Watson's 50 point effort propels Bay past BIC
Mustangs close conference season with win at Rector
Bay's Colton Watson lit up the scoreboard Tuesday night, pumping in a game high 50 points to lead the Yellowjackets to a 78-62 victory over Buffalo Island Central in senior boys nonconference basketball action.
Watson poured in 31 points in the first half alone, but the Mustangs stayed close, thanks to the three point shooting of Seth Eatmon and Trey DePriest, as BIC trailed just 39-35 at the half.
The Yellowjackets stretched their advantage to 62-53 after three periods, and closed the game out from the foul line, with Watson connecting on eight of eight charity tosses. The Bay sharpshooter also knocked down six three pointers on the evening. Tyler Pritchett also hit double digits for Bay, scoring 12 points.
Eatmon topped the Mustangs with 21 points while Austin Pike and Dax Hurst both finished with 12. Hurst dropped in four three pointers, all in the second half. BIC hit 11 treys as a team on the night. Depriest contributed eight points while Alan Carmichael and Cory Turner added five and four points respectively.
The Mustangs bounced back Friday night, thanks to a big second half to knock off Rector 60-39 on the road. The Cougars held a 24-22 edge at the half, but the Mustangs rallied in the third period to grab a 41-30 advantage.
BIC (15-11 11-5 2A-3) snapped a five game losing skid with the win and completed the conference season tied with East Poinsett County for second in the league race.
Eatmon paced BIC with 20 points while Pike chipped in 18. Carmichael added a double-double, scoring 12 points while grabbing 12 rebounds.
Lawson Ford and Danny Hager topped Rector with 11 points apiece.
In junior high action, BIC slipped past Bay 35-30 behind Andrew McFarlin's 25 point outburst. Bay held an 8-6 edge after the first period before the Mustangs bounced back to take a 24-16 halftime lead. BIC increased its margin to 30-21 entering the final frame.
Blaine Wildy tallied five points, Cannon Walling scored three while Abraham Lopez pitched in two. Robert McFadden led the Yellowjackets with 10 points while Dax Gibson chipped in eight.
BIC closes out the regular season with a pair of nonconference games. The Mustangs will take on Harding Academy from the 3A conference Tuesday night at Monette before taking on old foe Manila Friday night at home.
BIC completed their conference season in junior high with a 44-8 rout over Rector. With the win, the Mustangs enter district tournament play with a 26-2 overall mark and a 14-2 league record.
The Lady Mustangs dropped a 54-51 decision Thursday night on the road at Rector. The Lady Cougars led 23-18 at the half and held a 35-32 edge after three quarters. Brittany Fair led Rector with 20 points. Tori Hill scored 11 while Matison Dean and Marla Crancer added 10 points apiece. Blaire Wildy and Madison Greathouse paced BIC with 11 points each.
BIC will close out the regular season hosting Hoxie Monday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex before traveling Thursday night to Manila to take on the Lady Lions.
The Lady Mustangs claimed the junior high contest 38-14.
2A-3 Junior High District Tournament
The junior Lady Mustangs began district tournament play Saturday afternoon at Rector and claimed a hard fought 36-34 win over East Poinsett County. The victory advances BIC to a semifinal showdown Monday afternoon at 4:00 against conference champion and top seeded Earle.
BIC's junior boys begin district tournament play as the number two seed. The Mustangs will take on the number seven seed Wednesday night at 7:45.