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Turnbough goes crazy ... drops in eight treys vs. Kingston

Monday, March 14, 2011

Swish.

Thud.

That first sound was the sweet sound of Mammoth Spring's Matt Turnbough as he deftly scorched the nets in the Class 1A quarterfinals an astounding eight times from beyond the 3-point arc.

That second sound was the sound of the Kingston Yellowjackets' hopes of upsetting the Bears come crashing to the ground.

Behind the red-hot stroke of Turnbough, Mammoth Spring blasted past Kingston 67-49 March 4 at Harold Ray Jeffery Gymnasium in Calico Rock, earning the Bears a spot in the state semi-final round.

Turnbough was so dialed in from downtown that his seven first-half treys almost matched the Yellowjackets' (30-9) entire first-half output of 23 points.

The Bears broke open an 11-9 game midway in the first period with a devastating 13-zip run.

Houston Cooper (nine points) started the spurt with a 3-ball, followed by back-to-back long-range jacks from Turnbough (24 points). By the time Caleb Brown (24 points) racked up two straight buckets, Mammoth Spring had moved ahead 22-11.

On top 24-15 at the start of the second, Turnbough proved he still had plenty of firepower left, as he blistered the net four more times from 3-point land in the second, helping Mammoth Spring take a 42-23 lead to intermission.

This pretty much let all the air out of the Yellowjackets' sails, as the Bears extended their lead to 20, 55-35, after three.

Garrett Wooldridge and Blake Greene finished with four points apiece for the Bears, while Chris Young logged two points.

Levi Riley paced the Yellowjackets with 16 points.

In the opening round March 2, Caleb Brown drilled the Blevins Hornets for a game-high 34 points, as the Bears advanced to the quarterfinals with a 72-51 victory.

Mammoth Spring led 25-22 at the half, but keyed by three huge treys from Turnbough, the Bears went on a 13-2 run in the third to pull on top 45-37 after three.

Mammoth Spring then outscored Blevins (23-14) 27-14 in the game's last eight minutes to post the 19-point win.

Wooldridge, who was saddled with foul trouble for a large chunk of the game, finished with 15 points. Turnbough hit for nine, while Mason Brown and Young tallied four points each. Cooper and Blake Greene logged three points apiece.

The Hornets were led by Marcus Williamson's 18 points.



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