Bridges, Bears get past Woodville

Published 8:27 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2018

LITTLE CYPRESS — It was a Hawaiian-themed night at LC-M Tuesday night and Battlin’ Bear senior Braden Bridges might as well have been “Thomas Magnum P.I.” as he solved the mystery of the Woodville defense the entire night.

Bridges fired in a whopping 41 points and went a perfect 17-for-17 from the free-throw line as the Bears held on to topple the Eagles 61-57 at Hargrove Gym Tuesday night.

The Bears dug themselves a six-point hole late in the third quarter but rallied to tie it at 43-43 going to the fourth after Bridges canned a three-point bomb near the top of the key as time expired.

The Bears then scored the first six points of the fourth quarter that included a big three-pointer from Jesse Doucette. That eventually forced the Eagles to foul the wrong man as Bridges connected on all eight of his free-throw attempts in the final eight minutes.

Bridges scored 26 of his points in the second half. He had 15 in the first quarter as the Bears raced out to a 21-12 lead. However, he did not score in the second quarter as the Eagles went on a 17-6 spurt to lead 29-27 at the half.

Shifty guard DaMichael Brooks paced the Eagle attack with 17 points, nine coming in the first half.

Kobe Adams had 11 points and five rebounds for the Eagles. Fabian Midkiff had nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Woodville while Jaden Argumon added eight points,

Ethan McCollum had eight rebounds to lead the Bears and had a pair of big buckets in the second half. D.J. Williams contributed six points and seven boards for LC-M while Doucette also yanked down seven rebounds.

The Bears finished with a 34-28 rebounding edge. LC-M had 17 turnovers while the Eagles only committed 10.

Both teams shot well from the line. The Bears were 21-of-26 from the charity stripe while the Eagles went 13-of-17.

The Bears will dive into district action next Tuesday when they visit Hardin-Jefferson.