BRIDGE CITY —
West Orange-Stark has found its groove on the basketball court.
Afdter downing Hardin-Jefferson in a critical District 21-3A battle last week, the Mustangs rolled to four straight wins Thursday and Friday to capture the championship title of the Bayou Classic Tournament hosted by Bridge City and Orangefield.
The road to the title game was fairly easy but the championship game was not.
The Mustangs outscored Little Cypress-Mauriceville 9-3 in the last three minutes of the game to capture a 51-48 win in the title match.
The Mustangs trailed the Bears 43-42 entering the fourth period but went on to hold LC-M to just five points in the final eight minutes to snag the victory.
Brandon Joubert paced the Mustang attack with 16 points. Laquarious Paige pumped in 14 points and snared eight rebounds while Tevin Terrell contributed nine points and five boards.
The Bears received 15 points and eight rebounds from Taylor Peveto. Christian Wendt had 11 points and eight boards while Blake Fuss contributed 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Mustangs forced the Bears into 20 turnovers while the committed just nine.
WO-S held a slim 37-35 rebounding edge. LC-M was 10-of-14 from the free-throw line while the Mustangs went 10-of-16.
WO-S canned Galveston Ball 69-51 in the semifinals and led 58-31 going to the final period, forcing the Tors into 33 turnovers.
Paige led the way with 21 points and had six rebounds as 11 different Mustangs scored. Chase Rutledge filtered in 12 points while Tyrant Thompson had eight and Travon Blanchard added seven.
John Gray led the Tors with 14 points and eight boards while Kevin Battise added 12 points.
The Bears defeated 20-4A rival Port Neches-Groves 52-51 in their semifinal battle. The Bears led 42-32 going to the fourth and then held off the Indians.
Jace Robertson was on fire for LC-M, pouring in 27 points while Fuss added eight. Brandon Phan led the Indians with 18 points while A.J. Smith had 15.