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Bears second to MSD; St. Al edges Bobcats

The Mississippi School for the Deaf Bulldogs downed the hostWest Lincoln Bears 70-56 Friday night at Jack Case Gymnasium in theboys championship game of the Division 7-1A Tournament.

In consolation action, the St. Aloysius Flashes held off theBogue Chitto Bobcats 58-57.

Tuesday night at 7 p.m., all 4 teams will play in the SouthMississippi 1A playoffs. West Lincoln hosts Mt. Olive, Bogue Chittovisits Puckett, Salem is at MSD and St. Al travels to Dexter.

MSD 70, West Lincoln 56

“MSD played well,” said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “Wemissed some close shots to keep the game close. We did not reboundwhen we needed to.”

The Bears (17-9) trailed the Bulldogs 18-14 in the first quarterand 42-31 at the half.

“We looked forward to this game all day,” said MSD boys coachAlexander Tyler. “I’m proud of my boys and I’m excited myself.Everyone got involved. Our defense was good. All of our hard workhas paid off tonight.”

Kevin King pumped in 20 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and made2 steals to lead West Lincoln. Tyler Smith fired in 17 points, made2 steals and had 3 assists. Stephen Jones pulled down 5 reboundsand had 3 assists. Jeremy Byrd and Bradleigh Rice collected 4rebounds apiece.

The 23-7 Bulldogs were directed by Falon Hall’s 20 points and 11rebounds. Netting 19 points and collecting 3 rebounds was CortlandClay. Ro’Derrick Brown fired in 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds andmade 2 steals.

St. Aloysius 58, Bogue Chitto 57

J.R. Burnett of St. Al nailed the game-winning shot at thebuzzer.

“This was a close game for both teams,” said St. Al coach DrewBrayer. “We had to execute. Luckily, we had enough time to get therebound and drive down the floor.”

The Flashes (7-21) got 18 points from Chase Smith. Brian Dyessscored 15 points followed by Chris Johnson with 11.

Leading the Bobcats (5-22) with 12 points was Antwain Lyons.Daniel Howard netted 8 points.

“They made one more play than we did,” said Bogue Chittofirst-year coach Todd Wilson. “We missed a lot of easy shots. Andthere was a few plays we did not execute on offensively anddefensively.”