Jacksonville Daily Progress
Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) head men's basketball coach Joe St. Andre was inquiring about a buffet-style restaurant to take his Cavaliers to for dinner Saturday night.
His team had already had a feast, however, as the Cavaliers shot 53.5-percent (30-56) from the field to stun Jacksonville College, 87-66, in front of a hearty crowd at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
On the flip side, the Jags connected on just 25 of 67 tries from the field (37.3-percent).
The loss dropped the Jags (6-11, 1-6 Region XIV) into one of the two bottom positions in the conference standings, with the two last place schools not earning a spot into the Region XIV Championship Tournament, which will take place in early March.
BPCC improved to 3-13, 2-5 with the victory.
Cavalier assistant coach Rocky French said his team had not shot that well in its last four or five games, and that he thought architecture had a part to play in the BPCC win.
“We seem to shoot well in the smaller gyms,” French said. “We won at Blinn, Coastal Bend and now here in Jacksonville and we shot very well in all three buildings, which are smaller places.”
BPCC's win over Blinn was eventually awarded to the Bucs on a forfeit, after BPCC won the actual game by a single point.
Both clubs came out tight and appeared to be nervous early on as six turnovers were committed in the first two minutes of play, three by each team.
The Cavs took the lead for good with 7:44 to play in the first half, following a trey by Davon Moss that gave BPCC a 22-21 edge.
BPCC was lethal from beyond the arc, where the Cavs drained rainmakers at a 41.2-percent (7-17) clip.
BPCC then went on to close the half out by outscoring the JC men, 19-7, to take a 41-28 lead into the locker room at the half.
While Jag fans probably expected the tide to turn in the final 20 minutes, it didn't happen as BPCC scored the first six points of the final half.
The Cavs' biggest lead of the night, 54-32, came with 15:25 left in the game, as the Cavs opened the last segment by going 6-6 from the field.
JC had a strong spurt midway of the closing period that enabled the Jags to pull to within nine points, 65-56, with 6:03 left to play, but that was as close as it would get.
The Jag scoring spree was highlighted by a 10-2 JC mini run.
BPCC's Gustavs Puhovs totaled a game-high 18 points. Puhov went 4-6 from three point range.
Will Thomas and Lyndale James added 15 apiece for the winners.
Chris Campbell wound up with a team-best 17 for JC, with Anthony Sharp firing in 10.
JC committed 19 miscues to BPCC's 18, but 13 of the Jag gaffes came in the first half and contributed to the Cavs' early success.
The win was, no doubt, an important one for BPCC.
“As long as we have been coming over here (to Jacksonville), I don't think we (Bossier) have ever beaten Jacksonville over here,” French said.
Bossier Parish (La.) CC 87, Jacksonville College 66
Bossier 41 46 — 87
Jacksonville 28 38 — 66
BPCC (3-13, 2-5) — Will Thomas, 15; Jalen Johnson, 9; Gustavs Puhovs, 18; Travion Johnson, 13; Lyndale James, 15; Davon Moss, 10; Ty'Rell Winn, 4; Londale James, 3.
JC (6-10, 1-6) — Anthony Sharp, 10; Jake Eynon, 9; Rashard Todd, 8; Chris Campbell, 17; Tevin Jackson, 2; Malachi Christopher, 3; Derrick Modest, 6; Raheem Watts, 2; Deng Leek, 1; Johnathan Campbell, 8.
Free Throws: B- 20-28 (71.4%). J- 10-17 (58.8%).
Three Point Shots: B- 7-17 (41.2%) Puhov, 4. J- 6-28 (21.4%) Eynon, 3.
Rebounds: B- 34 (Winn, 11). J- 36 (Hamilton, 7).
Technical Fouls: B- Moss. J- Modest; Sharp, 2 (ejection).
Next Game: Coastal Bend at Jacksonville, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.