Jay Wilson and LeMicah Harris combined for seven 3-pointers and scored 21 points apiece as Bastrop wrapped up the season with a 71-56 Senior Night triumph over visiting West Ouachita on Monday evening.
Despite closing out the season with back-to-back victories, the Rams (12-18, 4-4), who entered Monday's play at No. 41 in the power rankings, have been out of playoff contention for several games.
“The way the power rankings system is set up, we have little chance of making the playoffs without winning district or getting second place,” Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. “We don't have very many good basketball schools in the north. In our district, we have Wossman at No. 30 and Neville at No. 18, and they're tied for first place. You have to go all the way to No. 11 (Shreveport Huntington) to find a team from north Louisiana. Minden's 23-5 and they're only No. 22. Breaux Bridge is 9-16 — a record similar to ours — and they're No. 32. There are just so many more basketball schools in the south and central parts of the state. I'm going to have to find a way to make out a tougher schedule next year.”
Losing only two seniors — Wilson and Demarkiyo Devoil — from a team that showed promise at the end of the season, Odom is looking forward to fielding a more seasoned squad next year.
“I thought we started playing well toward the end of the season,” Odom said. “A lot of young kids got a chance to step up and play.”
One of the promising youth, in particular, was 6-5 freshman center Alontae Alford, who collected 12 points and eight rebounds Monday night.
“Alontae played well, along with Josh Doaty, LeMicah Harris and Lester Lee,” Odom said. “I think Travon Burks is going to be a big key, too. Alshun Benton, a freshman, is going to help us. We have quite a few young kids that I'm not naming who can have an impact on the program.
“The future's bright with hard work — you can't leave that part out. If they will continue to work over the summer and develop their skills, we can continue to make progress. The last five or six games, we really saw some improvement, so we have something to build on over the summer.”
Bastrop trailed only once, 2-1, against West Ouachita.
Harris' first bucket of the evening and Wilson's first trifecta put the Rams ahead for good, 6-2.
Wilson finished the first quarter with seven points and Alford had six as the Rams' lead swelled to 18-5 at the end of the quarter.
West Ouachita chopped the spread down to 20-16 on Cray Jones' running hook shot midway through the second quarter.
Page 2 of 2 - Wilson's 16-footer off the pump fake and Lee's triple off the glass bumped the Rams' advantage up to 25-16. Jones' fired in a 3-pointer, but the Rams answered with a 5-0 spurt to close out the half. Wilson scored on a breakaway and Harris played string music on a long 3 from the right wing at the buzzer, giving the Rams a 30-19 halftime bulge.
West Ouachita was never within single digits in the second half.
Harris hit nine points in the third quarter as the Rams opened up their biggest lead of the game, 53-31.
Jones' 3-ball from the left corner drew the Chiefs within 58-45 with 4:43 remaining, but it was as close as they would get.
Joining Wilson, Harris and Alford in the Rams' quartet of double figures scorers, Lee accounted for 10 points and eight assists. Devoil contributed three points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Wilson furnished six steals.
For the Chiefs (13-14, 1-7), Jones led all scorers with 25 points on five 3-pointers. Jones dropped in nine points in the final quarter on six-of-six free throw shooting. Dustin McQuillin added 13 points.
Bastrop 66, Franklin Parish 53
Jay Wilson exploded for 29 points — 19 in the second half — and seven 3-pointers as Bastrop won at Franklin Parish on Friday night.
Leading 25-19 at the break, the Rams outscored the Patriots 25-12 in the third quarter. Wilson gunned in 12 points and LeMicah Harris 10 in the pivotal period as the Rams' margin grew to 50-31.
Joining Wilson in the Bastrop scoring were Harris with 18 points, Alontae Alford with 13 points and nine rebounds, Demarkiyo Devoil with two points and 10 boards, and Al Dowles and Isaiah Graham with two points each. Lester Lee handed out nine assists for the Rams.
Led by Reginald Carter's eight points, the Patriots received scoring contributions from a dozen players.