The Silsbee Tigers finished off a great week with a 79-72 win over West Orange-Stark on Friday. The win gave the Tigers sole possession of first place in District 21-3A with a record of 6-0. WOS is in second place at the mid-point in the district race with a record of 5-1. Hardin Jefferson follows at 4-2.
The game Friday at WOS was a battle of unbeaten’s as the first half of district play drew to a close. Silsbee jumped ahead in the first quarter by a 21-17 score largely because Jordan Holmes had a hot hand and hit for 10 points in the quarter. Patrick Reed added eight first quarter points.
He did not cool off in the second period. He added 12 more before the half and Chris Elam added eight more.
Silsbee led 45-41 at the half.
The action cooled during the third period but Silsbee still managed to outscore WOS by a 13-11 margin to eland the Tigers lead to 58-52.
Holmes continued to fire away in the fourth period. He hit for nine more points to finish the game with 36 points.
Elam added eight points in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 19 points. Silsbee outscored WOS in the fourth period 21-20 and claimed the victory.
Reed cooled during the final three periods but managed to finish the game with 12 points.
Other Tigers who scored included Dante Wilson with four, Yancy Brydson with two, Jake Dobbins with three and DaVaughn Thomas with three.
WOS had five players who finished the game in double figures. Laquarious Page hit for 14, Chase Rutledge with 13, Brandon Joubert with 11, Dionte Thompson with 10 and Tyrant Thompson with 10.
The game was a rare one in which WOS was whistled for more fouls than Silsbee was. WOS had 31 fouls and Silsbee had 21.
The Tigers outrebounded WOS 43-36 and Silsbee controlled the ball. WOS had 23 turnovers and Silsbee had 18.
This week the Tigers will host Buna on Friday and play at Bridge City on Tuesday.
WOS will play at Hardin Jefferson on Friday in a game that is a must win game for both teams. A win by HJ would leave Silsbee with a two game lead over HJ and WOS. A win by WOS eliminates HJ from the district championship race and leaves the Mustangs just a game behind the Tigers.
At the mid point in the season Silsbee leads the way at 6-0. WOS is 5-1, HJ 4-2, Orangefield 3-3, Hamshire-Fannett 2-4, Bridge City 1-5 and Buna 0-6.