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The Franklin Parish Patriots (26-7) finished the regular season in second-place in district 3-4A as the Class 4A playoffs are set to begin on Friday night in New Orleans against McDonough #35.
The Patriots shocked district champion Wossman 55-54 on Friday night to force a Saturday afternoon tie-breaker with the Neville Tigers. Neville downed the Patriots 68-53 behind 21 points by Dee Garrison.
The game was held at Richwood High School in Monroe. Neville pounced on the Patriots early with a 20-8 run. Franklin Parish would not go away without a fight and cut the deficit to just seven points before the break.
The Patriots again played a solid third quarter, but lost momentum in the fourth quarter as fatigue and a physical rebounding style by Neville took its toll on a Patriot team playing its second consecutive night of district basketball.
Brandon Sims was a true bright spot for the Patriots. Sims scored a game-high 31 of the 53 points scored by FPHS.
Sims has been on fire in district play and continues to be the top scorer this season for the Patriots.
Not getting enough defensive stops again haunted the Patriots against Neville. A loss to Neville just two weeks ago was also caused by poor defensive play by FPHS.
Roosevelt Walker spent the first part of the season as the top scorer for the Patriots this season but was locked down tight by the Neville defense on Saturday.
The loss to Neville was just enough to push McDonough ahead of the Patriots and send Franklin Parish on a five-hour bus ride to the Crescent City for the 6:30 p.m. tipoff Friday night.
In the photo: Brandon Sims (10) and Steadman Sims of the Franklin Parish Patriots help their team edge out Wossman, 55-54, in district play Friday night. The Patriots are set to face McDonough in New Orleans this coming Friday. Check out the photo gallery for more photos from the game.