Basketball: Newman opens with impressive win, Bonnabel takes overtime victory

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Area Prep Basketball Report for Friday, Nov. 20

Randy Livingston knows basketball.

The former Newman All-American who played at LSU and in the NBA is back at his alma mater and building a championships level program that others are taking notice of, despite graduating star player Javon Ruffin, who is now at a prep school in Phoenix.

The Greenies opened their season Thursday night with a convincing 72-29 win at Bogalusa.

Talented sophomore Chris Lockett netted 31 points while Rodney Lavigne had 17 points. Todd Jones Jr. had 12 points and nine rebounds and freshman Chris Leman scored three points but had 14 rebounds.

“I thought we tried to do what we practiced since we’ve been together,” Livingston said. “I have a very inexperienced, young team but talented, probably more talented than last year. We have some young, tall players who have a chance to develop. We did a really good job on the glass. They did a marvelous job. We are expecting four players from football, three of whom are starters.”

The four players on Newman’s current unbeaten football team who will join Livingston’s squad upon completion of their season are Will Randle, Arch Manning, Kai Donaldson and A.J. Johnson.

“We’ve got a bright future. I’m excited about this team,” Livingston said. “Chris will lead the way many nights. It was good to see him get into game shape and returning to the form that he ended last season on. I tell the kids to feel blessed every day when we wake up and can play. It can end at any time. You never more what tomorrow brings. The kids have worked hard. WE are really excited.”

Both teams return to action Monday with Newman hosting Belle Chasse while Bogalusa (0-2) will play at Lakeshore.

Make it two straight to start the season for Bonnabel.

The Bruins survived on the road in overtime, fighting past St. Amant 71-66.

Louisiana Tech signee Will Allen was tremendous, scoring 33 points, pulling down 17 rebounds and blocking three shots. Theo Johnson had 16 points, five rebounds and three steals and Jaquee Jefferson finished with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals.

Bonnabel (2-0) will next host Jesuit at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Area Boys Prep Basketball Results from Thursday, Nov. 19

Ben Franklin 45, Douglass 39

Bonnabel 71, St. Amant 66 (OT)

Helen Cox 65, West Jefferson 60

East Jefferson 62, Warren Easton 37

French Settlement 64, Catholic (PC) 51

Hahnville 75, McMain 66

Karr 59, John Ehret 31

Lusher Charter 50, Abramson Sci Academy 38

Morris Jeff Community 123, New Orleans Science & Math 27

Mount Hermon 79, St. Thomas Aquinas 48

Newman 73, Bogalusa 29

Salmen 69, Northshore 58

St. Paul’s 88, Parkview Baptist 64

Girls

Albany 60, Slidell 50

Archbishop Chapelle 42, Academy of Our Lady 35

Belle Chasse 48, Carver 35

Chalmette 42, Cabrini 18

Doyle 53, Reeves 38

J.F. Kennedy 61, Bonnabel 48

South Plaquemines 61, John Ehret 37

St. Thomas Aquinas 74, Mount Hermon 33

Ursuline Academy 58, Ellender 47

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