Area play got off to a rough start for the Austin boys on Wednesday.
The Black Bears (6-7) fell to James Clemens, 73-69, in their first game of Class 7A, Area 8 play.
James Clemens led 37-34 at halftime, but Austin took a 53-47 lead into the fourth quarter.
Jalen Orr led five Black Bears double figures. The junior scored 15 points. Quincy Crittendon had 14, Tre Shackelford 13, Cameron Collins 12 and Eddie Mitchell 10. Shackelford also had seven rebounds and four steals. Mitchell had six rebounds.