The Silsbee Tigers handed the West Orange-Stark Mustangs a 74-66 loss at the Montagne Center Tuesday night and now the two District 21-3A powerhouses will be co-district champions.
The Mustangs won the first meeting 72-66. The two wuill battle it out again for the top seed in the playoffs on Friday night.
Silsbee (24-8, 11-1) led by as many as 20 points but the Mustangs (24-8, 11-1) trimmed the margin to 70-65 on a rebound and putback by Chase Rutledge with about 1:20 remaining.
Rutledge led the Mustangs with a game-high 21 points, 18 of them coming in the second half.
Free-throw shooting hampered the Mustangs throughtout the night as they just went 9-of-24 from the charity stripe.
The Tigers didn’t fare much better as they went just 12-of-25.
Chris Elam led the Tiger attack with 20 points. Post Patrick Reed filtered in 17 points, snared a whopping 19 rebounds and swiped seven steals. Freshman Mike McCain chimed in with 13 points while Trey Grubbs chipped in with 11.
Laquarious Paige tallied 15 points for the Mustangs. Deionte Thompson drove his way to 12 points while Dorsey Robinson added seven.
The Mustangs scored the game’s first two points but the Tigers reeled off 13 straight and led 16-5 at the end of the first period.
WO-S was able to trim it to 35-27 at the half with a 22-point second period.
Silsbee answered the bell in the third quarter and led57-40 going into the final eight minutes.
The Mustangs ran off 26 points in the fourth quarter until the Tigers were able to fend off the rally.
LC-M boys 58, Vidor 54
LITTLE CYPRESS — The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears closed out their regular season with a tight 58-54 District 20-4A victory over the Vidor Pirates at The Bear Cave Tuesday night.
The Bears actually trailed the Pirates 40-37 entering the fourth period but outscored Vidor 21-14 in the fourth.
Jace Robertson led the Bear attack with 21 points.
Blake Fuss tallied 16 points while Trumaine Elmore had 11 and Taylor Peveto nine.
Grant Allen led the Pirates (2-12 in district) with 15 points.
The Bears (20-13, 9-5), the fourth-place team out of District 20-4A, will take on C.E. King, the District 19-4A champions, in the Class 4A Region III bidistrict round of the playoffs Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Baytown Lee College.