The Port Arthur News
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.
LC-M boys 58, Vidor 54
LITTLE CYPRESS — The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears closed out their regular season with a tight 58-54 District 20-4A victory over the Vidor Pirates at The Bear Cave Tuesday night.
The Bears actually trailed the Pirates 40-37 entering the fourth period but outscored Vidor 21-14 in the fourth.
Jace Robertson led the Bear attack with 21 points.
Blake Fuss tallied 16 points while Trumaine Elmore had 11 and Taylor Peveto nine.
Grant Allen led the Pirates (2-12 in district) with 15 points.
The Bears (20-13, 9-5), the fourth-place team out of District 20-4A, will take on C.E. King, the District 19-4A champions, in the Class 4A Region III bidistrict round of the playoffs Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Baytown Lee College.
Orangefield boys 54, Bridge City 40 (Monday)
ORANGEFIELD — Trailing their Orange County rival Bridge City going into the fourth quarter Monday night, the Orangefield Bobcats found a little extra momentum heading into the postseason as they went on a tear in the game’s final eight minutes to turn back the Cardinals 54-40 in District 21-3A play at Bobcat Gym.
The Bobcats (16-11, 5-7) trailed the gritty Cardinals (13-17, 2-10) 31-30 heading into the fourth quarter but rode the hot hands of Caleb Kress and Matthew Kress.
Caleb Kress led the Bobcats with 12 points. Matthew Kress finished with a nice double-double, scoring 10 points while snaring 11 rebounds.
Bobcat post Mason Sonnier also yanked down 11 rebounds while Carl Wiley and Carmichael Wiley combined for 15 points and six rebounds.
The Bobcats, the fourth-place seed out of District 21-3A, will take on District 22-3A champion Cleveland (26-2) in the Class 3A Region III bidistrict round of the playoffs next week.
Senior post Alex Bingham led the Bridge City attack with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Guard Brett Philpott contributed 10 points and five boards. Byron Bacon and Kyle Bqergeron each scored seven points and brought down four rebounds while Malcolm Busby added five rebounds.
The Bobcats finished with 16 turnovers while the Cardinals had 15.
Both teams shot poorly from the free-throwline. The Bobcats converted just 9-of-22 while the Cardinals went just 9-of-23.