Behind the hot long-range shooting of Clay Mosley and some tougher-than-nails full-court defense, the Izard County junior Cougars knocked off Mammoth Spring 56-24 in the championship game of the Bill McCurley Junior High Invitational Tournament Oct. 29 at Sloan-Hendrix High School.
Mosley drilled five first-half treys en route to a game-high 18 points for the top-seeded junior Cougars.
Izard County jumped on second-seeded Mammoth Spring right out of the gate and the junior Bears never recovered.
The junior Cougars racked up the first 12 points of the game before Mammoth Spring finally got a bucket from Dustin McKenzie (four points) to break the ice.
Coby Jones (15 points) hit a pair of back-to-back hoops and Mosley sank his second 3-ball of the first late in the frame to give Izard County a commanding 21-4 lead after one.
The junior Cougars kept Mammoth Spring off-balance with a full-court, trapping defense for much of the contest.
Mosley's long-distance bombing didn't let up in the second period, as he nailed three more triples in the frame.
Collin Powell (14 points) found his footing in the second period with six points for the junior Bears, but Izard County took a 37-16 lead to intermission.
The third period didn't help Mammoth Spring's cause any, as the junior Bears could only manage two points in the frame.
Izard County peeled off the last seven points, including four straight from Andrew Walker (eight points), of the third to take a 44-18 advantage into the final frame, en route to the 56-24 victory.
Cody Green finished with six points for the junior Bears.
In the semis Oct. 27, Mammoth Spring pushed past Sloan-Hendrix 46-34.
Powell had a 25-point, 15-rebound double-double, while also handing out five assists and logging seven steals.
Green tossed in 13 points, while pulling down 11 rebounds.
The junior Bears opened the tourney with a 59-37 win over Black Rock Oct. 22.
Mammoth Spring jumped in front 13-5 after the first period, en route to the victory.
Powell logged 19 points, 10 boards and four assists.
Green had 14 points and nine rebounds, while Dustin McKenzie tossed in 11 points for the eventual runner-up Mammoth Spring junior Bears.