The Orange Leader
Both the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears and West Orange-Stark Mustangs picked up a pair of wins at the Bayou Classic Tournament Thursday hosted by Bridge City and Orangefield high schools.
The Bears defeated Orangefield 40-24 in their first game of the day and then defeated the Australian Varsity Team 50-39.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs escaped past Vidor 59-54 and drilled New Caney Porter 69-29.
WO-S will face Galveston Ball in one semifinal Friday at Bridge City High School while LC-M will tangle with District 20-4A rival Port Neches-Groves in the other semifinal at noon at Orangefield High School.
The winners of those two matchups will play in the championship game at 4:30 p.m. at Bridge City High School.
Laquarious Paige led the Mustangs against Vidor, scoring 17 points. Brandon Joubert chimed in with 13 points while Chase Rutledge added 10. Grant Allen fired in 24 points to pace the Pirates.
The Mustangs dominated New Caney Porter by forcing 35 turnovers as they jumped out to a 30-15 edge at halftime and never looked back.
Paige led the way with 16 points and added seven rebounds. Joubert filtered in 15 points. Post Tyrant Thompson had a double-double, scoring 10 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds while Cory Carcisse added seven points and six boards. Andrew Burrows led Porter with eight points.
The Bears outscored Orangefield 25-9 in the first half to cruise to the victory.
Jace Robertson led the Bears with 13 points. Caleb Harley had nine points and Blake Fuss contributed eight.
Levi Shores paced the Bobcat attack with 10 points.
Against the Australian Varsity, Taylor Peveto led the LC-M attack with 17 points. Trumaine Elmore filtered in 11 points while Robertson had nine and Christian Wendt added eight. Andrew Wearne led Australia with 18.
Orangefield bounced back later to turn back the Australian Varsity 46-42.
Carl Wiley tallied 11 points and grabbed eight boards for the Bobcats. Shores contributed 11 points and five rebounds while Carmichael Wiley added seven points. Wearne led the Aussies with 11 points.
The Bridge City Cardinals dropped a pair of games. They fell to Galveston Ball 66-63 in their first game of the day despite placing four players in double figures.
Adrian Schubarth led the Cardinals with 16 points. Alex Bingham had 13 points while Bryce Sampere had 12 and Tanner Cervenka added 11. Tolen Avery tallied a game-high 26 points for Ball.
The Cardinals dropped a 65-53 decision to Liberty in the last game of the day.
Schubarth pumped in 18 points for Bridge City while Cevenka chimed in with 10. Joe Ward led Liberty with 24 points.
In other games at the tournament Thursday, Galveston Ball topped Liberty 72-55; New Caney Porter downed Vidor 57-43; Port Neches-Groves topped Corsicana 64-58 and also downed the Australian JV Team 58-37.
Bridge City will take on Vidor at 8:30 a.m. Friday at BCHS while Orangefield will face Corsicana at 10 a.m. at OFHS.