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Bears toppled by Tigers at NorthArk

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Houston Cooper takes Jasper's Seth Stuart to the hole in Mammoth Spring's 43-41 win over the Pirates in the quarterfinals of the North Arkansas College Tournament. Photo/Mullins [Order this photo]
For the second year in a row, the Mammoth Spring Bears faced off with the Class 3A West Fork Tigers, with the championship trophy of the 38th annual North Arkansas College Invitational Tournament on the line.

And for the second year in a row, the Tigers narrowly escaped with a win over the Bears. This time, it was a 58-49 victory for West Fork, Jan. 7 at Pioneer Pavillion in Harrison.

The third-seeded Bears (18-6), ranked number six in Class 1A hoops, led 10-9 after the first period.

But the top-seeded Tigers made a big push in the second, knocking down five of their 10 3-pointers for the game to pull ahead 28-20 at the half.

West Fork built its lead to 40-29 after three periods of play.

Up by 11 in the final frame, the Tigers saw the Bears make a big run in the last couple of minutes of play, as Mammoth Spring edged within three points of West Fork.

However, that was as close as the Bears could get, and the Tigers held on to win 58-49.

Garrett Wooldridge paced Mammoth Spring with 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Matt Turnbough added nine points.

Wooldridge, Houston Cooper and Mason Brown were all named to the All-Tournament team.

Tim Seaman led West Fork with 24 points, including six 3-pointers.

The Bears rallied from a third-period defecit to knock off the Jasper Pirates 43-41 in the quarterfinals of the tourney Jan. 5.

Mammoth Spring trailed 33-32 heading into the last frame of play.

But that didn't last long, as the Bears climbed in front of the sixth-seeded Pirates early in the fourth.

Garrett Wooldridge (22 points, nine boards, five assists) used a tip-in to give Mammoth Spring a 34-33 advanatge to start the fourth.

Jasper pulled back on top before Wooldridge struck for two more buckets for the Bears.

With Mammoth Spring ahead 41-37 with 25 ticks left to play, Jasper kept hope alive as Colby Pruitt got free for an inside hoop.

But Houston Cooper (12 points) sealed the deal for Mammoth Spring with a pair of clutch charity tosses with 10 seconds showing on the clock.

The Pirates got a stickback near the buzzer, but it was too late as the Bears held on to win 43-41.

Jasper led for the first half of the opening frame, but back-to-back hoops by Wayne Coffey (four points) and Mason Brown (five points) helped the Bears pull even at 11-all.

Cooper blasted a trey with 2:39 left in the first, followed by a 3-ball from Brown at the 1:55 mark, to give the Bears a 17-15 lead after one.

Cooper hit another long trey in the second, but Jasper managed to ease in front 24-22 at intermission.

Dylan Kilgore paced Jasper with 12 points.

In the semi-final round Jan. 6, Mammoth Spring up-ended second-seeded Kingston 54-46.

Brown tallied 20 points, while Coffey added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Wooldridge posted 11 points, pulled down 13 boards and handed out eight assists. Cooper left his mark on the contest with seven assists.

The Bears led 13-12 after one, 28-22 at the half and 35-28 heading into the fourth period.

The Bears opened tourney play with a 60-39 lashing of 14th-seeded Western Grove Jan. 2.

Coffey paced the Bears with 22 points and nine rebounds.

Brown added 18 points, while Cooper had five assists.

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