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Caleb Chumley + Pine Tree Knock Off District-Leading Mount Pleasant, 37-32

LONGVIEW — Caleb Chumley scored eight points in the forth quarter to propel the Pine Tree Pirates past district-leading Mount Pleasant, 37-32, Friday night at Pirate Gymnasium.

Chumley recorded a double-double with a game-high 17 points and 14 rebounds for Pine Tree (10-17, 3-2), which handed Mount Pleasant (17-9, 4-1) its first District 14-4A loss.

“We came out with much more intensity after halftime,” Chumley said. “Coach said we needed to pick it up and we really needed this win. We really need to work on our free throws and playing steady defense throughout the entire game, not just the second half.”

Pine Tree coach Rick Dowdle praised his team’s effort.

“We had a couple of kids coming off the bench who really gave us a spark and the only thing I told them before the game was to have poise and patience,” he said. “I think Caleb really caught fire and got us over the hump and we also played much better defense in the fourth quarter.”

With four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Chumley put up back-to-back three-poins plays, fueling the Pirates’ offense. Pine Tree, down 26-17 at the end of the third quarter, outscored Mt. Pleasant 20-6 in the fourth quarter. A free throw by Victor Hawkins with 58 seconds to go secured the win for Pine Tree.

D’Aundre Fields led the Tigers with 11 points.

Pine Tree faces Texas High at home on Tuesday.

“Texas High plays like Mount Pleasant,” Dowdle said. “They like to dribble-drive and have a lot of speed and quickness. If we play defensively Tuesday night like we did tonight, I think we have a good shot at beating them.”

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