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Bears start strong, finish strong against Mustangs
Tanner Burch (22) tries to drive the baseline against Burke County’s Jonathon Walker (52) in the Mustangs’ loss Tuesday night. Burch finished with four points. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Devonda Lewis did the damage in the first half, and Keonte Gross followed suit in the fourth quarter as the Burke County Bears raced past the South Effingham Mustangs 72-42 Tuesday night at The Corral.

Lewis had 15 of his game-high 18 points in the first. Gross scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Behind Lewis, the Bears grabbed a 19-10 first-quarter lead and took a 41-24 lead into halftime. Burke County outscored South Effingham, playing its first game without coach Jason Keeler, 23-8 in the final period.

Keeler was ejected from Saturday night’s game with Effingham County and was suspended for Tuesday night’s game and also Friday night’s game at home against Hephzibah.

Eddie Harris paced the Mustangs with 10 points. Jaron Mullins had eight points, Zach Anderson and Jamaal Bynes each had six points, Justin Hatten and Tanner Burch each had four points and Alex Reid and Aaron Fisher had two points apiece.

Bobby Burum added 14 points for the Bears.