In hopes of reversing an early-season loss to Black Rock, the Mammoth Spring Bears came out red-hot to start the Feb. 8 rematch.
And Mammoth Spring would have its revenge in this clash of two of the top-ranked teams in Class 1A, with the Bears downing the Zebras 68-59.
In the first half of the first quarter, helmets and shoulder pads should have been included in the players' equipment bags, as the officials allowed the competition of the game to become pretty rough and tumble.
Near the mid-point in the first quarter, the whistles helped regulate the pressure cooker tension on the floor.
Mammoth Spring's Matt Turnbough found his stroke in the corner from outside of the 3-point arc, blasting the Zebras for three consecutive treys in the half.
The Bears held an 18-9 lead to end the first.
The Zebras came galloping back with points on perimeter shots from Khris Foster and pullup jumpers from Joe Paul Carey, to pull within one point of the Bears' lead at the half, down 31-30.
The Bears made adjustments during the halftime break and came out in unison.
The always-dependable Chris Young became another stripe on whichever Zebra he was defending, with Mason Brown coming off the bench to pick up some rebounds and drop in a couple of quick scores for the Bears.
As Houston Cooper directed traffic from the point, the Bears ran their multiple screen motion offense to pick up points and trips to the free throw line.
Holding a 48-36 lead at the end of the third quarter, Mammoth Spring continued to be confident and patient.
Pinpoint passing from Turnbough and Cooper hit Garrett Wooldridge in the lane.
Out of double teams, Wooldridge was able to find Caleb Brown slashing down the lane.
As the final frame counted down, the Bears pasted more stripes on the Zebras with a couple more 3-pointers from Turnbough, along with some easy points in the paint, for a big 68-59 Mammoth Spring win.