Mustangs fend off Pirates for 22-4A road win

Published 10:48 pm Tuesday, February 1, 2022

By Keagan Smith

Orange Leader

VIDOR – The West Orange-Stark Mustangs withstood a late-game comeback to defeat the Vidor Pirates, 60-56 in District 22-4A action at Pirate Gym Tuesday night.

The Mustangs jumped out ahead early, taking a lead which they wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the night. Darren Anderson scored six points for WOS in the first quarter, powering the Mustangs to a 17-12 lead at the first buzzer.

The second period played out in similar fashion as West Orange-Stark scored several baskets early. Vidor struggled to match the Mustangs’ pace in transition, falling further behind. The scoreboard read 31-24 at halftime.

Following halftime, the ‘Stangs offense mainly came from Rocedric Pappillion’s 10-point third quarter. West Orange-Stark held a comfortable 11-point lead over Vidor to conclude the third quarter, 48-37.

Although they had played from behind nearly all game, the Pirates finally found the sparkplug scorer they needed in the fourth quarter. Freshman guard Bryce Loftin willed his team back into the game as he dropped 13 points in the final period. With 13 seconds left, Loftin converted a layup to bring the Pirates within two points. However, Vidor eventually fell 60-56.

Anderson led West Orange-Stark’s scorers with 19 points on the night. Michael Wardlow finished with 15 points, followed closely by Pappillion’s 14.

Dalton Cash led all Pirates in scoring with 18 points. Loftin’s 13 were good for second on the team.

The Mustangs now move to 5-3 in District 22-4A. They play at home versus Orangefield, Feb. 4.

Vidor’s loss drops them to 1-8 in 22-4A as they travel to LCM, Feb. 4.