HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Wayne Coffey's layup with 26 seconds remaining put Mammoth Spring ahead and the Bears held on for a 42-39 win over Sacred Heart in the boys Class 1A Arkansas state championship game.
The title is the first in school history for Mammoth Spring (36-7). The school last played in the championship game in 1993.
The Bears trailed 39-38 in the final minute before Coffey found room underneath for a layup to put Mammoth Spring ahead 40-39.
Houston Cooper's steal and layup in the closing seconds then secured the win for Mammoth Springs.
The Bears were led by Matthew Turnbough and Garrett Wooldridge with 12 points each while Ryan Sutton scored a game high 14 points to lead the Rebels (34-9).
The Bears led by as many as seven early in the third quarter, but Sacred Heart rallied to take a 30-29 lead after a 3-pointer by Adam Hoyt and Sutton's three-point play put the Rebels up by 33-29 early in the fourth quarter.
Turnbough responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to put Mammoth Spring ahead 35-33.
The Bears finished 5 of 12 on 3-pointers, including a 4 of 8 effort by Turnbough, and have now won 22 in a row against Class 1A opponents.
Sacred Heart rallied to take a 39-37 lead on a fast break layup by Hot with 3:02 remaining. Mammoth Spring, which overcame 21 turnovers, drew to within 39-38 on a free throw by Mason Brown.
Following a turnover by the Rebels with 50 seconds remaining, Coffey broke free on the right side of the goal for the layup that put Mammoth Spring up for good at 40-39. Cooper then sealed the win with his steal and layup.
The Bears were 16 of 30 (53 percent) from the field in the win, while Sacred Heart was just 15 of 44 (34 percent). The championship game appearance was the first for the Rebels.