2018-03-07 / Sports

Bears finish season at state tourney


The Burke County High School Bears finished their season in the third round of state after being defeated by Sandy Creek 64-44 last Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Head coach Purvis Dukes said that the team represented BCHS, their families and community well.

“Our guys really played well and left it all on the court,” he said. “We definitely had a great run at it winning nine out of our last eleven games, and our guys played really well as a team. Very proud of them.”

Senior Zayveon Williams led the Bears against Sandy Creek with 14 points and 4 assists. Senior Simeon Coleman followed him with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals, and senior Deontae Carter ended the night with 6 points and 5 rebounds.

Dukes said that the game was tight through three quarters. The end of the first quarter the score was 12-12 and at the half they were leading 27-24. The third quarter went back and forth, but the Bears ended up trailing 37-35 going into the fourth quarter. They were outscored 27-9 in the fourth quarter for the final margin of the game. Sandy Creek went on a 16-2 run with 1:15 left in the game to pull away late.

Dukes says he is looking forward to the next couple of weeks as they have a some guys sign to play basketball in the future as well as play in some upcoming all-star games.

“Williams and Carter have been chosen to play in the Georgia-South Carolina game sponsored by Gerald White, and hopefully, we will get someone in the North/South game to play in Savannah,” he said.

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