Kings of the mountain

RAINSVILLE – Class 3A’s top-ranked Plainview Bears got themselves a 2018 Sand Mountain Tournament trophy for Christmas this year after cruising through the tournament’s last two rounds with blowout victories over Section and Fyffe on Friday and Saturday.

The Bears outscored the Lions and Red Devils 182-114 and the pair of wins lifted their overall record to 14-1 so far this season.


A day after the Lions netted 104 points in a first-round win over North Sand Mountain, The Bears held Sections to just over half of that amount in their matchup on Friday.

Plainview’s fast-paced attack caught fire from the opening tip and built a 33-18 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Lions then bounced back to outscore Plainview 19-13 in the second quarter to cut the Bears’ lead back down the single digits at 46-37 at the break.

That second-quarter run was the closest the Lions would get to pulling off an upset of the Bears.

Plainview erupted on both ends of the floor in the third, scoring 31 points while holding a high-scoring Lions team to just eight points. That put the Bears up 77-45 at the end of the third and forced a running clock down the stretch.

Plainview drained 17 threes, with eight different players hitting at least one shot from long range. The Bears also had their way scoring inside the arc, where they hit 14-of-23 attempts and were 16-for-19 shooting from the charity stripe.

Their offense was led by senior Caden Millican, who shot 4-for-6 from deep range, 8-for-12 from the field and was a perfect 10-for-10 at the free-throw line to lead the Bears with 30 points. He also led with eight rebounds, including four offensive boards, and tied with Tristian Willingham to lead the team with four assists.

Koby Tinker shot 5-for-11 from the field with two 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Coe Millican hit three 3-pointers and followed with 13.

Willingham and Jonah Williams netted nine points each, with all of Williams’ points coming from a trio of 3-pointers.

Dane Haymon hit two threes and scored eight points, Grant Sanders netted four, Jathan Underwood and Haden White scored three each and Andrew McLaughlin finished with two points.


A rematch of last year’s Sand Mountain Tournament varsity boy’s championship game yielded a similar result with the Bears pulling out in front early and for good.

Another fast start allowed Plainview to score 23 in the first eight minutes while holding the Red Devils to 11.

Fyffe kept pace with the Bears for the rest of the first half, but still found themselves trailing by 13 at halftime with score sitting at 42-29.

The Bears’ then opened the second half with their best offensive production, outscoring the Red Devils 28-16 to stretch the lead to 25 headed to the fourth quarter.

Plainview hit 14 from deep range in the win while Fyffe shot 4-for-19 from beyond the arc. That was the biggest difference in the game as both teams missed three free throws, hit 16 shots from inside the arc and had 24 rebounds each.

The Bears defense also gave Fyffe loads of trouble moving the ball up the court. The Bears stole the ball 14 times and forced Fyffe into 20 turnovers while Plainview turned the ball over just four times all night.

Caden Millican was a perfect 6-for-6 shooting when driving to the rim and led the Bears with 20 points. Tinker hit three 3-pointers and followed with 17.

White drained 4-of-6 from long range for a dozen points, Sanders was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field for 11 points and Haymon netted 10.

Cole Millican and Willingham scored five each, Underwood netted four and McLaughlin scored three in the win.

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