No. 2 Ruston hosts No. 15 ESJ for second round of boys’ playoffs

(Photo Credit: Reggie McLeroy)

By Kyle Roberts

Expect an electric environment tonight at Ruston High School’s Main Gym as the No. 2 Bearcats look to start their postseason run by hosting No. 15 East St. John for a 6:30 p.m. tip off.

After a stellar regular season campaign ending with a 27-3 overall record and earning a first-round bye, head coach Ryan Bond shared both sides of not having to play an opening round game.

“We are ready to play,” Bond said. “The bye has its positives and negatives. We had an opportunity to work on some deficiencies, but on the other hand we were in a great rhythm. But I have no doubt that our guys will be ready to play.”

Ruston’s last game was a win over Evangel 62-37 in the Red River Classic on Saturday, Feb. 18, which means the Bearcats have been off for 10 days.

East St. John won its opening round game at home against No. 18 Terrebonne by a final score of 47-37.

“ESJ is a very good team,” Bond said. “They are well coached. They like to get the ball inside and have a couple of guys around 6’5″ that post up well. They are the No. 15 seed, but lost some games before Christmas because they had two starters out with injuries.”

Tickets will be $10 for general admission and will be presold in the RHS Ticket Office from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. this morning.

Students with ID’s can purchase tickets for $5 at the door. As a special promotion, the Lincoln Parish Journal is offsetting the cost by sponsoring $1 CatBox tickets, which will be available for RHS students only to purchase today at lunch. Students will need to provide current ID to enter the game with the promotional ticket.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

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