2014-12-24 / Sports

Bears move to 10-0 with big wins

By Anne Marie Kyzer


The Bears cheer from the bench as Quantavious Wilson slams one over the rim. The Bears cheer from the bench as Quantavious Wilson slams one over the rim. The Bears pounded three more teams on the court last week to keep their perfect record intact.

Burke County High School’s boys moved to 10-0 after grinding out solid wins with aggressive defense.

In the Bears’ 73-58 win over Effingham last Tuesday, they trailed by 1 at half but outscored the Rebels 23-10 in the third quarter to take a solid lead.

Burke County Head Coach Purvis Dukes said adjustments in the second half helped them walk away with the win.

Sophmore D’zarious Holmes led the Bears in scoring with17, followed by Malik Maloyd with 13. Quantavious Wilson and Tristain Hunter each had 11.

Against Cross Creek last Friday, the Bears picked up a 71- 53 win after leading throughout the game.

“The guys played really well together,” Coach Dukes said, noting defense was again key in this game.

He was also pleased to see a balanced offensive effort. The Bears had five players in double digits this time, led by Hunter with 24 points and followed by D’Zarious Holmes with 14 and Maloyd with 11. Wilson and Jordan Gant scored 10 each.

“Tristain came out on fire making five of six three-point attempts in the first quarter for 15 first quarter points,” Coach Dukes noted. “He also led us from the foul line going nine for ten.”

The Bears were 20-25 from the stripe for the night.

The following night, the Bears traveled to Hephzibah, where they won 76-35. The Bears led 18-13 at the end of the first, and never allowed the Rebels to score more than 9 points in a single quarter afterwards. “We settled down and played solid defense on the rest of the night,” Coach Dukes said.

Kamario Walker led the Bears in scoring with 14 points. Holmes scored 13, including 3 straight three-pointers in the third quarter alone. Wilson and Malik Way each chipped in 8 points.

The Bears won’t take much of a break over Christmas. They’ll head to Milledgville this weekend to play in the Baldwin Classic tournament.

“Going into the Christmas tourney there are some things we need to get better at as we will face AAAAAA Marietta on the first night,” Coach Dukes said. “The guys are working together and playing hard and that’s what’s important right now.”

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