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Bears Place Second in Mansfield Tournament

The Willow Springs Bears opened the Mansfield Tournament with a game Tuesday against the Dora Falcons. All Bears played game minutes and ended the game with a win, Bears 68- Dora 40.
The next game for the Bears was on Thursday against the Houston Tigers. This game started off slow for the Bears, but during the second half they found some momentum and the Bears defeated the Tigers, 58-37.
Winning the game against the Tigers positioned the Bears to play the Championship game against the Norwood Pirates on Friday. It was a slow start for the Bears, who scored only 8 points in the first quarter. By the end of the second quarter, the Bears were only seven points down, 28-21. During the third quarter, it was a fast-paced back and forth, and many points from each side. Going into the fourth, the Pirates had 42 and the Bears had 31. The Bears struggled from the line and had trouble from the field. Bears still played hard in defense and tried to get points on the board, but fell short at the end, placing second in the Mansfield Tournament with a 56 to 42 loss. 
Leading scorers were Scottie Osborn with 15 points, Owen Duddridge 11, Gannon McGinnis and Scooter Osborn each 7, Ryan Friga 2. 
Two Bears, Owen Duddridge and Scottie Osborn, were recognized in the Mansfield All-Tournament Team along with two from Norwood and one from Mansfield. The JV Bears have a tournament in Norwood December 13-17. 
Varsity Bears have a home game against Alton Comets December 21. 
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