RUSTON — Closing out preseason camp, Bastrop split two games in the Ruston Jamboree with a loss to Ruston and a win over Union Parish.
Both games consisted of a 10-minute half.
Thursday's outings marked the end of the preseason for Bastrop. Along with the jamboree games, the Rams scrimmaged Carroll and Sterlington and played West Monroe in the Hall of Fame Game.
"Every game we have been getting better," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. "I thought we got better between the Carroll and Sterlington scrimmages and I thought we did some good things against West Monroe. We had a chance to see several different types of teams, two of which were 5A (West Monroe and Ruston)."
With 10 football players yet to report, the Rame were able to get a look at some younger guys.
"I've seen a lot of improvement with this group," Odom said. "All you can ask for is that they continue to get better. We do have a lot of things we need to get fixed, but I am proud of the effort."
Bastrop tips of the regular season Tuesday with a home double header against Lincoln Prep. Starting times are 6 p.m. for the girls with the boys tilt to follow at approximately 7:30.
Ruston 20, Bastrop 12
Ruston jumped out to an early 9-1 lead en route to winning the early game.
"We got off to a slow start," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. "We missed some layups early, and they made three 3-pointers in that short amount of time. When you get down 9-1 early, it's going to be difficult."
Bastrop was able to climb within five, 17-12, with 1:22 to play before the Bearcats hit a 3-ball at the buzzer.
"It was a physical game, which is what you are going to get from a 5A team," Odom said. "I thought we played well defensively. We're still struggling scoring the basketball, but that's to be expected given the number of players we lost."
Jamone Brown paced the balanced Bearcats with six points, Nickeze Goree added five, Marquell Jones three, and Josh Dean, Roland Melton and Audry Lacy two each.
Lavonta Sylvester topped the Rams' scoring with five, Jordan Rabun had three, Marquez Crowder two and Semaj Tennant and Kyron Williams one apiece.
Bastrop made 5-of-8 free throws while the Bearcats were 3-for-4.
Bastrop 22, Union 1
Tony Hawkins scored eight points as the Rams had their way with the Farmers. Both teams will have a different look once their football players report.
"They're in the same shape we're in," Odom said.
Hawkins was joined in the Rams' scoring by Lavonta Sylvester (5), Jordan Rabun (4) and Semaj Tennant (4).
"Defensively, we played well," Odom said. "Lavonta had a good game down low and we limited them to one shot."