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|Area teams participate in I-20 Shootout|
Basketball fans flocked to Carroll High School for The News-Star I-20 Shootout last weekend that featured several of the area's boy's basketball squads going head-to-head for round-ball supremacy.
In the title tilt, it West Monroe outlasted Ouachita in an overtime thriller. Dez Abrams took a pass inside and scored with four seconds left to win the game for the Rebels, 64-63.
West Monroe fell behind 11-4 in the first quarter and trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter before pressing their way back into the game thanks to major foul trouble and poor free-throw shooting on the offensive end by the Lions.
"We kept battling even when we were down," West Monroe head coach Bakari Beckwith said. "When we do the right things out there we can be a real good basketball team."
Beckwith is in his first season at West Monroe, where he replaced Rickie Branch as head coach. Beckwith spent the last several years as the top assistant to Casey Jones at Ouachita.
"To me, Ouachita is the epitome of basketball in north Louisiana," Beckwith said. "I challenged our team to play like champions and we came away with the tournament title."
Abrams finished with 15 points and Chuck Glass scored 13 to lead West Monroe to their third consecutive win in the tournament
Senior Nick Haywood led Ouachita (14-1) with 19 points, including a three-point basket to send the game to the extra period with just a few seconds left in the fourth quarter. Henry Sidney scored 16 for Ouachita.
The win for West Monroe (11-6) avenged a 59-45 loss to Ouachita in November. The Rebels continued to torch the nets on Monday night with a 80-28 thumping of Parkway High School of Shreveport.
In semifinal action of the I-20 Shootout, West Monroe had advanced by devouring Carroll 42-30 while Ouachita beat Wossman 60-56.
Carroll received a bye in the first round of the tournament after Dollarway, Ark., and Fair Park decided not to come due to some last minute changes. Those changes included insurance issues not allowing the tournament to play half of the schedule at the Monroe Civic Center.
Carroll lost to West Monroe and Richwood, before beating Ouachita Christian on Saturday.
The Neville Tigers (4-6) defeated the Ruston Bearcats in the first round of the tournament that began Thursday night. The 45-43 win by Neville preceded a Friday night loss to Ouachita, 67-50.
The Richwood Rams (5-3) also participated in the tournament. The Rams lost on opening night to Ouachita, 92-56, as Haywood lit up the scoreboard with a game-high 25 points.
Richwood bounced back later that weekend with wins over Carroll and Wossman. The Rams will travel to Northwest High School on Friday for another tournament before visiting West Monroe to ring in the new year on Jan. 2.
Wossman went 1-2 in the tournament with losses to Ouachita and Richwood. The Wildcats (6-3) upended Jonesboro-Hodge in the consolation round of the tournament Saturday afternoon.
A pair of district 2-1A rivals went head-to-head to begin the action Friday night when Ouachita Christian School battled cross-town rival Saint Frederick.
OCS (9-4) was led by top scorer Chris Dupont on the offensive end. Dupont scored 25 points and has scored double figures in each of the Eagles games so far this season.
Anthony Marshall and Spencer Craft each tallied 11 points to pace Saint Frederick (2-12). The Warriors lost to Jonesboro-Hodge in consolation action Saturday afternoon, 74-30.
The host Carroll Bulldogs upended OCS on Saturday, 87-54. The Eagles got back on the winning track Monday night with a 58-46 win at LaSalle.