Parish heavyweights schedule non-district ballgame

(Photo credit: Reggie McLeroy)

By Kyle Roberts

With both teams setting their eyes on respective postseason runs, Ruston and Choudrant decided to play a non-district matchup in February to prepare for formidable play-off foes.

Scheduled at Ruston High’s gym for Thursday, February 16, it will be varsity boys only in a hoops matchup that will be sure to shake Lincoln Parish.

“We know adding a game with Ruston is going to be a real challenge,” Aggie head coach Ryan Smith said. “I feel that you can make a case for Ruston being one of the best teams in the state regardless of class. Coach (Ryan) Bond has done a tremendous job of elevating that program in just a few years. We wanted to play a game that will prepare us for a deep playoff run and going to play at Ruston is going to do that. We won’t see that level of athleticism and talent in the Division-5 playoffs, so we feel it’s a great opportunity to improve even at the end of the season.”

Bond echoed Smith’s sentiment about the potential for a good matchup.

“Coach Smith and I have been good friends for 15 years,” Bond said. “We thought it would be beneficial for both programs. It is a opportunity for us to play a really good, well-coached and disciplined team.”

Ruston currently sits No. 2 overall in the Division-1 Power Ratings at 20-2, while Choudrant is No. 8 overall in the Division-5 Power Ratings.

“I’m thankful for Coach Bond giving us the opportunity to play,” Smith said. “I hope it benefits both programs heading into the playoffs. Regardless of the outcome of the game, I know we will both be cheering for each other afterward.”

The game is set for 6 p.m. and admission will be $8.

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