(Orange, Texas)

January 21, 2013

Hoop teams will start jockeying for playoffs

Van Wade
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The first half of boys basketball action was tight and exciting and the second half should be just as interesting in District 21-3A and District 20-4A play as teams will start jockeying for playoff positioning.

In District 21-3A play, the Silsbee Tigers (18-7, 6-0) took sole possession of first-place when they squeezed out a 79-72 victory over the West Orange-Stark Mustangs (16-9, 5-1) at Mustang Gym last Friday night.

The Mustangs still find themselves in an excellent spot as Coach Jason Wilkins’ squad is still a game ahead of third-place Hardin-Jefferson (26-3, 4-2) and two games ahead of fourth-place Orangefield (14-8, 3-3).

WO-S should have a challenging week though. They will host an improving Hamshire-Fannett (9-15, 2-4) squad tonight with the varsity starting around 6:30 p.m. On Friday, the Mustangs will venture to Sour Lake to take on the H-J Hawks.

Coach Rea Wrinkle’s Orangefield Bobcats will look to stay in the hunt tonight when they welcome in Silsbee. Coach Tony Knight’s Bridge City Cardinals (10-14, 1-5) will look for their second 21-3A win on the road against the last-place Buna Cougars (12-12, 0-6).

Other 21-3A games slated for Friday include Orangefield at H-F and Buna at Silsbee.

In District 20-4A, the Beaumont Central Jaguars (20-4, 7-0) still have a perfect mark in loop play.

The Beaumont Ozen (14-9, 6-1) is nipping at the Jaguars’ heels and the two Beaumont programs will duke it out tonight at Panther Gym.

The Nederland Bulldogs (19-8, 5-2) stand alone in the third-place spot. Port Neches-Groves (9-14, 4-3) is in the fourth-place playoff position going into the second half followed by Lumberton (9-19, 3-4), Livingston (9-13, 2-5), Little Cypress-Mauriceville (10-16, 1-6) and Vidor (5-17, 0-7).

Coach Darin Harley’s LC-M Bears picked up their first 20-4A win of the season by defeating Vidor 65-50 last Friday. The Bears will host Livingston tonight. In other 20-4A games tonight, Lumberton will host PN-G in a crucial tilt for both squads while Nederland welcomes in Vidor.

Games in 20-4A Friday will include LC-M at PN-G, Ozen at Vidor, Lumberton at Central, and Nederland at Livingston.

On the girls’ side of the ledger, the Orangefield Lady Bobcats (13-10, 5-3) helped themselves in a big way last Friday by downing Orange County rival Bridge City (12-14, 3-5) 56-42 The win put the Lady Bobcats alone in the third-place playoff position with four games left in the regular season.

Hardin-Jefferson (8-0) remains in first-place while Buna (7-1) is in second-place.

Tonight’s 21-3A action will pit Orangefield at last-place Silsbee (0-8), Buna at Bridge City, and the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs (2-6) at Hamshire-Fannett (3-4).

Games Friday will include H-F at Orangefield and H-J at WO-S.

In District 20-4A action this week, the Vidor Lady Pirates (23-5, 8-1) can’t be looking ahead for their big showdown with first-place Beaumont Ozen (9-0) Friday when they entertain the Nederland Lady Bulldogs tonight.

The Lady Pirates are coming off a 59-38 home win against the LC-M Lady Bears (11-17, 3-6) Friday.

The Lady Bears will look to stay in the playoff chase this week when they visit Livingston tonight and host PN-G on Friday.

Last Friday, the Lady Pirates led LC-M 11-10 at the end of the first period and pulled away with a 30-6 run in the second period.

Despite the loss, Kayleigh Roy had a huge outing for the Lady Bears, notching a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Tara Thompson added 11 boards for the Lady Bears, who are tied for fourth-place with Nederland, Lumberton and Livingston.