Neelyville pulled ahead and maintained a 58-44 lead over Mammoth Spring JV at the final buzzer of the Junior Varsity Consolation bracket on Saturday afternoon.
Liberty junior varsity boys out distanced the junior Salem Greyhounds 53-37 on Friday nights semifinal game dropping the Junior Greyhounds into Saturday's third place bracket game.
Thayer's junior varsity Bobcats outran the Willow Springs juniors, 57-45, to advance into Saturday's championship bracket.
Salem took the semifinal consolation round over the Mammoth Spring Bears on Thursday night to qualify for the consolation championship game Saturday evening.
Neelyville almost doubled the score with their win over Willow Springs 66-34 to step into the consolation match up with the Salem Greyhounds.
Liberty and Cabool kept the tournament crowd on the edge of their seats. Although Cabool held a 31-24 lead at the half, Liberty gained momentum and pulled to within two points at the end of the third, 40-38. Both teams were deadlocked at 55 when the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation play. The four-minute overtime maintained it's high level of intensity. Missed free throws by Cabool, and made free throws in the final seconds gave Liberty the 62-60 win, and advancement to the semifinal bracket.
The rough-and-tumble, run-and-gun Thayer team could not keep pace with Alton's pressure defense. Alton jumped out to a 21-4 first quarter lead. The Comets netted 14 points in the second for a 35-17 halftime lead, then stretched that to a 20-point margin 52-32 at the end of three quarters. The Comets' big man in the middle, Wesley Carswell, was Alton's leading scorer with 16. Skyler Chronister dropped in 14 to help the Alton Comets to a 66-45 victory over the Thayer Bobcats, moving Alton into the championship bracket on Saturday night.
Championship rounds Saturday evening ended up with Neelyville taking the Consolation bracket over the Salem Greyhounds 78-67. Thayer held a 12-9 lead after one frame with Cabool. The Bulldogs battled to a four point lead, 30-26, at half, and a 46-37 margin for the Dogs at the end of three periods. The young Bobcats got positive points late in the game from Levi Hargrove, but were not able to close the gap. Cabool won the third place plaque 57-52 over Thayer.
The River Country Chevrolet classic boys championship game was a matchup to determine which team would take the big trophy home. James Denton led the Liberty Eagles with 19 points, and Dakota Sharp poured in thirteen for the game. Alton was up by three, 15-12, after one and seven points, 27-20, at the half.
Only two points separated the Eagles and the Comets after three quarters, 44-42, with the Comets on top. Alton's Chronister powered in 20 points for the game, Kalon Honeycutt added 9 points. Dusty Chester's defense and six points were not enough at the final buzzer. Liberty held a three point advantage, 57-54, to take home the 2012 River Country Classic Championship trophy.