Liberty-Eylau tips Brownsboro, 50-49


LONGVIEW β€” Brownsboro saw its season end on a put back off an errant shot with 8.3 seconds left in the contest as Liberty-Eylau defeated the Bears 50-49 in a Class 3A Region II area game of the playoffs at Pine Tree High School.

Davonte Givens’ shot at the buzzer was no good and the Leopards celebrated.

Liberty-Eylau will face Kilgore next week in the regional quarterfinals.

Trailing 49-48, Liberty-Eylau worked the ball around and the Bears forced an off balance 3-point attempt, but the shot was short as Kwan Curry rebounded and converted a layup for a 50-49 advantage.

Brownsboro had surged ahead in the fourth period thanks a superb shooting performance from Blake Ralson, who hit three consecutive 3-pointers to give the Bears a 45-43 advantage with 5:03 left in the game. Ralson scored the Bears’ last points of the contest with 4:04 left in basket for a 49-46 advantage.

The Bears jumped out early on the Leopards with Givens scoring 11 of his game-high 23 points in the first period as the Bears led 16-9 after the first quarter.

Brownsboro received nine points and five rebounds from Patrick McCarthy and Jared Bragdon recorded six rebounds. Ralson finished with 17 points.

Liberty-Eylau was led in scoring by P.J. Muldrew with 16 points and Curry with 10 points and nine rebounds.

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Class 3A Region II Area

Liberty-Eylau 50, Brownsboro 49

Liberty-Eylau 9 16 13 12β€”50

Brownsboro 16 11 9 13β€”49

LIBERTY-EYLAU β€” P.J. Muldrew, 16; Rashaan Donelson, 9; Kwan Curry, 10; Javon Rigsby, 4; Trey Monroe, 5; Davion Hall, 6.

BROWNSBORO β€” Blake Ralson, 17; Davonte Givens, 23; Patrick McCarthy, 9.

THREE POINT GOALS β€” LE: Muldrew (3), Donelson (3). B: McCarthy, Givens (3), Ralson (5).

NEXT UP β€” Liberty-Eylau vs. Kilgore, regional quarterfinals; Brownsboro season complete.