Jacks fall to Loranger

Published 11:16 am Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bogalusa suffered a 69-57 loss to Loranger in a District 8-3A home game held Friday night.

The first half was close.

Loranger began to widen the lead with 1:17 remaining and went up, 28-19.

Bogalusa got back in it with a 5-0 run.

Laster Hills, who scored 15 points, was good for three at the 44-second mark, and then Tremarcus Levi pulled down an offensive rebound and converted the putback with seconds remaining.

Loranger’s Deontray Robinson, who posted 20, split free throws with 1.4 seconds to go. The Wildcats had a 29-24 lead by halftime.

The Wildcats began to pull away in the third quarter, as Bogalusa’s offense struggled.

The Lumberjacks were only able to score 10 points in the third.

Bogalusa cut the lead to 31-26 at the 6:32 mark when DeSean Crumedy was good for two.

But Loranger used an 8-2 run to take a 39-28 lead.

After Crumedy’s field goal, the Wildcats answered right back with Jason Hall making a shot, and Loranger was ahead 33-26.

Bogalusa’s Kenneth Robertson, who had 14, hit a layup with 5:41 left. But LHS’ Hall, who had 18, responded once again with two more to make it 35-28.

Jamie Carr, who posted 14, and Hall added the Wildcats’ next four points and Loranger led, 39-28 with 3:22 to go.

Bogalusa’s Levi hit a shot, got fouled and missed the free throw, but had trimmed the lead to 39-30 just 22 seconds later.

The Wildcats upped the advantage to 43-30 and took a 45-34 lead to the final period.

Bogalusa got down by as much as, 57-40, in the fourth quarter but then scored four straight on Levi field goals to get it back to 57-44.

The Lumberjacks were only able to get the lead under double figures just once down the stretch, at 60-51.

Loranger went on for the 69-57 victory.

Bogalusa coach Stradford Goins said free throw shooting, not capitalizing on offensive and defensive rebounds hurt the Lumberjacks in this game.

“We’re going down and getting one shot per possession. That kind of killed us especially when you have Loranger getting about four attempts every possession. We didn’t have anyone shooting over 50 percent today, which really kind of hurt us. Just a lack of rebounds and lack of opportunities kind of hurt us tonight,” Goins said.