he transferred to Iowa.McCoy was a standout player while in Junior College, racking up awards such as Freshman of the year and being named an All-American both seasons.He continued his form in the summer while playing for the La Crosse Loggers of the North Woods League. In the summer 2015 season, McCoy was named the league MVP finishing the season with a league record 112 hits. He had another stellar season with the Loggers in 2016. He hit .320 in 65 games and was named MVP of the 2016 All-Star game.McCoys numbers did not dip as he made the jump to Division One Baseball. He appeared in 117 games, starting all but one, in his two seasons in Iowa. In that time he hit .311 with 30 doubles 68 RBI and 92 runs scored.After being drafted by the Orioles, McCoy was assigned to the Aberdeen IronBirds for the rest of the 2017 season. McCoy mad 48 starts at shortstop and appeared in 53 games overall. He was one of three IronBirds to hit over .300. In 186 at bats, McCoy had 54 hits for a .301 average and also collected 11 doubles and 29 RBI.McCoy is a player who does not look like he will ever hit for power. The most home runs he has hit in a season is nine during the 2015 NWL season. The only season he did not hit .300 was his first season with the Hawkeyes when he hit .291.One of McCoys biggest tools is his defense. MLB.com rates his defense at 60 (ratings range from 20-80) which is the highest of the 30 on the list and they rate his arm at 55.A month away from turning 23, McCoy still has a good bit of development left before he makes it to Baltimore. MLB.com estimates his arrival to the Majors will happen in 2020.last_img read more