It was the Marshall Bobcats who had the muscle and the might in the persons of bulky forward Cody Clarke and 6-8 center Cody Houge.
And the Bobcats' big men certainly delivered, teaming up to score 41 points.
It was the Salem Greyhounds who had the flash and the dash in the persons of cat-quick guard Shane Smith and explosive swingman Adam Montgomery.
As usual, the Hounds' one-two punch of Smith and Montgomery came up huge, as the duo combined for 54 points.
But in a critical matchup of 3A-1 East teams at the Dawg Pound Jan. 15, it may have been a player who recorded just two baskets and a free throw that stood tallest.
Salem's Logan Henley scored five points, but pulled down a game-high 17 boards to help neutralize Marshall's size advantage, as the Greyhounds topped the Bobcats 66-55.
The Lady Bobcats, ranked seventh in Class 3A, started the evening by besting their hosts from Salem 54-40.
In the boys' clash, Smith slashed his way to the rack for a game-high 32 points, while Montgomery followed with 22 on the night.
But it was Salem's defense that was the story of the first half, as the Hounds paid particular attention to Houge, swarming him in the paint like a bunch of hungry bees after honey every time the big guy caught the ball with his back to the basket.
This collapsing defense was spot-on, with Salem limiting Marshall to just two field goals and five points in the second period.
The Bobcats got several good looks at the hoop in the second, but no second-chance points, as Henley scooped up Marshall's misses for Salem.
With the Hounds up 13-11 after one, Forrest Rose added to this lead for Salem by opening the second period with a long-range trey.
Then Montgomery took advantage of the Greyhounds' up-tempo attack by posting Salem's next five points. Smith chipped in with a 3-ball, and with 2:16 left in the half, Salem had fashioned a 10-point lead, 24-14.
Garrett Brickey closed the book on the first half with a putback that sent the squads to intermission with the Greyhounds in grasp of a 28-16 lead.
Despite leading by 12 points at the outset of the third, the frame was not exactly a walk in the park for the Hounds.
Marshall came out of the locker room refreshed and proved so by scoring the first nine points of the third to pull within three points, down 28-25.
Smith hit Salem's first hoop of the third at the 4:59 mark of the frame, and it was a big one -- a trey.
Forty seconds later, Montgomery drilled a triple to start a period-ending 10-3 run for Salem, pushing the Greyhounds back on top by 11, 41-30, after three.
Salem kept this roll going in the fourth, with Smith hitting two straight hoops, and J.W. Blevins adding one, to stretch the Hounds' lead to 47-30.
Marshall did cut into Salem's cushion a bit late in the fourth, but Montgomery hit the Greyhounds' last six points of the game to push his squad to a 66-55 victory over the visiting Bobcats.
On the girls' side of things, it was obvious that Salem was in a bit of a hole against the defending 3A state champions from Marshall right from the outset, as starter Chelsea Maguffee was forced to watch the action from the bench, a pair of crutches by her side.
And to add to that, Marshall's Andrea Loggins had a big night, tossing in a game-high 24 points on the evening.
But to their credit, the Lady Greyhounds hung tough. It just seemed like every time Salem would get within striking distance in the first half, the Lady Bobcats would pull up and hit a big 3-pointer to keep Salem at arm's length. Marshall racked up six treys in the first half, including one near the end of the first period that staked the Lady Bobcats to a 16-8 lead after one.
Jenny Neal (16 points) spun free for a pair of hoops early in the second that kept Salem close, while Jamie James (four points) added a bucket and Laci Long (four points) tossed in two free throws as Salem battled out of a double-digit hole.
Stephanie McCullough (four points) knocked down Salem's first 3-ball of the half at the 1:59 mark of the second, but the Lady Greyhounds were down 34-19 at the half.
Leslie Taylor (seven points) tossed in five points in the third for Salem, including a period-ending triple, but Marshall took a 43-28 lead into the fourth.
Salem outscored Marshall 12-11 in the last frame, but the Lady Bobcats' lead was still safe, as Marshall came away with a 54-40 victory.
Terra Kinder finished with four points for the Lady Greyhounds.
The Hounds ended the week with a 58-43 victory over the Yellville-Summit Panthers in conference play.
Henley had another big night for Salem by posting an 18-point, 12-board double-double.
Montgomery tossed in 16 points, while Smith logged 14 for Salem.
The Lady Greyhounds fell to Yellville-Summit by three, 47-44, to start the night.
Neal led Salem with 16, while James added 11.