The Orange Leader
Jumping all over Silsbee with a fast-pace attack from the opening tip, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs downed the Tigers 72-66 to take over sole posession of first-place in the District 21-3A race Friday night at Lamar University’s Montagne Center.
The Mustangs (19-7, 6-0) jumped on the Tigers (17-8, 5-1) early with a 25-15 run in the first period and extended the lead to 41-24 at intermission.
WO-S led 59-40 after three periods of play but the Tigers did rally to trim the margin to just 70-64 with 1:18 left in the game and outscored the Mustangs 26-13 in the final eight minutes.
The Mustangs placed four players in double figures. Laquarious Paige led the way with 17 points. Tre Spencer put together 14 points. Post Ty Thompson had 13 points while Brandon Joubert chimed in with 12.
Chris Elam filtered in a game-high 26 points for the Tigers while Zayon Jackson added 12.
The Mustangs finished 13-of-19 from the free-throw line while the Tigers went just 6-of-18.
The Mustangs will hit the road Tuesday when they visit Hamshire-Fannett while the Tigers will look to regroup by hosting Orangefield.
LC-M boys 51, Vidor 35
VIDOR — The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears closed out the first half of District 20-4A play with a 51-35 victory over the Vidor Pirates at Pirate Gym Friday night.
The Bears (16-10, 5-2) jumped on the Pirates (8-14, 1-6) early on with a 19-8 run and led 29-16 at intermission.
Post Blake Fuss led the Bears with 17 points. Jace Robertson tallied 13 points and Taylor Peveto had 11.
Grant Allen paced the Pirates with a game-high 20 points while Brett Hall added eight.
The Bears will venture to Livingston Tuesday to face the Lions.
In other 20-4A action Friday, Nederland (17-6, 6-1) stunned top-ranked Beaumont Central (20-3, 6-1) 58-55
OF boys 43, BC 29
BRIDGE CITY — The Orangefield Bobcats took down the Bridge City Cardinals 43-29 in District 21-3A action at Cardinal Gym Friday night.
Carl Wiley led the Bobcats (13-9, 2-4) with 14 points while Matthew Kress and Carmichael Wiley scored 10 points apiece and Nick Harvey added eight.
Post Alex Bingham scored 11 points for the Cardinals (11-14, 0-6), all of them coming in the first half while Conner Wilbur added eight points.
The Bobcats led 14-8 at the end of the first period and 24-16 at the half and extended it to 35-21 at the end of the third to nab the win.
The Bobcats will visit Silsbee Tuesday while the Cardinals welcome in Buna.
In other 21-3A action Friday, Hardin-Jefferson (25-4, 4-2) hammered Hamshire-Fannett (8-15, 2-4) 95-40.
LC-M girls 77, Vidor 39
LITTLE CYPRESS — The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears broke out of their three-game losing skid with an exciting 77-39 District 20-4A victory over the Vidor Lady Pirates.
The Lady Bears (17-12, 6-3) had a total team effort with all nine players playing in every quarter and all nine players scoring points and getting rebounds.
Tori Thompson led the way with an outstanding performance on the boards with 21 rebounds and 16 points which included 8- of-10 from the free-throw line.
LCM had a balanced scoring attack with three other players scoring in double digits including Josie Nimitz with 13 points, Cassidy Webster with 11 points, and Malayzia Winbush had 10.
Grace Chen chipped in nine points, while Maddie Frey and Sheridan Rogers had seven points each. Winbush also recorded another double double by snagging 12 rebounds to go with her 10 points. The Lady Bears recorded a season high in points scored, 77; a season high in team rebounds, 62, and shot a very good 76 percent from the free throw line (22-of-29).
The Lady Bears return to action Tuesdaywhen they will host the Livingston Lady Lions.