Lucas scores 39 to lead Bearcats on road

SALTILLO – The Baldwyn Bearcats have gotten into a nice pre-Christmas flow on the basketball court.
And post player Marcell Lucas was in a nice flow Tuesday against the Saltillo Tigers, scoring 39 points to help the Bearcats to an 82-65 victory over their Highway 45 rival.
“The kids came out and shot extremely well to start the ball game,” said Baldwyn coach Jason McKay, who is replacing four of his top six players from last season. “And that gave us the opportunity to get the ball inside.”
That early sharp-shooting included a pair of 3-pointers by Ian Burress. Then Reggie Patterson drain a 3-pointer to wrap an 8-0 run that gave the Bearcats (7-2) a bit of first-period breathing room at 16-8.
That set up a 16-point second quarter for Lucas, who capped the period with a dunk that gave Baldwyn a 43-29 lead. Baldwyn’s fast tempo continued to work in its favor in the third quarter, building a comfortable 65-40 lead by the end of the period with Lucas scoring another 14 in that eight minutes.
Patterson added 14 for Baldwyn, while Jalen Gaston powered in 14 to lead Saltillo (5-6.
(G) Saltillo 48, Baldwyn 42
The Lady Tigers withstood a couple of Baldwyn runs in the second half to claim the win.
“We were hustling good, and did a fair job on the boards,” said Saltillo coach Eddie Moreland of his young Lady Tigers. “And most of the night we played good defense, we just made some bad decisions near the end.”
After building a 41–33 margin early in the final period, Saltillo saw Baldwyn close to 45-42 on a Mallory Hill basket with 31 seconds remaining.
Carley Bryson scored 18 to lead Saltillo, and Ayana Ragin hit 16 for Baldwyn. Saltillo led 21-14 at the half.

David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal

Click video to hear audio