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Rees scores 39 against Mustangs

Thursday, January 31, 2002

Since the start of the new year, the Highland Rebels have shown how teamwork and dedication have changed the outlook of their basketball season.Now with at least one win against every conference team except Pocahontas, the Highland Rebels have pulled to 6-4.With two more games to go, the Rebels now compete for the third place position.Highland looked forward to a chance to vindicate their first 60-48 upset against Piggott.Both teams displayed qualities similar to the first time they met this season, when Piggott reaped the rewards of several missed shots by the Rebels.Judging from the first period in the Jan. 22 rematch, the game would be a mirror image of the first one.With their hearts set on a victory, the Rebels pulled ahead prior to the half to own the lead.The Rebels sustained this effort and triumphed over the Mohawks 67-46.Senior Chuck Rees contributed 28 points for the Rebels.Senior Tim Hansen added 21.Rebel Coach Chad Arnhart commented that this was the Rebels' best performance of the year thanks to excellent defense and remaining under control.The Rebels also had an enormous return attack against Westside who had bettered the Rebels in a prior meeting.Not only would their second rendezvous be hard fought, but it provided a challenge for the growing Rebel team.The first half of the Jan. 26 game saw the teams dancing neck and neck.Playing with great intensity and purpose, Highland jumped ahead by 13 in the third, maintaining the lead to dominate the 44-39 conquest.Senior Tim Hansen led Highland with 27 points and nine assists.Senior Chuck Rees added 21 points and eight rebounds.Coach Arnhart said they played outstanding defense in the first half and executed their offense very well.The Rebels also found their second win against Hoxie on Jan. 25, by a count of 71-61.Chuck Rees poured in 39, and Tim Hansen added 21 for the Rebels.The Lady Rebels also celebrated two conference wins to clinch the conference championship.Highland faced old foe Piggott who had claimed the NEA Tournament title at the expense of the Lady Rebels earlier in the year.With both teams battling for top spots in post-season play, the competition was fierce as each team delivered vicious attacks.Piggott hoped to use their most powerful weapon, Lindsey Sutfin, whose deadly 3-point shooting commonly threatens the opponent, but her outside magic was limited to a mere two buckets from behind the arc, all in the first period.As the fourth period began with the scores in close proximity, the winner would soon be determined.Highland jumped out to a small lead as the last minute ticked off the clock, but Piggott's Somer Swan busted a 3 to tie the game with 11.5 seconds remaining.Highland bolted down the court, attempting to make a last second layup.Bouncing off the rim several times, the ball fell into sophomore Allyon Sample's hands, who was fouled with 2.5 seconds left on the clock.Sample endured the pressure and hit two game-winning free throws.Piggott made a long pass to the other end in a last gasp effort, but the buzzer sounded, signaling a Lady Rebel victory.The junior Rebels had three major conference wins against Piggott, Hoxie, and Westside.The junior Rebels are 10-0 in the conference, earning the championship for the first time in 13 years.

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