Coldspring ends amazing Orangefield season

Published 10:21 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2019

MONT BELVIEU – There was no question that the Orangefield Bobcats showed plenty of “scrap” like they had done all season long and through two playoff games.

However, the Coldspring Trojans were a different kind of “beast” Tuesday night in the Class 3A Region III quarterfinals at Barbers Hill High School.

Trojan guard Jacoby Bishop poured in a whopping 31 points to set the tone early as Coldspring put the Bobcats into an early hole that they never recovered from as the Trojans finished with a 75-58 victory to move on to the Region III Tournament at the end of the week.

The loss wrapped up a tremendous campaign for the Bobcats (29-9) as Orangefield reached the third round of the playoffs for the first time in school history. It definitely showed as the Bobcat faithful showed up in mass to root the Bobcats on.

Junior post Valentin Catt wrapped up a super season by scoring 15 points while yanking down 15 rebounds and blocking nine shots. Shooting guard Coy Bryant filtered in 15 points as the three-point marksman had five three-point bombs.

Cade Prejean had 10 points for the Bobcats while Kaiden DuBose had eight points and five boards. Senior point guard Tyrone Waggoner, who finished as the all-time school leader in assists, had six points and seven boards.

Bishop, however, was the story for the Trojans (35-2).

He led Coldspring on a 22-9 spurt in the first quarter, scoring 10 points, including two triples while teammate Duke Lawniczak had seven points in the big run. Lawniczak finished with 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds while Bishop also added seven boards.

Catt had four points in the quarter for the Bobcats.

Coldspring extended its lead to 47-28 by halftime, outscoring the Bobcats 25-19 in the second period. Bishop scored nine more points in that quarter while Jacory Bishop, who finished with eight points, had two three-pointers in the quarter.

The Bobcats got their offense going in the period with Bryant exploding for three three-pointers for nine points while Catt muscled his way to six points.

The Trojans outscored the Bobcats 13-11 in the third quarter to go up 60-39.

However, the Bobcats kept battling and battling.

Orangefield had two superb comebacks in both their playoff wins over Diboll and Van Vleck and tried their best to do it again.

Orangefield opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 spurt and a strong drive to the basket by DuBose trimmed the margin to 62-49 with 5:32 remaining but that would be as close as the Bobcats would get as the Trojans settled down, working the clock and getting good shots down the stretch.

Coldspring post Ed Levi finished with 12 points, including eight in the second half. Bishop scored seven points in the final eight minutes to get his 31.

The Bobcats finished with a 35-28 rebounding edge.

Orangefield finished with 27 turnovers while the Trojans had 14, 11 coming in the second half.

The Trojans were a solid 14-of-18 from the free-throw line while the Bobcats went 9-of-17.