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Bossier City sports group still thinks Ravens are alive

November 22, 2018

For the first time ever, the Region 14 junior college postseason basketball tournament will not be held at a site in east Texas.

Not Jacksonville, not Tyler, not Lufkin. However, come early March, it will be held in Bossier City, La. at Centenary College’s Gold Dome.

And boy, is the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission excited about being the hosts. They’re so excited, that they’ve begun a “countdown clock” on their website, clicking off the seconds and minutes before tipoff in just over 100 days.

But someone needs to inform the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission that one of the potential teams has gone bye-bye.

It lists the now-defunct San Jacinto College men’s basketball program as one of the teams that could be competing in the Gold Dome in just over 100 days.

Geez, as if Raven fans needed any additional salt poured into the wound, the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission unknowingly has piled on some more.

Get ready for some more pain and suffering San Jac basketball fans because the 2018-2019 conference race is commencing to start.

Next Wednesday night, the race for that trip to Bossier City and the Gold Dome begins.

The shrinking Region 14 campaign, once a 21-game campaign eight years ago, now stands at 17. Lon Morris Junior College’s program got axed and now San Jac’s.

The conference didn’t do anything drastic to the format of the league. For the North Zone’s seven teams like Paris Junior College, Kilgore and Panola, it just means either one trip to the Houston area or no trips this season.

When San Jac was in the mix, sometimes those North Zone clubs would make two trips to the Houston area, sometimes within a two-week period.

For the South Zone teams, now reduced to six schools, they’ll play each other twice, meaning one guaranteed game to the Houston area.

Lee College in Baytown is now the only Houston-area Region 14 program remaining on the docket.

Next Wednesday, the Rebels travel to Navarro College to start conference play, before hosting Tyler Junior College Dec. 1. Tipoff is 6 p.m.

San Jac may no longer be in existence, but the short drive over the Fred Hartman Bridge keeps Juco basketball within easy driving distance of a contest.

Tuesday night, the Rebels hosted an opponent that drove all the way from Kansas to get a taste of Texas Juco competition.

Dodge City Community College traveled to the Pasadena-Baytown area for one of two games in Texas before returning to Kansas.

In a thrilling contest, Lee College defeated the Conquistadors 115-106 in overtime.

Deadlocked 102-102 after four periods, Sebit Reath, a 6-10 sophomore, scored nine of Lee’s 13 points in the OT.

Dodge City failed to score a single bucket in the overtime period, while Reath supplied four, including two 3-point goals.

Reath also had two big defensive rebounds over the final 1:19 of regulation, preventing the Conquistadors from building on a 102-101 advantage with just 53 seconds remaining.

Lee enjoyed an 85-78 lead, but six points from Trey Hill III in about a minute’s time, reduced Lee’s lead to three. The Kansas school also connected for 12 straight free throws down the stretch.

For any junior college fan, who is missing the Ravens, it was good stuff to see during Thanksgiving week, thankful there’s still a nearby campus offering college hoops.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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