PN-G wins Cardinals Classic; OF, Vidor tie for 2nd

Published 6:01 pm Saturday, December 29, 2018

BRIDGE CITY – Getting a pair of nice wins Saturday, the Port Neches-Groves Indians walked away with the championship trophy of the Bridge City Cardinal Classic.

The Indians defeated the host Cardinals 67-58 early in the day then fended off district rival Vidor 58-51 to finish a perfect 4-0 in the tourney.

Vidor and Orangefield each wrapped up the nine-team tourney 3-1 to tie for second while the Cardinals went 2-2.

Vidor defeated the host Cardinals in a thrilling 65-59 overtime affair to wrap up the day.

Drake Rojas led the Indian offense in the win over Vidor as he tallied 21 points, 15 of them coming in the second half.

Trent Lee finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for the Indians and buried a huge three-pointer down the stretch to help seal it. Post Tracy Smith added nine points and five boards for the Indians.

Vidor sharpshooter Gavin Jarrell fired in a game-high 23 points for the Pirates and had six rebounds while post Ceasar Ponce had 13 points and seven boards.

The Indians held off the Cardinals in their first battle of the day.

Noah Marchak led the PN-G attack with 21 points. Smith poured in 20 points while Lee had nine and Jackson Simmons contributed eight.

Austin Richardson and Ethan Oceguera paced the Cardinals with 16 points apiece while Kolten Weeks added 10.

Vidor looked in control in their battle with the Cardinals, holding a 51-39 lead with seven minutes in regulation but Bridge City stormed back and Cardinal Grant Boudreaux buried a long-range three-point bomb with 0:03 left in regulation to send it into overtime.

However, the Pirates received a huge shot from Jarrell and buried key free-throws late to turn back the Cardinals in the extra session.

Jarrell led the Pirates with 19 points. Ponce and Gage Galloway each had double-doubles for the Pirates as they hurt Bridge City on the boards, outrebounding the Cardinals 42-25.

Ponce finished with 19 points and snared 12 rebounds while Galloway had 10 points and 12 boards. Hunter Messina added eight points and 10 rebounds for the Pirate arsenal.

Richardson and Weeks led the Cardinals with 14 points apiece while Boudreaux and Oceguera each finished with nine. Richardson led the Cardinals with six rebounds.

Vidor had 16 turnovers while the Cardinals committed just eight.

Bridge City was 11-of-18 from the free-throw line while the Pirates went 11-of-19.

Orangefield nabbed a pair of easy wins Saturday to finish 3-1, with their only loss coming at the hands of PN-G 42-27 on Thursday.

The Bobcats crushed Hull-Daisetta 74-40 in their first contest of the day.

Post Valentin Catt had yet another double-double as he led the way with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Cade Prejean filtered in 15 points and swiped four steals while Coy Bryant and Colby Gonzales contributed 11 points apiece.

The Bobcats finished their day by cruising past the Evadale Rebels 60-29.

Orangefield trailed 7-4 early in the first quarter but went on a 26-0 spurt to go up 30-7 as the Bobcats never looked back.

Catt led the way with 18 points and also snared eight rebounds. Guard Tyrone Waggoner muscled his way inside to finish with 15 points while Heston Puckett had nine points and Gonzales seven.

Jacob Splawn had a nice double-double for the Rebels as he poured in 16 points to go along with 10 boards.

The Bobcats finished with a 35-26 rebounding edge.

Evadale had 21 turnovers while the Bobcats had 17. The Bobcats were 10-of-15 from the free-throw line while the Rebels went 5-of-9.