Ruston boys finish 2-0 at Saline tournament

Photo Credit: Reggie McLeroy

By Kyle Roberts

Ruston head basketball coach Ryan Bond was pleased with the overall Bearcat effort this weekend at the Saline Tournament, as his team beat the Winnfield Tigers by a final score of 71-52 on Saturday, while taking care of Lakeview 38-31 on Friday.

Said Bond of the Winnfield win, “We had a great team effort against a quality opponent. I’m so proud of my guys for the improvements mentally we made this week. Mistakes are part of the game, but they have a next-play mentality.”

Jay Lillard led the Bearcats with 25 points, while Aidan Anding finished with 17 points. Lonnie Dimmer totaled 10 points on the night.

The previous day, Ruston beat Lakeview by a final score of 38-31, and senior Braylon McNeal led the Bearcats with 15 points. All of Ruston’s fourth quarter points came from free throws.

“I’m really proud of our effort,” Bearcat head coach Ryan Bond said about Friday’s win. “This was our third game in four nights. We battled through several bad stretches.”

Ruston will return to action Tuesday, Nov. 29, at home against Bossier.

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