Late run pushes Bears past Mustangs

Published 10:33 pm Friday, January 26, 2018

LITTLE CYPRESS — Closing the game out with a big flurry, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears toppled the West Orange-Stark Mustangs 62-54 at The Grove Friday night to take sole possession of second-place to end the first half of District 22-4A play.

With the game tied at 51-51 with 3:38 remaining, the Bears (18-11, 4-1) closed out the contest with a 11-3 spurt, sparked by junior guard Braden Bridges.

Bridges, who fired in 21 points, tallied 10 of his points in the final quarter, including eight of the Bears’ final 10 points.

Behind another big effort from Terron Brown, the Mustangs (11-12, 3-2) rallied from a 30-22 halftime deficit as Brown erupted for 15 second-half points. Brown collected another big double-double for the Mustangs as he scored 24 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Despite getting in foul trouble late, Bear senior post Katon Brown had a big night as well, scoring 24 points and snagging seven rebounds.

Devontra Ranton had 14 points for the Mustangs while Jervondric Simmons chimed in with 12. Mustang point guard Jarron Morris added five rebounds.

Christian Weatherly had six points and six boards for the Bears while D.J. Williams had six points and five rebounds and Tristan Rhodes contributed five points and five boards.

The Bears jumped out early to a 13-6 lead but the Mustangs got to within 13-12 at one point as the Bears ended up with a 15-12 edge at the end of the quarter. Brown and Bridges combined for 13 LC-M points in the period while Ranton had six for the Mustangs.

The Bears outscored the Mustangs 15-10 in the second quarter and broke a 22-22 tie with a 8-0 spurt to go up by eight at intermission. Bridges hit a three-pointer to give the Bears a 25-22 edge and then Brown closed the run with five big points, including a three-pointer.

WO-S caught fire in the third quarter behind Brown’s effort. Brown scored 11 of his points in the quarter, including ripping three three-point bombs, to spark a 25-15 Mustang jaunt as they took a 47-45 lead heading to the fourth.

The Bears finished with a 34-30 rebounding edge.

The Mustangs finished with 15 turnovers while the Bears had just 10.

LC-M attempted 18 more free-throws. The Bears connected on 14-of-25 charity shots while the Mustangs went 5-for-7.

The Bears will head to Bridge City Tuesday while the Mustangs host last-place Hamshire-Fannett.