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Leggett basketball in postseason once again (VIDEO)

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IMG 4685BRIAN BESCH | PCE Varian Flournoy fights through traffic to the rim.

By Brian Besch

The Leggett Pirates punched their ticket to the playoffs Saturday night with a 78-69 triumph over Burkeville at The Summit in Woodville. 

The neutral-site game was for the third seed of District 28-1A. 

Leggett began the contest on a 7-0 run and held a 26-8 lead after the first period.

However, the Mustangs regrouped, pouring in 24 second-quarter points. The difference was just three at 30-27 with 2:30 in the second quarter.

Leggett extended that seven at 39-32 at the half and would hold a lead from the first bucket to the final buzzer.

"We got hot -- real hot -- and everything was good," Leggett coach Sean Edwards said of the first period. "They came back in the second quarter. I liked how we hustled and we played team ball. We grabbed the ball a little more and played with effort and heart."
 

Edwards said he felt like the team did not play with the same intensity in the second and third quarter.

"We just let the crowd get to us and everything. We've got to be ready for a playoff atmosphere with Kennard (the next opponent) being tougher."

Chase Parrish led all scores with 28 points, Varian Flournoy had 21, Josh Perkins had 12 and JaColby Sells had 11.

The win pushes the Pirates into a Tuesday night bi-district matchup with Kennard, the champions of District 27-1A. 

"It's been a weird season with Covid and the weather. But, if we just take it day by day and game by game, we can make it to regionals and eventually state," Edwards said. "We just have to take it game by game. There is a tough test that we are going to have with Kennard though, they are pretty good and have a 6-4 guard and a good slasher. They are pretty good and have a good coach over there that just came from Latexo. He knows what he's doing."
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