The LCM Bears improved to 2-1 in district play Tuesday with a 52-46 win over Bridge City on Hawaiian Shirt Night. But it didn’t come without a fight from the Cardinals.
Both teams got off to slow starts with an 8-4 LCM lead after one. But the duo of Jackson Smith (#2) and Jesse Doucette scored 14 of the Bears 18 points in the second quarter to give LCM their largest lead at the half 26-13.
But the Bears went cold in the third quarter while BC’s Grant Boudreaux caught fire, scoring eight points while LCM only scored five in the quarter. Their first bucket didn’t come until 2:36 left in the third.
The fourth quarter began with LCM holding a three point lead 31-28. Boudreaux continued knocking down buckets while teammate Austin Richardson hit a three to tie the game briefly at 39 all.
But LCM’s Scout Denman, who hadn’t scored a point, began hitting everything he threw up, scoring nine in the quarter along with Ethan McCollum (#14) who scored all four of his points in the fourth, as the Bears hung on for the six point win.
Boudreaux led all scorers with 20 and Richardson added 10 before fouling out. BC was also playing without their second leading scorer Gabe Castillo. BC (10-15, 0-4) will play Lumberton Friday.
The Bears were led by Smith’s 18 points and 10 rebounds. The win puts them an even 12-12 on the year with a trip to West Orange-Stark on Friday.
-Gary Stelly, KOGT-
-photos by Jarrod Brown, KOGT-