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Balanced attack produces a 70-63 PJC victory over Bossier Parish

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Xavier Dupree launches a 3-pointer late in the first half of Wednesday’s 70-63 road victory over Bossier. Also shown are Jovan Austin (4), Trevon Seymore (10) and Ronnie White (25). (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

BOSSIER CITY, La. — Jovan Austin scored 12 points to lead five players in double figures as the Dragons of Paris Junior College defeated Bossier Parish Community College 70-63 Wednesday night.

It was the Dragons’ fifth straight game since coming out of the Christmas break, improving their record to 13-4 overall and 6-1 in Region XIV play. Bossier fell to 3-14 for the season and 2-6 in league play.

Between them, Paris’ two 6-9 centers — Ronnie White and Nouhoum Bocoum — had 21 points and 25 rebounds. White had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Bocouom had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Also getting 10 points were Delvin Dickerson and Trevon Seymore.

Gustavs Puhovs led Bossier with 19 points, backed by 12 points from Lyndale James.

The Dragons scored the first nine points of the game, but something told Coach Chuck Taylor this game wouldn’t be easy.

“For whatever reason, Bossier plays us, plays us, plays us. It turned into a war, but we escaped,” he said.

The Cavaliers answered with a 17-5 run to take a 17-14 lead midway through the first half. But that lasted only 22 seconds, until Qua Doster’s 3-pointer knotted the score.

Doster scored again from outside, and Bocoum laid in a basket in close, and then Seymore threw up an alley oop that Xavier Dupree slammed home for a 27-19 lead with 5:41 left in the half.

“Qua gave us some good minutes tonight, Dupree gave us some good minutes. Jovan, Delvin, Big Nom (Nocoum) and Ronnie, they all played well,” Taylor said.

“Trevon did a great job again. I’ve said it before, but he just knows how to play — 10 points, three rebounds, four assists, no turnovers. He’s our glue. We aren’t what we are without him,” Taylor said.

Dickerson made two baskets, including a slam dunk on a fast break, Austin knocked down a 3-pointer, and White made a shot from close in, and PJC led 37-25 going into the final minute of the first half. But Bossier scored the last four points before halftime.

Seymore opened the second half with two baskets, including a 3-pointer, Bocoum made two shots inside, and Austin’s goal at 15:29 opened up a 12-point advantage at 48-36. , and it was 54-42 at 12:35 after Dickerson made two free throws, followed by a slam dunk on a fast break off of White’s thundering blocked shot.

But Bossier just would not quit. They went on an 8-0 run over the next 1:52 when Paris committed three straight turnovers. Puhovs and Londale James had back-to-back 3-pointers and Lyndale James scored to cute Paris’ lead to 54-50 with 10:43 still to play..

Paris opened up a 60-51 lead with five minutes to play, but guess what? Six straight points from Bossier in a hurry made it 60-57 with 4:12 to play.

“We kept getting some separation, but it wasn’t muc, and then we went back to doing undisciplined things, and it turned into a run for them. That’s just something we’ve got to get better with,” Taylor said.

From there, it didn’t get comfortable until Doster’s three-point play with 1:26 remaining gave Paris a three-possession lead at 67-60. Making three of four free throws the rest of the way was enough to nail down a 70-63 win.

“We made our free throws down the stretch and got the rebounds that we needed, but my hat’s off to Bossier. They kept coming at us. Now, we’ll turn our thoughts to Navarro, a very good team that’s coming to our place Saturday.:”

PARIS (13-4, 6-1) — Jovan Austin 5-9 0-0 12, Delvin Dickerson 3-7 4-4 10, Trevon Seymore 4-9 1-2 10, Brandon Scott 0-0 0-0 0, Keith Shivers 1-3 0-0 2, Xavier Dupree 2-5 3-4 7, Joe Haynes 0-4 1-2  1, Qua Doster 4-8 2-2 11, Ronnie White 2-4 3-5 7, Henoc Bienne 2-4 3-5 7, Nouhoum Bocoum 5-10 0-2 10. Totals: 26-60 14-21 70.

BOSSIER (3-14, 2-6) — Wilbert Thomas 1-14 3-4 6, Jalen Johnson 1-4 0-1 2, Gustavs Puhovs 7-13 2-2 19, Trayvion Johnson 2-9 2-2 8, Lyndale James 4-10 3-6 12, Daven Moss 1-4 3-3 5, Ty’rell Winn 2-4 0-0 4, Londale James 2-3 2-3 7. Totals: 20-61 15-21 63.

Halftime: Paris 37, Bossier 29. Three-Pointers: Paris, 4-18 (Austin 2-4, Dickerson 0-3, Seymore 1-3, Shivers 0-1, Duptree 0-1, Haynes 0-3, Doster 1-1, White 0-1, Bienne 0-1); Bossier, 8-21 (Thomas 1-4, W. Johnson 0-2, Puhovs 3-6, T. Johnson 2-6, Lyndale James 1-1, Daven Moss 0-1, Londale James 1-1). Rebounds: Paris, 46 (White 13, Bocoum 12); Bossier, 38 (Lyndale James, 10). Fouls: Paris, 20; Bossier, 17. Fouled Out: None. Assists: Paris, 11 (Austin 4, Seymore 4); Bossier 10 (Thomas 7). Turnovers: Paris 15 (Austin 4, Dickerson 3, Bocoum 3); Bossier, 14 (W. Johnson 3, Puhovs 3, T. Johnson 3, Winn 3). Blocked Shots: Paris, 2 (White 1, Bohoum 1); Bossier, 0. Steals: Paris, 6 (Austin 2, Dickerson 2); Bossier, 6 (Winn 2).

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