2008-01-23 / Sports

Bears trample JCHS, slip by Benedictine

By Anne Marie Kyzer Staff Writer

Senior Maurice Doyle returned to action this week after being sidelined for two weeks with an ankle injury. STAFF -  ANNE MARIE KYZER Senior Maurice Doyle returned to action this week after being sidelined for two weeks with an ankle injury. STAFF - ANNE MARIE KYZER The Bears defeated Jenkins County High School in a blow out last Tuesday but the following weekend didn't prove so easy.

The Burke County High School boys team (12-5, 3-3) beat the Eagles in Jenkins County 82-42. The Bears gained an early lead in the game and never gave it up.

"We played pretty good and came out the first quarter and scored 26 points, which set the tempo," head coach Purvis Dukes said.

Senior DeVonda Lewis led the assault with 22 points and was followed by senior Marquel Tarber, who posted 13. Sophomore Martaveous Smith scored 9 points and seniors Keonté Gross and Mack Golden each chipped in with 8.

The trouble came Friday night when the Bears traveled south to Liberty County High School. The Panthers pounced on the Bears late in the game to defeat them 74- 49.

"The final score was not really indicative of the first three quarters," Dukes said. "At the half, we were trailing by seven and came out in the third quarter and turned the ball over the first four times we touched it. Against good teams, you can't do this and be successful."

Lewis again led the Bears, recording 18 points, and he was the only one to score in double digits.

Burke County finished up the week with a close 50-47 win over Benedictine Military School.

Dukes called the game "a tale of two halves."

The Bears chalked up 24 points in the first quarter to Benedictine's 13 and were up by 11 at the half.

"I thought things were going well," Dukes said. "Then we came out in the third quarter and did not score a point. I was in awe ... that's the first time I have been a part of a scoreless quarter in basketball."

Still, Burke County's players regained their composure in the final quarter to pull out the win.

Lewis led the Bears with 17 points, followed by junior Bobby Burum, who scored 12.

Burke County traveled to Hephzibah Tuesday but scores were not available at press time.

They will face South Effingham High School Friday night at home. Friday is also senior night for the Bears.

On Saturday, the Bears will head south of Savannah to Richmond Hill High School.

UP NEXT

BCHS vs. South Effingham

Friday, Jan. 25 @ home

BCHS vs. Richmond Hill

Saturday, Jan. 26 @

Richmond Hill

**The varsity girls will begin at 7 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the varsity boys.

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