Cormier paces Midland to blowout victory over Negreet

MIDLAND – B.J. Cormier has been Midland’s leading scorer for most of the regular season and that continues into the postseason.

Cormier torched the nets for a game-high 27 points Friday night, helping lead his Rebels to a 72-32 thumping of Negreet in the opening round of the Class B state playoffs.

Midland (31-5) will now travel to Mount Hermon Tuesday to take on the No. 19-seeded Yellow Jackets in a regional contest. Mount Hermon knocked off No. 14 seed Pitkin, 49-48, on the road Friday.

Midland got off to a quick start against Negreet behind six points from Miles Sonnier and five each from Colby Gantt and Allen Fontenot.

Leading 16-8 to start the second quarter, Cormier got hot. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the frame to help Midland increase its advantage to 35-17 at the intermission.

He then added 14 more points in the third quarter as the advantage climbed to 54-23.

Even with the reserves on the court in the fourth, Midland’s defense continued to cause problems. The Rebels limited the Indians to just nine points in the final eight minutes.

Negreet never scored more than nine points in one quarter on the night.

Cormier was one of three Rebels in double figures. Fontenot followed with 13 points and Sonnier added 10.

Gantt pitched in seven points; Michael Vincent scored six; T.J. Gautreaux scored fiv,e and Andrew Hains and Chase Vincent each finished with two points.

In other local action Friday, Northside Christian was eliminated from the Class C playoffs by Plainview, 66-59.

Statistics from that game were not available at press time.

The Warriors finished the season as the District 7-C runners up, compiling an overall record of 17-17.

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