Thursday, February 23, 2012
Byers Lions go out in state’s final eight
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers boys fell just a few points short of a state tournament berth.
Coach Trey Lawrence’s Lions and North State host school Biggersville collided in a back-and-forth classic in the semi-finals Friday night. Byers came out on the short end of a 67-64 score.
“We finished in the top eight in the state for the second year in a row,” he said.
“We played great throughout the season and beat a bunch of good teams.
“We’re going to have three starters back next year, and maybe we can make a run to state.”
The Lions led Biggersville 15-12 after one quarter, trailed 34-32 at halftime and were back in front 54-49 after three. But the host team outscored the Marshall County squad 18-10 in the fourth.
Anthony Mabon and Herrandus Washington were the top scorers in the loss. They had 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Biggersville went on to upset top-ranked Coldwater Saturday night for the north half crown.
The H.W. Byers Lions reached the north semi-finals with a 62-52 victory over Shaw Thursday night in Biggersville.
The Lions exploded in the second and third periods – outscoring their opponent 34-18.
Mabon was on fire with 23 points. He also dished out seven assists and had five steals. Chris Echols scored 17. Jarvis Jones added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Marterrious Rayford grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Lions ended the season with a 16-11 record.
Coach Lawrence loses three seniors – Washington, Rayford and Ladarian Crutcher.
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