Extravaganza Classic hits a home run in Shreveport

By PRESTON EDWARDS, Journal Sports

It may sound funny to use a classic baseball term to describe a high school basketball event, however, the Extravaganza Classic hosted by Calvary Baptist on Saturday was a home run.

Mal Mundy of Hoopfest Tours echoed the same sentiment.

“I loved the setup. I loved the event. Shreveport came out to support the event, said Mundy. “ Other high school players coming to the event was good to see. Vic Morris was really hands on as well. This will be an annual event.”

The inaugural Extravaganza Classic sponsored by Hoopfest Tours saw five games matching 10 of the top teams in Louisiana. From the comments from each participating school on Twitter, they enjoyed the experience.

“Saturday was special man,” stated Calvary coach Vic Morris. “To have that type of support from the city and the fans was amazing. Big shoutout to Mal Mundy for bringing the platform to Shreveport. We are back at it next year!”

Even with Woodlawn and Bossier having Friday night district matchups, they (along with Calvary) competed hard during their contests. Here is a rundown of how each local team fared.

OUACHITA 41, WOODLAWN 38: Despite 17 points and 9 rebounds from Donavan Seamster, the Lions pulled out a close victory over the Knights. Freshman Brandon Henderson was a bright spot for the Knights with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Jeremiah Puckett was the Ouachita leading scorer with 12.

CALVARY BAPTIST 59, SCOTLANDVILLE 54: Labree Williams scored 24 points and pulled down 14 boards as the host team Calvary defeated top rated Scotlandville Hornets. Senior Rayvon Smith, of the Hornets, had a good game as well with 22 points and 8 assists of his own.

CARVER 57, BOSSIER 50: The nightcap saw a tight contest between the Rams and Bearkats. Dorian Finister and his 25 points and 9 assists led Carver to the victory. Joseph Manning and Marquis Harris each had great games. Harris ended with a double-double (14 point, 11 rebounds) while Manning finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds.

In the other Extravaganza contest, St. Paul’s defeated Simsboro 64-50 behind Zach Fenn stat sheet filling performance. He had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists on the night. Defending 5A champion Zachary prevailed by 12 over a hardworking Wossman Wildcat team 68-56. The Broncos were powered by a 25 point, 15 rebound performance by senior Jalen Bolden. With the win, Zachary extends their win streak to 17.

All participants return to district play this week on Tuesday.