The Mammoth Spring Bears wrapped up a busy week of pre-holiday hoops by handing the Viola Longhorns their first 1A-2 North loss Dec. 14 at the Longhorn Corral.
Using a 16-7 burst in the third period, Mammoth Spring (11-7, 1-2) pushing past the Horns (9-7, 2-1) 49-31.
Aaron Shipp paced the Bears with 16 points, with Seth Godwin dishing out 12 assists and Wes Davis pulling down 12 boards.
Lucas Rains led Viola with 14 points.
The night before, Dec. 13, the Bears hit the Couch Indians with a 23-3 run in the second period en route to a 49-33 win.
Mammoth Spring led 29-8 at the half.
Adam Watson tallied 12 points on four treys for Mammoth Spring, while Gage Busch logged 11 points and six rebounds. Trevor Vincent added 10 points, with Godwin racking up nine assists and six steals.
Cody Roberts paced the Indians with 11 points.
According to Mammoth Spring Head Coach Jeremy Cude, this stretch of games for the Bears has not been the easiest one for one of his starters, Aaron Shipp, who has been hit with a string of bad luck off the hardwood recently.
"About two weeks ago his family lost their house to a fire and they weren't able to salvage anything except themselves and the clothes they had on. Then, last weekend, his younger brother was in a car wreck, breaks his ankle in two places and had to have surgery this week," Cude said. "And a couple of smaller issues have occurred to him this week as well. But through it all, this young man has shown all kinds of toughness and not only has endured, but he has played some of his best games of the season. I am extremely proud of him and want him to know his coach and teammates love and appreciate him."