Tigers run past Mustangs in 22-4A action

Published 10:00 pm Friday, January 31, 2020

WEST ORANGE – West Orange-Stark fought first-place Silsbee hard for about a quarter and a half and then ran out of gas as the Tigers walked away with a 84-57 District 22-4A victory over the Mustangs at Mustang Gym Friday night.

The Mustangs (13-17, 2-5) cut the Tigers (17-11, 8-0) lead to 28-26 nearly midway into the second quarter after a nice floater in the lane by guard Terry Harris but the Tigers finished with a flurry, finishing the first half with a 17-0 run to lead 45-26 at intermission.

Silsbee senior guard Braelon Bush and senior power forward Chris Martin were thorns in the Mustangs’ side throughout the night.

Bush filtered in a game-high 26 points while Martin chimed in with 23 points and nine rebounds.

Labarius Spraggins had a nice outing for the Mustangs as he poured in 21 points and snagged five rebounds. Quincy Ledet came off the bench to pump in 14 points, including nailing four three-point bombs.

The Tigers led 26-17 at the end of the first quarter as Shan Gilder scored all eight of his points in the period while Bush had seven. Spraggins pumped in eight points in the period for the Mustangs.

Martin led the big 17-0 Silsbee spurt in the second quarter as he tallied 11 of his points in the period.

The Tigers were able to stretch their lead to 67-41 by the end of the third quarter and then barely outscored the Mustangs 17-16 in the last eight minutes.

Raymond Baltrip had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Tigers while K’Drian Cartwright added nine points.

Shemar Manaway notched eight points and four rebounds for the Mustangs while Jalon Ross added six points and five boards.

The Tigers outrebounded the Mustangs 33-26.

WO_S finished with 24 turnovers while the Tigers committed 15.

Silsbee was 13-of-18 from the free-throw line while the Mustangs attempted just nseven charity shots, making four of them.

The Mustangs will look to bounce back Tuesday when they visit Hamshire-Fannett to face the Longhorns.