PORT ARTHUR —
Although turning the ball over 33 times, West Orange-Stark caputured the No. 1 seed out of District 21-3A with a thrilling come-from-behind win 64-63 win over Silsbee here Friday night before a packed house in a one-game playoff between the two distict co-champs.
The Mustangs (25-8) now advance to bidistrict as the top seed out of 21-3A and will match-up with 22-3A’s fourth seed Coldspring Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Baytown Lee Junior College.
Silsbee (24-9) will take on Splendora at 8 p.m. Tuesday, also at Lee JC.
In one of the more tightly, but also evently called basketball games in a long time, the two teams combined for 61 total turnovers with Silsbee committing 28 floor miscues themsleves in the loss
“I’ve never seen so many traveling calls in my life, but they (the officials) definitely called it evenly both ways,” said WO-S coach Jason Wilkins. “But I am so proud of our kids for being resilient and battlingadversity all night. We just never gave up.”
Officials were from the Ft. Bend chapter in southwest Houston.
This was a contest that was so tightly called, neither team appeared to get into a smooth flow of play during the entire game.
WO-S’s win avenges Silsbee’s defeat of the Mustangs on Tuesday’s final night of the regular season which sent both teams into a one-game winner-take-all battled for the top district playoff seed -- each at 11-2 in league play.
West Orange-Stark was in trouble right of the bat as Indiana State-signee Laquarious Paige (only eight total points on the night )was saddled with two fouls in the opening two minutes of the contest and spent the last three minutes of the opening quarter and the entire second period on the bench. Silsbee took advantage of it and led 36-28 at halftime on the strength of Chris Elam’s 11 points and Patrick Reed’s 10 tallies.