WEST ORANGE —
The West Orange-Stark Mustangs picked up a huge District 21-3A win at Mustang Gym Friday night, taking down the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks 45-43 Friday night.
Brandon Joubert led the Mustangs (9-8, 2-0) tallying 16 points. He was potent from the free-throw line, going 8-of-9, making most of them down the final stretch to hold the Hawks (18-2, 0-1) at bay.
Laquarious Paige had 11 points for the Mustangs, all of it coming in the first half while Chase Rutledge had seven points.
Devante Johnson led the Hawks with 11 points.
The Mustangs will compete in the Bayou Classic Tournament starting Thursday at Bridge City and Orangefield high schools.
Riding the 1-2 punch of Brandon Pham and A.J. Smith, the Port Neches-Groves Indians used a big second half surge to turn back the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears 56-47 in District 20-4A action at The Bear Cave Friday night.
The Indians (4-10, 2-0) erased a 35-32 deficit in the third quarter by scoring the period’s final five points and then they went on to outscore the Bears (6-11, 0-2) 19-12 in the final period to escape with a big road win.
Pham led the Indians with a team-high 21 points and also had nine rebounds. He scored 12 of his points in the second half and connected on three three-pointers on the night.
Smith put together a strong double-double, notching 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds. He tallied 11 of his points after intermission.
Jace Robertson led the Bear attack with 15 points while also grabbing seven rebounds. Trumaine Elmore filtered in 14 points and grabbed five boards. Robertson and Elmore both connected on two three-point shots.
Bear post Blake Fuss contributed eight points and seven rebounds. Taylor Peveto scored eight points while Christian Wendt added five rebounds.
Garrett Gaspard added eight points for the Indians.
PN-G led 13-8 at the end of the first period. However, the Bears tallied 18 points in the second period to grab a 26-24 edge at intermission. Robertson had eight points in the quarter, including two three-pointers while Elmore pumped in five points.