BRIDGE CITY —
Withstanding a first-half shooting barrage by Bridge City’s Bryce Sampere, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs went on a 45-24 tear in the second half to turn back the Cardinals 80-57 in District 21-3A action at Cardinal Gym Tuesday night.
Sampere finished with a game-high 32 points for the Cardinals (10-13, 1-4) and connected on seven three-point shots. He scored 22 of his points and buried six three-pointers in the first half, 16 of them coming in the second period to keep the Cardinals within striking distance as they trailed the Mustangs 35-33 at intermission.
The Mustangs (16-8, 5-0) simply wore down the Cardinals in the second half and with their tenacious press they forced Bridge City into 27 turnovers.
Mustang forward Travon Blanchard had perhaps his best game ever in a WO-S uniform, scoring a team-high 21 points while snagging eight rebounds.
The Mustangs now turn their focus to a first-place showdown when the Silsbee Tigers come rolling into Mustang Gym Friday night.
The Tigers (17-7, 5-0) defeated Hardin-Jefferson (25-3, 3-2) 81-76 Tuesday night.
Blanchard scored 12 of his points in the first period alone and he converted several forced turnovers off the Mustang press and converted them into easy layups.
WO-S jumped out to a 16-5 lead as they forced 11 Cardinal turnovers in the first period but the Cardinals trimmed it to 20-13 at the end of the period.
Laquarious Paige had 14 points and eight boards for the Mustangs and threw down two thunderous dunks, one in the first quarter and another in the third.
A nice scoring drive by Deionte Thompson put the Mustangs up 35-27 with a little more than a minute left in the first half but Sampere got the Redbirds within two by draining two long-range three-point missiles to end the half.
WO-S forced Bridge City into just one turnover in the second period but were able to turn on the heat in the third.
The Mustangs were able to go on a 24-10 third-quarter scoring jaunt and forced the Cardinals into eight turnovers.
Mustang guard Brandon Joubert scored all six of his points in the period while Blanchard added five more and Chase Rutledge scored four.
Sampere fired in eight of the Cardinals’ 10 points in the quarter.
WO-S outpointed the Cardinals 21-14 in the final session. Corey Carcisse scored six of his nine points for WO-S in the period.
Cardinal post Alex Bingham, who had an excellent game with a double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds, scored six points in the fourth.
The Mustangs finished with a 38-32 rebounding edge.
Tyrant Thompson had seven points and five boards for WO-S while Tevin Terrell snatched seven rebounds.
Tanner Cervenka contributed seven points for the Cardinal attack while Byron Bacon hauled in five rebounds.
The Mustangs committed just seven turnovers on the night and went 12-of-20 from the free-throw line. The Cardinals, who will visit rival Orangefield Friday, were a solid 14-of-17 from the charity stripe.
BUNA ¸— The Orangefield Bobcats nailed down a vital 46-37 District 21-3A victory over Buna at Cougar Gym Tuesday night.
Carl Wiley had another excellent outing for the Bobcats (13-8, 2-3), snagging a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds against the Cougars (12-12, 0-6).
Levi Shores barely missed getting one of his on as he aided the Bobcat attack with 10 points and nine boards.
The Bobcats will play host to Orange County rival Bridge City Friday.
BEAUMONT — The first-place Beaumont Central Jaguars exploded past the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears 80-28 in District 20-4A action at Jaguar Gym Tuesday night.
The Jaguars (19-4, 6-0) jumped on the Bears (9-16, 0-6) with a 20-7 run in the first period and a 15-4 jaunt in the second period to lead 35-11 at intermission.
Teondre Gant led the Bears with seven points while Jace Robertson added five.
Nigel Pearson powered the Jaguar arsenal with 21 points while Javon Guillory chimed in with 12.
The Bears will look to bounce back Friday when they play host to Orange County rival Vidor (5-16, 0-6).
In other 20-4A action Tuesday night, Nederland (19-7, 5-1) blitzed Lumberton (9-18, 3-3) 64-31 and Beaumont Ozen (13-9, 5-1) edged by Port Neches-Groves (8-14, 3-3) 44-41.
ORANGEFIELD - The Buna Lady Cougars nipped the Orangefield Lady Bobcats 61-56 in a thrilling overtime thriller in District 21-3A play at Bobcat Gym Tuesday night.
The win leaves the Lady Cougars all alone in second-place in the 21-3A standings with a 5-2 mark. The Lady Bobcats (12-10) slipped to 4-3 but reamin in the third-place playoff position with five games remaining on the district schedule.
Despite the loss, Lady Bobcat post Morgan Moss had another huge outing, recording a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Paige Perales had 12 points and seven boards for the Lady Cats. Kacey LeBlanc had nine points and four steals while Morgan Worthy yanked down eight rebounds.
Lady Bobct Carley Choate hit a three-pointer in the fourth period to force the overtime period for the Lady Bobcats but Buna scored 12 of the 19 points in the extra session to preserve the win.
Franklin led the Lady Cougars with 23 points while Garsee scored 11 and Briscoe had 10.
The Lady Bobcats will visit rival Bridge City (12-13, 3-4) in a pivotal game Friday.
WEST ORANGE — Alexus Henry recorded a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, to lead the Bridge City Lady Cardinals to a 52-38 win over the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs at Mustang Gym Tuesday night.
Bailee Bacon tallied 10 points and had five rebounds for the Lady Cardinals (12-13, 3-4). Kasey Frederick had eight points for Bridge City. Caylin Choate contributed seven points and five steals while Harleigh Myers had seven points while Henry also contributed four steals.
The Lady Cardinals will host rival Orangefield (12-10, 4-3) in a huge game Friday night.