The Saltillo Lions hosted Sulphur Bluff Tuesday, looking to pick up a win in their final regular season game. With a playoff berth already clinched, the Lions were looking to end their season on a high note and enter the postseason with some momentum.
The Lions got out to a very strong start, having their best offensive quarter of the night. Saltillo was always able to hold Sulphur Bluff to their lowest scoring quarter, as the Lions got out to a 18-9 lead.
The second quarter was a much closer affair, with both teams matching each other every step of the way. Each team scored 10 points in the second frame, giving the Lions a 28-19 lead.
Playing from behind, Sulphur Bluff began to work their way back into the game in the second half. The Bears came out with a huge third quarter, outscoring Saltillo in the third quarter.
The Lions took control back in the final frame, putting the game away. Saltillo outscored Sulphur Bluff 15-10, winning the game by a final score of 57-46.
David Whitworth had a huge game for the Lions, putting up a very impressive performance. Whitworth was the teams leading scorer, posting 34 points.
Also scoring in double-digits was Andrew Redburn, who finished with 12 points. Gunner Tarver had five points, while Coy Collins had four points and Luke Ritter had two points. Two of Collins’ points came via a huge dunk.
The win pushes the Lions record to 19-16 and makes them 10-2 in district play. Their 10-2 district record puts them in second place to finish the regular season.
The junior varsity Lions also picked up a win, in what was a tight affair all the way through. Saltillo led 9-7 at the end of the first quarter and 28-23 at the end of the first half.
Sulphur Bluff was able to put a dent in the lead in the third quarter, but Saltillo was able to walk away with the 42-38 win.
Heston Peeples and Jonas Beadle were the leading scorers, finishing with 11 points each. Caden McGill was right behind them with nine points.
Other scorers for Saltillo were Adrian Don Juan with six points, Trey Tully with three points and Brandon Metcalf with two points.
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