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Bears use big 3rd Quarter to top STM, advance to Basketball State Title game for first time since 1995

The last time CHS Basketball played for a state championship Outbreak was on top of Box Office charts, and "Take a Bow" by Madonna was the top charting song in the country.

In 1995, Derrick Jones was on the court to help lead the Bears to the title game against St. Augustine, now he's the head coach of the Bears program heading to Saturday's LHSAA Select Division I State Championship game after the Bears defeated the St. Thomas More Cougars 68-59.

Sophomore Tate McCurry led the Bears with 20 points, while Senior Dennis Hebert added 18 points of his own.

The two teams went back and forth for all of the first half with the game being tied at the end of the 1st Quarter and at Halftime. The Bears took control of the game in the 3rd Quarter, outscoring the Cougars 19-11 to take an 8 point lead into the final period.

The Bears were able to hold off a late surge by the Cougars and made free throws late to put the game to bed.

“We told our guys at halftime that we thought our depth would show,” coach Jones said. “I think we were able to separate from them because our main guys were able to get breaks in the first half."

Seniors Stan Levy (12) and Connor Green (10) also scored in double figures for the Bears.

The Bears will play district rival Scotlandville on Saturday, March 11 at 6:00pm looking for a first state championship in Basketball in program history. The game will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network.

Here's a look at the complete stats from Wednesday Night's Victory:


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