Cardinals cruise to big Classic wins; Bobcats split a pair

Published 3:32 pm Friday, December 28, 2018

BRIDGE CITY – There was no problem for the Bridge City Cardinals Friday in their own Cardinal Classic Tournament as they breezed to a pair of victories over Hull-Daisetta and Anahuac.

In their first tilt, the Cardinals jumped out to a 20-2 first-quarter cushion against the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats and went on to cruise to a 74-29 win as 11 Redbirds scored.

Austin Richardson powered the Cardinal arsenal with a game-high 18 points as he drilled five three-pointers, four coming in the first half as the Cardinals led 38-11 at intermission.

Bryson Constance had 12 points for the Cardinals, eight of them coming in the first half.

Beau Martin and Zeke Champagne scored eight points apiece while Kolten Weeks added six.

Hayden Whiddon led the Bobcats with 11 points while Kobe Madden added six.

The Cardinals followed that blowout win with another as later Friday afternoon they crushed the Anahuac Panthers 72-36.

The Cardinals jumped out to a17-9 lead at the end of the first period, pushed it to 30-15 at intermission and then went on a 28-12 spurt in the third quarter to win easily.

Richardson was once again the high scorer as he filtered in 15 points and buried four more three-pointers.

Ethan Oceguera tallied 12 points for the Cardinals while Grant Boudreaux had 10 points. Weeks contributed nine points and a game-high eight rebounds while Brandon Little had seven points and Martin and Constance added six points apiece.

Post Alex Smith led the Panthers with 11 points and five boards while Corenthos Hill had 10 points.

The Cardinals finished with a 33-21 rebounding edge.

Bridge City had just seven turnovers in the matchup while forcing the Panthers into 21.

The Orangefield Bobcats dropped a tough 42-37 decision against PN-G in the first game of the day and then bounced back to sink Sabine Pass 69-33.

The Bobcats got off to a hot start against PN-G by burying five three-pointers in the first quarter to go up 19-6 but they struggled the rest of the way as the Indians went on a 36-18 run to finish out the game.

The Indians outscored the Bobcats 9-5 in the second, 12-5 in the third and 15-8 in the fourth to snag the win.

Trent Lee led the Indians with a game-high 16 points while Noah Marchak had 13.

Coy Bryant sparked the Bobcat attack with 12 points as he buried four three-point bombs.

The Bobcats finished with eight three-pointers.

Orangefield post Valentin Catt notched nine points and 14 rebonds. Logan Risinger finished with nine points and buried three three-pointers.

Jackson Simmons pulled down 12 rebounds for the Indians while Cade Prejean had five boards for the Bobcats.

The Indians finished with a 30-26 rebounding edge. Both teams had 15 turnovers. The Indians were 12-of-17 from the free-throw line while Orangefield was just 3-of-12.

Against Sabine Pass, Catt led the Bobcats with a big double-double as he tallied 16 points and ripped down 15 rebounds.

Cade Prejean had eight points and five assists. Kaiden DuBose notched eight points while Logan Risinger added seven points.

The Vidor Pirates nabbed a pair of wins in the tourney as well as they defeated Evadale 56-42 and Tarkington 50-19.

The tournament will carry on today with all the teams playing two games each.