The Melbourne Bearkatz have been on a tournament collecting spree in recent weeks.
The Bearkatz' collection started with the district title, followed by the Class AA Region 3 crown.
Next on the list for Melbourne: the biggest one of all- the state title.
Waiting for the Bearkatz in the first round of the state tournament in Jessieville was the Turrell Rockets.
The Rockets, ranked number three overall in the state, emerged from the Feb. 26 game with a narrow 52-51 victory thanks to a last second jump-shot.
"It was a tough game to lose," said Melbourne Head Coach Mike Watson.
"I thought we played well and controlled the tempo. We did what we wanted except for the last 20 seconds of the game when they had the ball," he said.
Turrell, the Class AA State runners-up last year were led by Phillip Lockhart with 19.
The Bearkatz were paced by Jordan Davidson's 17.Patrick Davidson added 11.
The Bearkatz finish the season with a mark of 38-4."I think our record speaks for itself," said Coach Watson."This is the best year any Melbourne team has ever had, and I feel that it is one of the better years that any area team has had in a while.
We lost to Fort Smith Northside, a AAAAA school, we lost to Cave City twice. They were conference and district champions, and we lost to Turrell, the number three team in the state in any classification," added Coach Watson.
"We lose three seniors, and two starters, but I fell like with our returning players we'll be ready to go after our fourth conference title in a row next year," he said.
Commenting on his seniors, Coach Watson added "Patrick Davidson, I thought grew up a lot this year. A lot of players with his ability would want to score 35 points every time out. Patrick cut his average by 4 or 5 points, but added 10 or 12 to our team total because of his assists," said Watson.
Davidson signed a letter of intent to play for Lehigh next year.
"Jeremy Russell was a co-captain for us. He knew what he had to do to succeed. We usually stuck him on the other team's post player and he defended well. He was a great team mate.
Matt Yancey really didn't get a lot of playing time this year because of the team he was on. He could have played for a lot of teams. Matt was a great kid who worked hard and never complained," said Watson.