The Bobcats, who entered the fourth quarter tied 32-32 with the Bulldogs, were outscored 7-0 in the opening 5:54 of the final quarter as Cecilia built a 39-32 advantage. While the Cats struggled, the Bulldogs’ Rodney Roberts managed to make his only two field goals of the game and Jalen Frederick nailed a three-point shot to provide the Bulldogs with their seven points.
The Bobcats’ Jawaski Thomas broke the scoreless string with a field goal at the 2:46 mark, then cut the lead to 39-36 with another field goal at the 2:08 mark.
The Bobcats had two chances to tie the game in the final 1:36, but missed two three-point tries. With 23.6 seconds left in the game, the Cats were forced to foul Frederick. He converted both ends of a one-and-one to push the lead to 41-36.
Eunice’s Ben Allison hit a three-point shot with 11.5 seconds left to cut the lead to 41-39, but Frederick broke free for a goal on a long inbound pass in the final seconds to seal the victory for the Bulldogs (7-4).
The Bobcats took a 16-8 lead after the first quarter as Trenon Trosclair hit three 3-point goals in the early going. The Bulldogs closed the gap to 24-21 with a 13-8 advantage in the second quarter, then tied the game with an 11-8 advantage in the third quarter.
Jeremy Wiltz led the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 points. Frederick had 13 points.
Trosclair and Thomas shared scoring honors for the Bobcats with nine points apiece.
Allison added eight points and Derek Denton finished with five points for the Cats.
The Bobcats will host DeRidder today with freshman, junior varsity, and varsity contests.
Tip off is set for 5 p.m.