For Orange County basketball enthusiast the annual Bayou Classic Basketball Tournament had more than enough fireworks to usher in the new year. The tournament is sponsored by both the Bridge City and Orangefield basketball programs and held at both schools in concert. The three day competition began Monday, Dec. 29 and wraps up on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Bridge City Cardinal junior guard Blaine Slaughter drives the ball down the hardwood leaving Sabine Pass defenders trailing behind.

Bridge City Cardinal junior guard Blaine Slaughter drives the ball down the hardwood leaving Sabine Pass defenders trailing behind.

Joining the fray as representative of Orange County with the Cardinals and Bobcats are the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears and Vidor Pirates. Other tournament teams participating include the Lumberton Raiders, Port Neches-Groves Indians, Flower Mound Rebels, Anahuac Panthers and Corsicana Tigers.

Tournament action on Monday ended with Corsicana and Flower Mound on top of the brackets for Pool A in Bridge City and Pool B in Orangefield. In the first round of action Vidor defeated Lumberton JV 46-43, PN-G defeated Orangefield 52-48, Bridge City downed Sabine Pass 87-45, Flower Mound defeated Anahauc 67-42, Corsicana defeated Vidor 67-43 and LC-M downed Orangefield 50-33. Also rounding out tournament action on Monday Lumberton defeated Sabine Pass 111 to 40, PN-G downed Anahuac 67-43, Corsicana beat Bridge City 62-35 and Flower Mound defeated LC-M 62-49.

Orangefield basketball coach Rae Wrinkle watches the Bobcats in tournament action against the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears.

Orangefield basketball coach Rae Wrinkle watches the Bobcats in tournament action against the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears.

On Tuesday, Lumberton defeated Corsicana 51-49, LCM defeated PNG, 46-43, Vidor downed BC, 56-49, FM defeated OF, 63-36, Corsicana defeated SP 77-25, LCM defeated Anahuac 53-41, Lumberton downed BC 56-48 and Vidor beat SP.

The Bayou Classic Basketball Tournament concludes on Wednesday. The grand finale starts at 9:00 a.m. with competition for the the fifth place team at Bridge City (BC versus Anahuac) and the fourth place team at Orangefield (Orangefield versus Sabine Pass). At 10:30 a.m. teams compete for third place in Bridge City (PNG bersus Lumberton) and second place at Orangefield (LCM versus  Vidor) The tournament championship game will be held at noon in Orangefield (Corsicana versus Flower Mound)

For complete results of tournament action on Wednesday and game photos go to TheRecordLive.com.BCBB.CoachKnight_4763