2017-12-06 / Sports

Bears start season on top

By David Stembridge

Senior Simeon Coleman scored 12 points against Midland Valley on Friday night. Senior Simeon Coleman scored 12 points against Midland Valley on Friday night. The Burke County Bears varsity boys basketball team (2-0) began their season last Friday night, Dec. 1, defeating Midland Valley 68-58 at home. Saturday, Dec. 2, they beat Josey High School, 50-47.

Head coach Purvis Dukes said that Midland Valley is a solid team coming off a battle with Glenn Hills last Tuesday night.

“Our guys were very unselfish on the night, and for the majority of the night, played well on both ends of the court,” he said. “The kids played well especially for the first game of the season.”

Senior Deontae Carter led the Bears in scoring against Midland Valley, scoring 21 points, followed by senior Zay Williams, who scored 15, and senior Simeon Coleman with 12.

Dukes said that one of the areas they were most pleased with was from the foul line where they were 23-29 for the night. Carter led the team, sinking 9 of 10 attempts, and Coleman went 4-4.

In Saturday night’s match, Dukes said they faced a good Josey team that was coming off back-to-back wins.

“The guys responded well, having to play back-to-back nights against really good competition,” he said.

Carter again led the team in scoring with 17 points, followed by Coleman who got 10 points.

“Defensively, we felt we did a decent job; however, offensively there are some definite things we have to continue to improve upon as the season continues.” Dukes said. “This group of guys works hard, and we will continue to improve.”


Burke played Evans on Tuesday night, but results were not available at press time. They will play Winder Barrow on Saturday, Dec. 9, with the Lady Bears starting at 4 p.m. and the boys will immediately follow.

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