KOUNTZE, Texas —
West Orange-Stark pounced on Huffman early Tuesday night as the Mustangs went on to cruise to a easy 84-55 Class 3A Region III bidistrict victory over the Falcons at Kountze High School.
The Mustangs (22-10) utilized a 22-6 run to start the game, putting the Falcons (21-11) in catchup mode the rest of the night.
“We wanted to come out and be aggressive right out of the gate and we were able to do that,” said WO-S coach Jason Wilkins. “We applied some early pressure that they (Huffman) struggled with, plus, we were hitting all of our shots early.”
The Mustangs now move on to play the LaMarque Cougars in the area round Friday with a site yet to be determined.
Junior Laquarious Paige set the tone early and often in leading four Mustangs in double figures.
Paige scored 25 points in a variety of ways. He hit four three-point bombs, was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line and also had six rebounds and six assists.
“We’ve asked so much of Q (Paige) all year long and he has responded like a champ,” said Wilkins. “He sets the tone for us. If we need a big shot, he usually makes it. If we need a big pass, we know we can count on him. Same thing goes for making defensive stops.”
Senior Travon Blanchard tallied 12 points. Junior point guard Brandon Joubert contributed 11 points and five assists. Sophomore Chase Rutledge chimed in with 10 points. Junior post Tyrant Thompson barely missed achieving a double-double by scoring nine points while grabbing 10 rebounds while Tre Spencer added six points on two three-pointers.
Huffman’s Zach Dumas, who averaged 25 points a game coming in, was spectacular, scoring a game-high 33 points. However, Dumas, who was 14-of-20 from the free-throw alone, received very little help from his teammates.
Kyle Richardson had six points and six rebounds. Sean Smith had six points. Darion Gray had five points and five boards while Corey Thames added six rebounds.
“We knew coming in that Dumas was their man,” said Wilkins. “He’s an excellent player and those type of kids, they’re going to get theirs and he did. We controlled all the rest of them though. All of our kids contributed and you gotta love that.”
The Mustangs dominated the Falcons on the glass, outrebounding them 46-32.
Tevin Terrell added six rebounds for the Mustangs while Blanchard had five.
WO-S pumped in eight quick points and Corey Carcisse scored all five of his points in the first quarter to help the Mustangs gain the 22-6 edge.
Dumas then led a little Huffman rally as he scored 13 in the opening period to trim the WO-S lead to 24-15 at the end of the first.
The Mustangs outscored the Falcons 19-9 in the second period to lead comfortably 43-24 going into halftime. Paige scored seven in the period and nailed two three-point shots.
Huffman got as close as 46-32 in the third period and trailed 56-39 heading to the fourth. Dumas hit for 11 more points in the period while Paige had six more for the Mustangs.
“Overall, I thought we played well,” said WIlkins. “I thought we had a couple lulls in the game and we did have way too many turnovers, which is something we normally don’t half. There is always something to work home. I’m just thrilled for them and now they’re ready to move on to face LaMarque.”
WO-S went on to outscore the Falcons 28-16 in the fourth.
Rutledge scored eight of his points in the final period while Joubert, Blanchard and Thompson all scored four apiece.
Huffman finished with 22 turnovers while the Mustangs also had 22.
WO-S finished just 16-of-29 from the free-throw line while the Falcons went only 16-of-28.