Bears fired up for state playoffs


The Bears secured their spot in the state playoffs after taking down ARC and Hephzibah in the region tournament and falling to Thomson. They finished third in the region.

In the 64-28 win against ARC last Tuesday, the Bears were led by Tykevian Hiers, who had 13 points and 3 assists; Dantavian Allen, 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks; Edward Wimberly, 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks; Kinte Gross, 10 points and 8 rebounds; and Kobe Brown, 8 assists and 3 steals.

Thursday, on the road, the Bears weren’t so lucky against Thomson’s Bulldogs, losing 74-56.

Avian Allen posted 15 points, while Gross added 13 of his own. E. Wimberly had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks.

The Bears finished the region tourney with an 82-62 win over Hephzibah’s Rebels, with Hiers racking up 29 points, including 4 three-pointers, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Other leaders included Cassidy Golden, 13 points and 3 blocks; Gross, 11 points and 12 rebounds; and Brown, 10 assists.

“We played well in the region tourney,” said Bears head coach Purvis Dukes, adding that, defensively against ARC and Hephzibah, the Bears were as good as they have been in years. “The Thomson game got away from us in the second quarter as they went on a good run. This league is good, and hopefully the strength of schedule will help us during the playoffs. This is a new season as we are back in the state playoffs. The guys understand that it’s win or go home.”

The Bears traveled to Fort Valley for a first round matchup against Peach County yesterday (Tuesday), but results were not available at press time.

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