LITTLE CYPRESS — After spotting the Livingston Lions the first 12 points of the game, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears quickly woke up from their brief hibernation to notch a District 20-4A win at their Bear Cave Tuesday night.
The Bears went on to outscore the Lions 61-26 the rest of the way, sparked by a 17-0 run and a 15-2 spurt to blow out Livingston 61-38.
Junior Taylor Peveto sparked the Bears (11-16, 2-6) in their jaunt, scoring 17 of his game-high 19 points after intermission.
Trailing the Lions 20-18 at intermission, LC-M went on a 20-2 tear in the third period to easily pull away.
Jace Robertson fired in 10 of his 14 points in the second half to aid the Bear cause. Forward Christian Wendt had a solid all-around outing with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Teondre Gant scored nine points off three three-point bombs.
Garrett Green paced the Lions (9-14, 2-6) with 18 points and seven rebounds while Luther Jackson scored six points.
Green and the Lions were hot early and the Bears were ice cold from the field. Green ignited Livingston’s 12-0 start with eight points, scoring on drives to the hoop.
The Bears stopped the bleeding when Robertson scored a layup and Gant buried a trey to cut the Lions’ lead to 14-5 at the end of the first period.
LC-M outscored the Lions 13-6 in the second period, slowly creeping back into it. Gant had another big three-pointer and Wendt scored two buckets inside to help trim the margin to 20-18 at the half. Jackson scored all six of his points for the Lions in the second period.
The onslaught was on when the third period started.
The Bears grabbed the lead and never trailed again at 22-20 when Wendt scored on a three-point play with 5:38 left in the third.
LC-M forced Livingston into eight turnovers in the period. Peveto scored six points in the quarter and Robertson had five, both of them connecting on three-pointers in the process. Green had Livingston’s only bucket in the quarter as the Bears led 38-22 heading to the final period.
The Bears outscored the Lions 23-16 in the last stanza.
Peveto used his patented move to the basket to score 11 points in the quarter while Robertson had five.
Green scored eight points for the Lions in the fourth, including two three-pointers.
LC-M dominated the Lions on the boards, outrebounding them 30-19.
Peveto and Trumaine Elmore had five rebounds apiece behind Wendt’s seven.
Both teams finished with 20 turnovers.
The Bears drained 22-of-30 from the free-throw line while the Lions were just 4-of-7.
The Bears will head to Port Neches-Groves Friday to take on the Indians.
In other 20-4A action Tuesday Beaumont Ozen (15-9, 7-1) pulled into a first-place tie by defeating Beaumont Central (20-5, 7-1) 61-49 in overtime. Nederland (20-8, 6-2) defeated Vidor (5-18, 0-8) 80-41 and Lumberton (10-19, 4-4) toppled Port Neches-Groves (9-15, 4-4) 52-47.
WO-S 85, H-F 62
WEST ORANGE — Laquarious Paige paced four West Orange-Stark players in double figures with 23 points as the Mustangs breezed to a 85-62 victory over the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns Tuesday night in District 21-3A action at Mustang Gym.
Brandon Joubert and Chase Rutledge tallied 17 points apiece for the Mustangs (17-9, 6-1) while Tyrant Thompson added 10.
The Longhorns slipped to 9-16 overall, 2-5 in district.
WO-S, in second-place in the 21-3A standings, hit the road Saturday for a showdown with third-place Hardin-Jefferson (26-3, 4-2) in Sour Lake.
Silsbee 65, OF 46
ORANGEFIELD — The Orangefield Bobcats battled first-place Silsbee hard in District 21-3A action at Bobcat Gym Tuesday night but the Tigers were able to pull away for a 65-46 victory.
The Tigers (19-7, 7-0) led the hard-nosed Bobcats (14-9, 3-4) 27-25 at intermission but went on a 38-21 tear in the second half.
Cody Angelle led the Bobcat attack with 15 points while Tyler Ibeck scored nine and Tanner Holland added eight.
The Bobcats will visit Hamshire-Fannett Friday to take on the Longhorns.
OF (girls) 64, Silsbee 43
SILSBEE — Using a total team effort, the Orangefield Lady Bobcats ripped the Silsbee Lady Tigers 64-43 in District 21-3A play at Tiger Gym Tuesday night.
Megan Burton sparked the balanced Lady Bobcats (14-10, 6-3) with 19 points, five rebounds and five steals.
Kacey LeBlanc chimed in with 14 points and a whopping seven steals. Morgan Moss had nine points and five rebounds. Paige Perales had six points while Carley Choate contributed four points, four rebounds and four steals.
Haynes and Martin led the Lady Tigers (0-8 in district) with 12 points apiece.
The Lady Bobcats return home Friday in a showdown with the Hamshire-Fannett Lady Longhorns.
Buna (girls) 46, BC 31
BRIDGE CITY — The Bridge City Lady Cardinals couldn’t overcome rough second and third quarters as they fell to the Buna Lady Cougars 46-31 in District 21-3A action at Cardinal Gym Tuesday night.
The Lady Cardinals (12-15, 3-6) led 10-9 at the end of the first period but trailed 21-12 at halftime as the Lady Cougars (7-1 in district) went on a 12-2 tear.
Bridge City battled back to trim the margin to 28-25 entering the fourth but the Lady Cougars closed out the game with a 18-6 run.
Caylin Choate had 12 points and four steals for the Lady Cardinals.
Alexus Henry had seven points, seven rebounds and four steals. Bailee Bacon had six points while Kasey Frederick had seven rebounds and Harleigh Myers had five.
Madison Franklin paced the Lady Cougars with 22 points and Jaycee Dams added 12.
The Lady Cardinals have a bye Friday and will return to action Tuesday when they visit Silsbee.
In other 21-3A action Tuesday, the Hamshire-Fannett Lady Longhorns (4-4 in district) downed the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs (2-7 in district) 61-51.
In a 20-4A contest, the Lady Pirates defeated the Nederland Bulldogs 55-41 in Vidor.