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Jacks drop close road contest

PEARL RIVER — Bogalusa’s Lumberjacks were defeated by Pearl River, 63-59, in a road game held Monday.

Bogalusa trailed 61-59 late in the game, after being down 57-48 with 4:02 left in the fourth quarter..

The Lumberjacks had a couple of chances to tie or take the lead late, but the attempts were unsuccessful in the four-point loss.

“The kids were faced with a little bit of adversity today and it was something they had to try to overcome,” Bogalusa coach Randall Ginn said. “We were missing one starter tonight and I think they were sitting around pouting and didn’t play well early. Luckily for me, I’ve got a great staff and coach (Carlos) Howard said a few things in the locker room that got the kids focused and they came out and played hard in the second half.

“Then we started slipping a little bit, fouling too much, not staying between the man and the goal and I think free throws probably won them the game. I look at it just like most of our losses have come this year have come from the other team’s free-throw line. We have trouble staying between the man and the goal and then the basket defender has to rotate over and foul.”

Bogalusa got off to a good start in the second half.

The Lumberjacks, who were down by as many as 10 in the first half, trailed 32-26 at the break, but took the lead early in the third quarter with an 8-0 run over the first 1:37.

It began with Karry Conerly hitting a jumper on the first possession. Chance Turner grabbed an offensive rebound and made the putback, trimming the deficit to 32-30 at the 7:25 mark. Sincere Kraft tied the game at 32-32 with a field goal. Bogalusa took a 34-32 lead when Turner drove to the bucket for a layup.

Pearl River called timeout and retied the contest at 34-34 on Jody Dimaggio’s layup.

Bogalusa trailed 42-41 with 2:15 left in the third, but Pearl River closed the period on a 9-2 run.

Dimaggio converted a three-point play with 1:59 on the clock. Scott Todd was good on a shot after an offensive rebound to make it 47-41. Kraft made a shot after an offensive rebound for Bogalusa with 1:07 left, but Caleb Dreux made two free throws and Maurice Gillum hit a putback shot over the final 45.6 seconds. Bogalusa trailed 51-43 after three quarters.

Pearl River went up 11 at the start of the fourth quarter when Dreux hit a 3-pointer.

Bogalusa made a run late, trimming the lead to a single point at 60-59 with 55 seconds to go, but were unable to complete the comeback on the way to the four-point loss.

Turner led Bogalusa with 18 points. He made a 3-pointer.

Josh Taylor and Kraft posted nine each, while Conerly had eight, Jarvis Dawson tallied seven, Daylon Jackson put up four and Tony Harris and Raheem Roberts had two each. Taylor and Kraft made a 3-pointer each.

Dreux led Pearl River with 27 points. He made a 3-pointer.

Todd recorded 15 that included a 3-pointer.

Dimaggio had 10.

Isaiah Rushing and Gillum tallied four each and Austin Wadsworth had three. Wadsworth made a 3-pointer.