They had their chances late but just couldn't find a bucket when they really needed it.
Down 31-30 to the Thayer Bobcats late in the fourth period Dec. 18, the Mammoth Spring Bears had a chance to pull ahead on three straight possessions but just couldn't connect with a hoop and the Cats held on for the one-point win.
Justin Shipp came out on fire for the homestanding Bobcats and tossed in his team's first 20 points of the contest.
Thayer led 16-10 after the first period and 26-16 at the half.
The Bobcats stood in front 29-20 after three periods of play, but Mammoth Spring outscored Thayer 10-2 in the fourth to keep hope alive for the Bears.
Wes Coffey paced the Bears with nine points. Houston Cooper dished out five assists.
In girls' action, the Lady Cats were just too much for Mammoth Spring and Thayer rolled to a 61-15 victory.
Thayer jumped on top 18-3 after the first period and after outscoring the Lady Bears 22-3 in the second, took a 40-6 advantage to intermission.
Outscoring Mammoth Spring 16-4 in the third, the Lady Cats held a 56-10 lead after three.
Kaley Hebert paced Thayer with a game-high 22 points, while Whitney Mills had 13 and Samantha Oakes 11.
Melisa Cabrales finished with four and Meshila Mullins three. Lauren Hargus, Courtney Hargrove, Miranda Webber and Kelsey Steed posted two points each. Laken Martin tallied one point for Thayer.
Kendal Rogers led Mammoth Spring with six points. Jamie Bellows added three, with Amy Young, Brittany Bearden and Tiffany Angotti posting two points apiece.