HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - With 3:36 to pay in the Class 5A boys championship game, Chase Halbrook pulled down a rebound from a teammate's missed free throw, then hit a layup to help Greene County Tech overcome a late rally by North Pulaski and win the state title, 39-34.
The championship is the second in three years for Greene County Tech (26-6). The Golden Eagles also made it to the final in 2008 but lost. North Pulaski (25-7) has never before won a Class 5A title.
Weston Livingston led Greene County Tech with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
North Pulaski Coach Raymond Cooper couldn't explain how his team made only 11 of 57 field goal attempts.
After trailing by a point early in the game, Greene County Tech went up 2-1 with 3:46 left to play in the first quarter and never trailed again. Greene County Tech went up 15-9 at the end of the first quarter and with 3:48 left in the second, had gone up 24-13.
Kyron Ware then hit two 3-pointers and added a lay up and DaQuan Bryant tipped in a basket to help bring North Pulaski within three. Ware ended the game with 19 points to lead North Pulaski.
Greene County responded. In the closing minutes of the game, Weston Livingston hit the first of 2 free throws but missed the second. Halbrook pulled down the rebound, hit the put-back shot, and sealed the win for Greene County Tech.