BRIDGE CITY —
West Orange-Stark has found its groove on the basketball court.
Afdter downing Hardin-Jefferson in a critical District 21-3A battle last week, the Mustangs rolled to four straight wins Thursday and Friday to capture the championship title of the Bayou Classic Tournament hosted by Bridge City and Orangefield.
The road to the title game was fairly easy but the championship game was not.
The Mustangs outscored Little Cypress-Mauriceville 9-3 in the last three minutes of the game to capture a 51-48 win in the title match.
The Mustangs trailed the Bears 43-42 entering the fourth period but went on to hold LC-M to just five points in the final eight minutes to snag the victory.
Brandon Joubert paced the Mustang attack with 16 points. Laquarious Paige pumped in 14 points and snared eight rebounds while Tevin Terrell contributed nine points and five boards.
The Bears received 15 points and eight rebounds from Taylor Peveto. Christian Wendt had 11 points and eight boards while Blake Fuss contributed 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Mustangs forced the Bears into 20 turnovers while the committed just nine.
WO-S held a slim 37-35 rebounding edge. LC-M was 10-of-14 from the free-throw line while the Mustangs went 10-of-16.
WO-S canned Galveston Ball 69-51 in the semifinals and led 58-31 going to the final period, forcing the Tors into 33 turnovers.
Paige led the way with 21 points and had six rebounds as 11 different Mustangs scored. Chase Rutledge filtered in 12 points while Tyrant Thompson had eight and Travon Blanchard added seven.
John Gray led the Tors with 14 points and eight boards while Kevin Battise added 12 points.
The Bears defeated 20-4A rival Port Neches-Groves 52-51 in their semifinal battle. The Bears led 42-32 going to the fourth and then held off the Indians.
Jace Robertson was on fire for LC-M, pouring in 27 points while Fuss added eight. Brandon Phan led the Indians with 18 points while A.J. Smith had 15.
Bridge City split a pair of games Friday.
The Cardinals defeated Vidor 64-61 and fell to the Australian Varsity Team 72-56.
Against Vidor, Bryce Sampere connected on seven three-pointers to lead the Cardinals with 25 points while Tanner Cervenka poured in 18 points. Grant Allen led Vidor with 15 points.
The Cardinals got outrebounded by the Aussies 42-20 in their loss.
Byron Bacon led the Cardinals with 12 points as he drained four three-pointers while Cervenka chimed in with 11 points and six rebounds.
Van Merbin led the Aussies with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Wearne also had 16 points while Kristian Zjak had 12 and Lochlan McDonald added 11.
In other games at the tourney Friday, Orangefield defeated the Austrailian JV Team 42-20; Cornsicana downed the Australian Varsity 51-47; New Caney Porter defeated Liberty 55-53; and Liberty toppled the Australian JV 66-46.
LC-M and WO-S picked up a pair of wins at the tourney Thursday.
The Bears defeated Orangefield 40-24 in their first game of the day and then defeated the Australian Varsity Team 50-39.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs escaped past Vidor 59-54 and drilled New Caney Porter 69-29.
Paige led the Mustangs against Vidor, scoring 17 points. Joubert chimed in with 13 points while Rutledge added 10. Allen fired in 24 points to pace the Pirates.
The Mustangs dominated New Caney Porter by forcing 35 turnovers as they jumped out to a 30-15 edge at halftime and never looked back.
Paige led the way with 16 points and added seven rebounds. Joubert filtered in 15 points. Post Tyrant Thompson had a double-double, scoring 10 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds while Cory Carcisse added seven points and six boards. Andrew Burrows led Porter with eight points.
The Bears outscored Orangefield 25-9 in the first half to cruise to the victory.
Robertson led the Bears with 13 points. Caleb Harley had nine points and Fuss contributed eight.
Levi Shores paced the Bobcat attack with 10 points.
Against the Australian Varsity, Peveto led the LC-M attack with 17 points. Trumaine Elmore filtered in 11 points while Robertson had nine and Wendt added eight. Wearne led Australia with 18.
Orangefield bounced back later to turn back the Australian Varsity 46-42.
Carl Wiley tallied 11 points and grabbed eight boards for the Bobcats. Shores contributed 11 points and five rebounds while Carmichael Wiley added seven points. Wearne led the Aussies with 11 points.
The Bridge City Cardinals dropped a pair of games. They fell to Galveston Ball 66-63 in their first game of the day despite placing four players in double figures.
Adrian Schubarth led the Cardinals with 16 points. Alex Bingham had 13 points while Sampere had 12 and Cervenka added 11. Tolen Avery tallied a game-high 26 points for Ball.
The Cardinals dropped a 65-53 decision to Liberty in the last game of the day.
Schubarth pumped in 18 points for Bridge City while Cevenka chimed in with 10. Joe Ward led Liberty with 24 points.
In other games at the tournament Thursday, Galveston Ball topped Liberty 72-55; New Caney Porter downed Vidor 57-43; Port Neches-Groves topped Corsicana 64-58 and also downed the Australian JV Team 58-37.