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All-Leader Hoop Team: LC-M’s Simmons leads the way

It was a solid season for Orange County hoops in the District 22-4A basketball season.

Even though top-ranked Silsbee dominated the district three county teams found their way into the postseason as they racked up second, third and fourth-place finishes to earn playoff berths.

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears put together a superb 23-13 mark for first-year head coach Brad Jeffcoat.

The Bears strolled to a excellent 8-2 mark in 22-4A play.

LC-m got past Lufkin Hudson 73-61 in the bidistrict round and fell to a tremendous Huffman Hargrave unit 61-54 in the area round.

Coach Tremaine Hancock watched his Mustangs make the playoffs again.

After the Mustangs got a lot of their players back from the State Championship football team WO-S was able to make a nice run early n 22-4A play and downed Bridge City in a seeding game for the third-place spot.

WO-S went on to fall to Diboll 61-56 in the bidistrict round.

The Bridge City Cardinals made the playoffs for the second consecutive year for coach Larry Sterling and finished with 15 wins.

The Cardinals captured the fourth-place spot and almost defeated District 21-4A champion Shepherd in the bidistrict round before falling 49-44.

The Orangefield Bobcats finished in a tie for fifth with Hamshire-Fannett and played hard throughout 22-4A play, losing tight games to the likesof LC-M and Bridge City.

All-in-all, it was a fun district to watch. What should be even more intriguing is to catch the games next year as plenty of talent returns across the board.

It’s now time to pick the 2017 All-Orange Leader Basketball Team.

It wasn’t easy picking the Most Valuable Player as several were deserving.

However, no one gave his team a boost like senior LC-M point guard Ayson Simmons.

Simmons did an excellent job direction traffic, scoring and getting his teammates involved.

He wrapped up a tremendous run in a Bear uniform, averaging 15.2points a game to go along with 3.6 rebounds 3.3 assists and 2.9 steals. His biggest highlight came when he scored 30 points in the playoff win over Hudson.

Here is the 2017 All-Orange Leader Boys Hoop Team:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Ayson Simmons, LC-M

OFFENSIVE MVP: KJ Miller, WO-S

DEFENSIVE MVP: Cory Skinner, WO-S

TOP NEWCOMER: Braden Bridges, LC-M

COACH OF THE YEAR: Brad Jeffcoat, LC-M

FIRST TEAM

Katon Brown, LC-M

Brandon Vela, Bridge City

Caleb Kress, Orangefield

Dane Piper, Bridge City

Keegan Sonnier, LC-M

SECOND TEAM

Terron Brown, WO-S

Alex Catt, Orangefield

Justyn Romero, Bridge City

Jay’len Mathews, WO-S

Jacolven Provost, LC-M