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Bears rain treys on Bogue Chitto

BOGUE CHITTO – After nearly two weeks of incessant rain, the sun finally came out Thursday and warmed Lincoln County. West Lincoln’s Bears created a different form of rain Friday night in R.L. “Bob” Calhoun Gymnasium, raining 13 treys on the Bogue Chitto Bobcats in a 78-44 triumph.

West Lincoln hiked its record to 19-2 overall and 4-0 in the Region 7-1A race. They were powered by guard Darius Clark’s 19 points, including 5 treys. Duane Marshall chipped in 15 points and Jared Case 14.

Bogue Chitto (3-16, 1-2) played aggressive, physical basketball the first quarter and could have dominated the line of scrimmage if it was basketball. The Bobcats trailed 14-11.

The Bears found their shooting touch in the second quarter and roared to a 46-17 halftime lead. The hosts only made 3 of 14 free throw attempts in the second quarter.

“We played good the first quarter,” said BC athletic director and head football coach Gareth Sartin, who is serving as interim boys basketball coach. “We got after them on defense but then we started missing free throws.”

Sartin coached the Bobcats to their best-ever football season in 2012. They won the region title and finished 13-1, losing to state champion Stringer in the South State title game.

Sinking 5 second-quarter treys, the Bears got 2 apiece from Clark and Marshall. The large crowd watched them sack 5 straight treys to start the second half and WL coach Lane Young began major substitutions. His reserves only scored 5 points in the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well the first 12 minutes of the first half,” said Young. “But then we got it going.”

Young’s Division 7-1A team leads the division race. On the backboards, senior forward Lucas Burris snatched 9 rebounds. Clark had 6 rebounds and Tamarcus London made 5 steals. Case dished out 7 assists.

The Bobcats got 15 points from Damien Terrell and 10 from Germie Martin.