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Local Teams Roll on in Basketball Playoffs

Mandeville Skippers, the No. 15 seed, survived an overtime scare, downing No. 18 Jesuit 61-46 Friday night in the Class 5A opening round of the playoffs to the delight of the home crowd. Trailing 39-36 with only seconds remaining, the Skippers’ Torico Jones drained a clutch 3-pointer to force overtime. Mandeville (23-9) found the range in the overtime period and dispatched the Blue Jays. Jones finished with 22 points, while senior point guard Hunter Dugas chipped in with 17. Mandeville travels to No. 2 Helen Cox in the regional round.
Elsewhere, St. Paul’s Wolves, the No. 16 seed, held off No. 17 McKinley Friday night 71-65 in the opening round game played at Covington High. St. Paul’s (23-9) advances to the regional round to take on No. 1 seed Natchitoches Central tomorrow night. St. Paul’s T. J. Bedford and Harrison Prieto delivered double-doubles scoring 21 points each. Prieto hauled in 14 rebounds, while Bedford added 11 caroms.
In Class 2A, Archbishop Hannan’s Hawks, the No. 9 seed, rolled past No. 24 Vinton, 65-51 Friday night in the opening round at home. Hannan’s Daniel Hollander dropped in 25 points including two 3-pointers. Noah Griffin and Patrick Donnelly also scored in double figures with Griffin netting 15, while Donnelly added 10.
Hannan (23-6) will travel to No. 8 Runnels tomorrow for a 7 o’clock encounter in the regional round.
In Class C basketball playoff action, No. 28 seed First Baptist Christian School’s Eagles bowed out of the playoffs, falling to No. 5 Johnson Bayou 78-34.

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