It took a lot of hard work and sweat, along with a big game from Wayne Coffey and some clutch free throw shooting from Houstron Cooper, but the Mammoth Spring Bears topped Concord 47-46 in non-conference hoops action at the Bears' Den on Nov. 4.
Earlier in the evening, the Lady Bears used a balanced scoring attack to blow away Concord 50-30.
The boys' contest was a dogfight from the outset and the intensity only grew as the game progressed.
The Pirates were up 31-27 at intermission, but they hit a brick wall in the third period, as Mammoth Spring outscored them 10-3 in the frame.
Coffey, who had a big first half with 12 points, tossed in six points for Mammoth Spring (5-1) in the third. He finished with 23 for the night.
Concord's lone field goal in the third came via a 3-pointer from Jacob Roark. Roark led all scorers with 30 points in the game.
Garrett Wooldridge (four points and 10 rebounds) hit a layup with 14 ticks left to give the Bears a 37-34 lead after three.
Concord pulled even early in the fourth, but Cooper (12 points, five assists) drilled a 3-ball and then Coffey chipped in with an old-fashioned 3-point play to push Mammoth Spring in front 43-37 with 5:29 left.
The Pirates kept plugging away and when Roark bombed in a trey with 19 seconds left, Concord climbed into the driver's seat with a 46-45 lead.
Concord had a foul to give, but the Pirates fouled twice, the last one coming with 13 seconds left in the game, sending Cooper to the charity stripe.
Cool as a cucumber, Cooper hit a pair of free throws to ease the Bears in front 47-46.
At the other end of the court, Roark missed a pull-up baseline jumper with three Bears in his face.
The Bears secured the rebound with time winding down.
Mammoth Spring missed a chance to pad its lead with a free throw and Concord pulled down the rebound and called timeout with three seconds left.
After the timeout, Hunter Cornelison heaved a desperation shot from near midcourt, but it was off the mark at the buzzer, leaving the Bears with a hard-earned 47-46 victory.
Mammoth Spring trailed for the biggest part of the first half and, despite 12 points from Coffey in the first period, were faced with a 15-14 defecit after one.
Mason Brown finished with four points for Mammoth Spring, while Matt Turnbough had two.
In girls' action, no one scored more than 10 points for the host Lady Bears, but that was OK.
Sydney Peck and Tiffany Angotti had 10 points each, while Kayla Hale finished with eight, Kaitly Haney seven, Brianna Huckabee six and Shy Smoot five, spreading the scoring wealth for Mammoth Spring.
The Lady Bears spotted Concord a 5-0 lead to start the game, before Mammoth Spring ripped off 10 straight points to grab the lead for good.
Concord was down 10-5 after the first period, but the Lady Pirates rallied a bit in the second to pull within 15-10.
Angotti hit a jumper and Haney followed with a 3-ball to build the Lady Bears' lead back to 10, 20-10.
Haney hit another trey late in the second and Laynee French and Smoot hit charity shots down the strecth to help Mammoth Spring to a 29-18 lead at the half.
Concord could not pull any closer in the third and an 8-0 burst deep in the frame helped extend Mammoth Spring's cushion to 42-25 after three.
Caitlin VanGinhoven posted two points, while Alex Taylor added one for Mammoth Spring.
The junior Bears handled Concord 45-36 to start off the evening.
Cody Green had 18 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Collin Powell added 13 points, 15 boards and four assists. Mammoth Spring led 13-8 after one, and 25-18 at the half.