Calvary caps busy week with win in hoops matinee

By PRESTON EDWARDS, Journal Sports

During the high school season, teams usually play three games during a three day tournament, sometimes four.

Calvary, however, was trying to do something unheard of. Especially during district play. Who has heard of playing six games in an eight day span? Definitely not me.

Playing six games in eight days is no small feat for anyone on any level. Winning all six of those games is even harder.

However, that was the task ahead of the Calvary Cavs going into their Valentine’s weekend matinee tip with Bossier.

Coach Vic Morris had the same sentiment before their 6 p.m. tipoff on Saturday.

“We’ve only been able to practice once,” said Morris. “It has been a lot of studying film and just playing. Our guys have accepted the challenge, however and we’re looking to close out these 8 days with a win tonight.”

It looked bleak early but the Cavs managed to right the ship in the second half and squeeze out a 66-63 win over the third-rated Bearkats out of Class 3A.

Calvary finished the eight day period 6-0.

Coach Morris was proud of his team after the victory. “That’s a big win, man!” Our first time beating Bossier in program history. I am proud of our guys. They played hard for 32 minutes and they executed our game plan.”

Bossier raced out to an early lead in the first quarter despite Top-10 guard Joseph Manning garnering two fouls three minutes into the game. The Bearkats kept the pressure up and caused the Cavalier guards to constantly turn the ball over. Things looked really grim when Calvary Top-5 forward Labree Williams picked up his second foul with 2:08 left in the first. Bossier finished the quarter with a 25-12 lead looking as if they would run the Cavaliers out of their own gym.

Junior Kameron Kennon picked up the slack in the second quarter. His eight second-quarter points sparked the Cavs and helped them outscore Bossier by eight and cut their lead to three by intermission.

The second half was a different game as Calvary outplayed Bossier. Kennon continued his hot shooting in the third until Williams finally woke up. His 11 second-half points were key in helping to keep the Bearkats at bay.

Despite the Cavaliers improved play, Bossier still had a chance to send the game into overtime. However, the Joseph Manning three at the horn bounced off the rim.

Bossier coach Nick Bohanan summed up the loss in this manner. “We did not play very tough. You can’t miss six layups in the last 3:30 of the game. That’s winning time. They made winning plays and we didn’t.”

The loss dropped Bossier to 22-7 on the season while Calvary improved to 20-10.

Before the Bossier-Calvary battle, Evangel defeated the Bradley Bears from Arkansas 47-38 behind 17 points from Lance Waddles. Je’cal Bryant chipped in 12 on four made 3s. Evangel improved to 18-7 with Woodlawn and BTW coming up to finish the season.

Photo by Preston Edwards