Staff Reports

The Palestine Wildcats scored 44 points in the first half and went on to defeat Jacksonville 76-60 Tuesday night to pick up their first win of the season.

Leon Mickens and Greg Anderson scored 19 points a piece while Ben Beckworth added 15 points for the Wildcats.

Palestine (1-3) held Jacksonville to 24 points and took a 20-point lead into the locker room. The Indians cut Palestine’s lead by nine points in the third quarter, the high-scoring Wildcats would hold on to get the win.

Palestine will travel to Fairfield this weekend to participate in the annual Fairfield Tournament.

Rice 76, Cayuga 60

RICE — The Cayuga Wildcats could not overcome a 17 point deficit at the end of the first quarter as No. 19 Rice defeated the Wildcats 76-60 Tuesday night at Bulldog Gymnasium.

Carlton Lester scored 13 points while Darnell Walker scored 11 for Cayuga.

The Wildcats had the deficit cut to nine points in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs held the lead.

“They came ready to play tonight,” head coach Greg Jenkins said. “They had a lot of emotion going into the game and they played like the No. 19 team in the state.”

Cayuga will take on Frankston Thursday at 8 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Frankston Tournament.

Neches 68, Buffalo 46

NECHES — Neches used a 22-4 second-quarter run to defeat Buffalo 68-46 Tuesday night at Tiger Gymnasium.

Chad Cooke scored a game-high 20 points while Justin Todd added 19 and Cole Bettes had 10 points for Neches.

The Tigers led by as many 28 points in the game.

Neches will travel to New Summerville Thursday to participate in the New Summerville Tournament. Buffalo will participate in the Centerville Tournament Thursday.

Centerville 49, Grapeland 47

CENTERVILLE — The Grapeland Sandies were the first victims in Centerville’s new gymnasium.

Centerville opened its new gymnasium by defeating Grapeland 49-47.

Grapeland took a 43-37 lead into the fourth quarter, but fouls would haunt the Sandies. Grapeland committed 21 fouls to Centerville's seven for the game.

The Sandies were outscored 17-8 in the first quarter and fought back in the second to trail by three points at halftime.

Jazmine Walker and Terrance Faulk scored 14 points each while Andrew Walker added six points.

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