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Cleveland boys win overtime thriller

December 17, 2018

Cleveland is off to a strong start looking to make it back into the playoffs this season.

The Indians (10-7) are gearing up for a district match at home against Dayton on Dec. 20.

Cleveland hopes the momentum gained from a riveting matchup against Liberty County area rival Liberty will propel the team to success during the district season. The Indians defeated Liberty 72-68 in an overtime thriller on Dec. 11 at the Panthers gym.

Liberty jumped out to a 18-12 lead in the first quarter, but the Indians battled back to send the game into overtime.

Chance Brown led the Indians with 25 points while Tj Waller added 21 points, including some big shots on his birthday.

Javarrick Butler chipped in 15 points for the Indians as the team improved to 9-7 on the season.

Cleveland has already played three top teams in the state of Texas, which has made the Indians mentally and physically tough.

The Indians have played in the Big Sandy Dallardsville Tournament and the Buffalo Tournament to get ready for District 21-5A.

When realignment was announced the Indians moved from Class 4A to Class 5A.

The Indians new district consists of Barber Hill, Nederland, Port Arthur Memorial, Vidor, Port Neches-Groves and Dayton.

Indians head coach Derek Williams would like to thank the city of Cleveland for supporting the Indians so far this season.

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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