The Lufkin Panthers gave the undefeated Mount Pleasant Tigers all they could handle, holding a 30-26 halftime lead, but the Tigers had the final answer as they took over down the stretch on their way to a 62-52 victory in Class 5A Region II Bi-District playoff action Monday night in Hallsville.

Elijah Johnson led Lufkin with 12 points while Brandon Walker scored 11 points on a night eight Panthers got into the scoring column.

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