By David Wheeler/Special to the Journal
BALDWYN – So far in the young 2012-13 basketball season, the Baldwyn Bearcats are handling every type of test thrown at them.
In the Doc Vandiver Classic on Saturday, the Bearcats handled the athletic Aberdeen Bulldogs, dispatching them 55-47 to remain undefeated.
“I think we did a great job closing down the lane, for the most part,” Baldwyn head coach Jason McKay said. “Then after a couple of tough minutes in the fourth quarter, I think it dawned on the kids, realizing they would have to step up.
“I thought the kids showed a lot of resilience tonight.”
Baldwyn (8-0) appeared to have done significant work in the first quarter, moving to a 16-7 lead by the end of the period with Tevin Lindsey scoring eight points.
That basic margin stood up until the fourth quarter, when Aberdeen (4-3) ran up a 14-0 run.
Sammie Burroughs capped the Bulldogs’ effort with a steal and basket with 2:48 remaining to cut the Baldwyn lead to 46-45.
But the Bearcats had an answer, and with points from Lindsey, Duke Upshaw, and Martell Brown, Baldywn pulled its margin up to 53-45 with 39 seconds left.
“We never mentally got into the game,” Aberdeen head coach Roy Hazzle said. “We played a great team, and couldn’t continue to afford to make the mistakes we did.”
Upshaw paced the Baldwyn offense with 16 points, while Rico Haughton managed 10 to lead Aberdeen.
(B) Mooreville 78, Biggersville 63: The Troopers (8-2) moved to a 41-30 lead at the half, with the Lions (8-4) making runs in each of the third and fourth quarters.
Biggersville pulled within 61-56 on a Marquis Watson basket with 4:34 to play, but a Kelsey Scott field goal halted the Lions momentum, sending the Troopers on a 7-2 run to ice the game.
Brandon Moore paced Mooreville with 24, while Watson tallied 16 for Biggersville.