2017-02-15 / Sports

Bears to compete in state tourney

By David Stembridge


PHOTO/ Senior Ali Gilbert had a big week for the Bears, scoring 25 points against Thomson and picking up 11 against ARC and 12 against Thomson. PHOTO/ Senior Ali Gilbert had a big week for the Bears, scoring 25 points against Thomson and picking up 11 against ARC and 12 against Thomson. The Burke County Bears are heading to Carver High in Columbus this weekend to compete in the state tourney. The Bears played their AAAA Region 3 play-in game on Tuesday, defeating Cross Creek 105-66.

Head Coach Purvis Dukes said it was a big game.

“The kids played their best game of the season as they shot the ball well from the perimeter as well as post,” he said.

Leading against Cross Creek in scoring was senior Ali Gilbert who got 25 points, followed by seniors Jamal Hinkle with 21, Quantavious Wilson, 15, D’Zarious Holmes, 11, and junior Deontae Carter, 10. The Bears made a season high of 12 three-point shots led by Gilbert who had 7, Holmes, 3, and juniors Zayveon Williams and Trevino Jones, 1 each. From the foul line the team was 7/8 for the night.

The Bears lost 56-54 on Thursday in the semifinals against Richmond.

“It was another close game with them in which we had a shot at the buzzer to win it that fell a little short,” Coach Dukes said.

Wilson led the Bears in scoring with 21 points followed by Gilbert with 11 and Hinkle, 10.

Friday night the Bears dropped the game to Thomson, 70-63, ending their season as the fourth seed in region.

Wilson led the team in scoring with 17 points. Hinkle had 15 points and Gilbert had 12.

The Bears play at Columbus High this weekend in the first round of state. Their schedule is to be determined. Please check our Facebook page for details on the game.

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