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