The Orange Leader
The two teams that took the longest trips to get here were the teams that had the most success in the first day of action at the Bayou Classic Basketball Tournament hosted by Bridge City and Orangefield High School.
The Flower Mound Rebels took down Anahuac 67-42 and fended off the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears 62-49 in one half of the bracket at Orangefield while the Corsicana Tigers defeated Vidor 67-43 and Bridge City 62-35 in the other half of the bracket at Bridge City.
The Rebels jumped out to a 39-20 edge at the half against the Bears as they connected on eight three-point shots in the first 16 minutes.
The Bears made a nice run at the Rebels, getting as close as nine points before Flower Mound was able to get by with the victory.
Andrew Despit led the Bears with 16 points. Trumaine Elmore had eight points while post Blake Fuss contributed seven points and six rebounds.
Caleb Smith led the Rebels with 15 points. Post Devonte Patterson chimed in with 13 points and seven rebounds. Guard Ethan Chapman had 12 points, nailing four three-pointers. Keenan Holman had nine points for the Rebels with Nic Thomas adding eight.
The Rebels finished with a 23-19 rebounding edge. LC-M had 15 turnovers while the Rebels had 13. LC-M was 11-of-20 from the free-throw line while the Rebels went 9-of-13.
LC-M throttled Orangefield 50-33 earlier in the day.
The Bears jumped out to a 13-3 lead and led 28-11 at intermission as the Bobcats were cold from the field throughout the contest.
Fuss led the Bears with 16 points. Elmore collected nine points and seven rebounds while James Armstrong had seven points and 11 boards.
Matthew Kress led the Bobcats with 13 points and six rebounds while Caleb Kress tallied six points.
LC-M finished with a 33-27 rebounding edge. The Bobcats had 14 turnovers while the Bears coughed it up 13 times. LC-M went 10-of-17 from the free-throw line while the Bobcats were 5-of-8.
The Bobcats fell to Port Neches-Groves 52-48 earlier in the morning.
Matthew Kress led the Bobcats with 11 points while Carl Wiley and Dane Risinger added 10 points apiece.
Jacob Underhill led the Indians with 13 points while John Dubois had 10.
Bridge City spanked Sabine Pass as the Cardinals rolled to a 87-45 victory.
In other action at the tourney, Vidor downed Lumberton 56-43 and PN-G burned Anahuac 67-43.
Tuesday’s schedule at BC High School has Corsicana vs. Lumberton (9 a.m.); Bridge City vs. Vidor (10:30 a.m.); Sabine Pass vs. Corsicana (noon); Bridge City vs. Lumberton (1:30 p.m.); and Sabine Pass vs. Vidor (3 p.m.).
Games at OF High School will include LC-M vs. PN-G (9 a.m.); Flower Mound vs. Orangefield (10:30 a.m.); Anahuac vs. LC-M (noon); PN-G vs. Flower Mound (1:30 p.m.); and Orangefield vs. Anahuac (4:30 p.m.).