Mammoth Spring split a pair of games with Cushman Oct. 21 at the Anthony Ford Evening Shade Classic, with the Bears losing a 46-43 heartbreaker to the Bulldogs before the Lady Bears evened things up by hammering Cushman 57-36.
In boys' action, the Bears thoroughly dominated Cushman, inside and out, by keeping the Bulldogs out of their comfort zone on offense.
Up until the 6:00 mark of the game, that is.
The Bulldogs rode the back of Kris Tharp in the fourth period, as he turned into a one-man wrecking crew that smashed Mammoth Spring's shot at a sure victory.
The Bears were holding serve, 32-18, at the end of the third period, when the trouble began.
With six minutes left in the game, Tharp caught fire and went on a personal 11-0 run for the Bulldogs to cut into the Bears' margin.
A bucket by Cameron Kent (10 points) stopped the Bulldog uprising, but Cushman trailed by only four points, 38-34, with 2:23 left.
Three possessions later, the Bulldog comeback was complete as two free throws gave Cushman its first lead of the game with 1:41 remaining.
Mammoth Spring chipped back, and a charity toss from Logan Lawrence (17 points) locked the game at 41-all.
But the biggest play of the night belonged to Tharp, as he put Cushman on top to stay.
With the contest knotted at 43-all, Tharp hit a backdoor layup and was hacked in the act with 2.5 ticks showing. Tharp tossed in the free throw to put the wraps on Cushman's stunning three-point victory over Mammoth Spring.
It was all Mammoth Spring early thanks to pressure defense on the Bears' part, helping them to a 20-7 lead midway into the second period.
In front 22-15 at the half, the Bears held Cushman to a lone field goal in the third, while getting a pair of treys from Lawrence in the frame, to move in front by 14 after three.
Addison Guy and Jesse Gaines chipped in with four points apiece for the Bears, while Dustin Madden and Zach Sims posted two points each.
Tharp tossed in a game-high 21 for Cushman.
The Lady Bears took the nightcap from Cushman, with Ann Whiteside firing in a game-high 21 points to lead Mammoth Spring to victory.
Jumping on top right out of the blocks, the Lady Bears grabbed a 15-4 lead after one behind nine Whiteside points in the frame.
Up 20-12 midway into the second, the Lady Bears spurted out to a 9-zip run that helped them to a 31-18 cushion at intermission.
Cushman dug away at the lead in the third period, outscoring Mammoth Spring 7-2 in the frame, to pull within 33-25 heading into the fourth.
Courtney Risner answered for the Lady Bears by busting a triple to open the last period, and Mammoth Spring never looked back, knocking of Cushman 57-36.
Jonnie Bellows and Madison Busch had 10 points apiece from Mammoth Spring, with Heather Watson knocking in six. Amanda Nix finished with four, Alyssa Blankenship three, and Kylee Busch two for the Lady Bears.