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Keith High races past Southside

Keith High overcame foul trouble on its best player to beat Southside.

Four players helped the fifth-ranked Bears prevail to a 61-50 victory on Friday night at Southside Gymnasium.

Terrell Lumpkin, Victor Milhouse Jr. and Tommy Tisdale III all hit big shots for the Bears (12-5). Lumpkin scored 14 points, while Milhouse and Tisdale each had 11. Mart’Chavious Johnson grabbed eight rebounds, replacing Arayvion Jones.

When Jones headed to the bench with 2:00 left before halftime, Southside led 24-18.  The Bears closed the half with a 14-4 spurt to lead 32-28 at halftime. Lumpkin, Tisdale and Milhouse each made three-point baskets during the stretch.

“Lumpkin, Milhouse and Tisdale all have been doing that all year for us,” Keith coach Clifton Reeves said. “Mart’Chavious played some big minutes and grabbed key rebounds for us when Arayvion went out with foul trouble.”

Jones led Keith with 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots. The All-state performer said he’s proud of his teammates for delivering in the clutch.

“I told the players they had step up without me,” Jones said. “We’ve played with me being in foul trouble. In the second half, I played in control and not get any fouls.”

Lumpkin’s three-point play at the third quarter buzzer gave the Bears a 43-40 lead. Keith never trailed again.

Tae Spears led the Panthers with a game-high 24 points. He was the only Southside player in double figures.

Southside girls 58, Keith 40: Kylan Brown scored 21 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked seven shots for the Lady Panthers.Shamya Allison added 12 points for Southside.

Keith was led by Ja’Kayla Moore’s game-high 24 points and hit five three-point baskets. Tanika Smiley added 10 points for the Lady Bears.