Midland tops Bell City in tourney finals

BELL CITY – The Midland Rebels, sparked a by 15-point performance from Jake Gautreaux, won the Bell City Tournament Championship with a 50-43 victory over the host Bruins Saturday afternoon.

The Rebels improved to 8-1 on the season with the victory while the defeat was the first of the year for the Bruins (12-1).

“We played well,” said Midland coach Todd Briley. “Our big guys are did a good job on the boards and we guarded pretty well tonight. It looks like we’re improving.”

Gautreaux and Chase Vincent did most of the damage in the opening frame as the duo combined for 11 points to help the Rebels take a 15-7 lead.

The Rebels extended their lead to 25-15 at the break before Bell City cut the advantage to 35-30 heading into the final frame.

The Rebels outscored the Bruins 15-13 in the fourth quarter.

Gautreaux, who hit four 3-pointers, was the Rebel’s leading scorer for the third straight game.

“Jake has been playing really well,” said Briley. “When he’s open, he can knock down shots. We have to have him continue to shoot that way.

Darren Arceneaux and Alan Vondenstein followed Gautreaux with nine points each and Andrew Hains had eight. Chase Vincent added two points and Cody Stutes had two.

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