Thursday, February 19, 2009
Lions win district opener, lose to Belmont, Baldwyn
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers boys came up just short in the consolation game of the Region 1-2A Tournament Friday but moved on in the playoffs as the district’s number four team.
The Lions gave Baldwyn fits before losing a 55-54 nailbiter. The Bearcats, Region 1-2A’s top squad in the regular season, was upset by New Site in the semi-finals.
“It came down to one possession,” said Sylvester Kilgore, head coach of the Lions. “It was a nip-and-tuck game all the way through. Baldwyn is a great team, and I hate we came up short.”
Byers led 32-31 at the half, then fell behind 45-39 after three quarters. But a 15-10 run in the fourth came up one point shy.
Demarius Scott gunned in 23 points for H.W. Byers (10-18 on the season). Tedarian Bryson followed with 14.
In round one of the district tournament, Bryson’s 34-point show lifted the Lions to a 66-57 win over the host school, East Union.
Also scoring in double figures were Scott with 11 and Jarvis Ware with 10.
The game was tied at the half but the Lions outscored the Urchins 38-29 in the second half.
Then Byers suffered an 82-68 setback to Belmont in the semi-finals Thursday.
Ware and Bryson combined for 40 of the Lions’ points. Ware scored 26 and Bryson 14.
Byers let a 24-19 lead in the opening quarter slip away. The Cardinals tucked the win away by outscoring the Lions 23-11 in the fourth.
Belmont went on to down New Site Friday night for the district tournament championship.
Byers traveled to Coahoma County Tuesday night to start North Half play.
“They have two really good players, and they’re well-coached,” Kilgore said. “It will be a challenge. But everybody’s record is 0-0 now, and we have a shot.”
The eight winners in North Half competition Tuesday night move on to a central location for Thursday-Saturday games. The top three advance to the State Tournament.
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