The Silsbee Tigers handed the West Orange-Stark Mustangs a 74-66 loss at the Montagne Center Tuesday night and now the two District 21-3A powerhouses will be co-district champions.
The Mustangs won the first meeting 72-66. The two will battle it out again for the top seed in the playoffs on Friday night.
Silsbee (24-8, 11-1) led by as many as 20 points but the Mustangs (24-8, 11-1) trimmed the margin to 70-65 on a rebound and putback by Chase Rutledge with about 1:20 remaining.
Rutledge led the Mustangs with a game-high 21 points, 18 of them coming in the second half.
Free-throw shooting hampered the Mustangs throughtout the night as they just went 9-of-24 from the charity stripe.
The Tigers didn’t fare much better as they went just 12-of-25.
Chris Elam led the Tiger attack with 20 points. Post Patrick Reed filtered in 17 points, snared a whopping 19 rebounds and swiped seven steals. Freshman Mike McCain chimed in with 13 points while Trey Grubbs chipped in with 11.
Laquarious Paige tallied 15 points for the Mustangs. Deionte Thompson drove his way to 12 points while Dorsey Robinson added seven.
The Mustangs scored the game’s first two points but the Tigers reeled off 13 straight and led 16-5 at the end of the first period.
WO-S was able to trim it to 35-27 at the half with a 22-point second period.
Silsbee answered the bell in the third quarter and led 57-40 going into the final eight minutes.
The Mustangs ran off 26 points in the fourth quarter until the Tigers were able to fend off the rally.
Livingston 54, Port Neches-Groves 39
LIVINGSTON — The Port Neches-Groves Indians could not pick up their eighth win of the season Tuesday after being upset by the 20-4A winless Livingston Lions.
PN-G instead ends its year 7-23 overall and 4-10 in league play after the Lions roared for the first time this year to the tune of a 54-39 victory.
Livingston outscored PN-G 11-8 in the first and 11-4 in the second to take a 22-12 lead into halftime.
The Lions kept the pressure on by outscoring the Indians 15-9 after the break. PN-G did win the fourth period, 18-17.
Ryan Abel led PN-G with 12 points while Kwame Phlegm had 13 points for Livingston.