Bossier edges Wossman for Class 3A boys title behind Tim King’s heroics

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Tim King scored 24 points including a thre-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to fuel Bossier to a 62-61 LHSAA Class 3A championship win over Wossman on Saturday inside Burton Coliseum.

Bossier won its first state title in basketball in three years after falling short two years in a row beund the guard play of King and Cody Deen, who scored 21 points. Lethal accuracy at the free throw line (24-of-30) was crucial for the Bearkats in a game that featured 10 ties and an astonishing 23 lead changes.

“I’m really overcome with emotion,” Bossier coach Nick Bohanan said. “We played (Wossman) twice early in the year. Our team looked a little different. Wossman has a legendary program over there. Coach (Casey) Jones has won multiple state championships. I said it would come down to the final possession. It seems like everytime we play (Wossman), it does.”

Wossman trailed much of the game yet took its final lead on a Devonte Austin driving layup with 30 seconds remaining and a 61-59 advantage before the dagger from King.

The teams were tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter and Bosiser got Wossman in some foul trouble in the second quarter that not only changed the gameplan of high defensive pressure the wildcats usually employ.

“There is no doubt (Wossman fouls) played a part,” said Wossman coach Casey Jones, now 0-4 in state finals with the Wildcats. “We had so many guys on the bench in foul trouble. Our style, everybody knows, is aggressive, get up in you. We couldn’t really do that as they were shooting bonus kind of early on.”

Bossier led 27-24 at halftime.

Wossman won the rebounding battle, 44-35, and it was a concern for the Bearkats coming into the game, especially with so many injuries thinning the Bossier roster during the season. Bossier found a way to get it done in the face of adversity once again.

Bohanan won his first title as a head coach and his third on staff at Bossier High School.

“Wossman is tough to control on the glass,” Bohanan said. “That is a staple of their offense. They dont care if they miss the first shot. Tranistion and second chance is their best offense. It may not look like it, but our focus was keeping them off the glass.”

LHSAA Prep Basketball Championship Results from Saturday, Mar. 14

Non-Select at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles

4A–#1 Peabody 57, #2 Breaux Bridge 48

3A–#1 Bossier 62, #2 Wossman 61

1A–#1 North Central 81, #3 Lincoln Prep 65

Class B–#2 Doyline 85, #1 Simsboro 83 (OT)

Select Championships

Division I—# 1 Scotlandville 66, #2 St. Augustine 39

Division IV—#1 Crescent City Christian 60, #6 Calvary Baptist 49

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