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story.lead_photo.caption Har-Ber's Austin Garrett (left) drives to the basket ahead of Van Buren's Mekhi Burnett Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, during the second half of play in Wildcat Arena in Springdale. Visit to see more photographs from the game.

SPRINGDALE — Springdale Har-Ber bounced back from its first 7A-West loss and remained in a first-place tie in the league thanks to a hard-fought 79-77 overtime win over Van Buren on Tuesday night in Wildcat Arena.

Senior Tylor Perry scored off a drive with 1 minute, 10 seconds left in overtime to give the Wildcats the lead for good and they held on, after trailing by as many as 10 in the second half.

7A-West Boys Basketball Standings

CONF Overall

Springdale Har-Ber ...4-1 ......... 15-4 Bentonville West........4-1 ......... 14-4 Rogers Heritage........3-2 ......... 14-4 Bentonville High ........3-2 .......... 11-5 Fayetteville.................3-2 ..........10-7 Springdale High ........2-3 .......... 11-7 Van Buren .................1-4 ..........10-8 Rogers High ..............0-5 .......... 7-11

Tuesday’s scores

Springdale High 79, Fayetteville 71 Rogers Heritage 50, Bentonville

High 36

Bentonville West 59, Rogers High 48

Springdale Har-Ber 79, Van Buren 77 (OT)

Friday’s games

Bentonville High at Bentonville West Fayetteville at Van Buren

Rogers High at Springdale High

Springdale Har-Ber at Rogers



Van Buren.....18 14 15 22 8 — 77 Har-Ber........13 13 20 23 10 — 79 Van Buren (10-8, 1-4): J. West 20, Kindrix 20, Stewart 18, Burnett 6, Gilmore 5, Z. West 5, Ball 3. Springdale Har-Ber (15-4, 4-1): Perry 25, T. Garrett 16, A. Garrett 14, Buchanan 8, Peck 6, Ezell 5 Bishop 3, Wright 2.

Perry poured in a game-high 25 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter and overtime to help Har-Ber (15-4, 4-1 7A-West) turn back a huge effort from the Pointers.

Har-Ber coach Scott Bowlin was pleased with how his team came together in the second half, after losing a lead late Friday night at Fayetteville.

“I think we gutted it out,” Bowlin said. “It’s something we talked about on Sunday. We know everybody’s going to give us their best shot. Van Buren did that tonight and we were very fortunate to withstand it and win.

“The thing I’m proud of there is that was a team win right there. There was a lot of different guys who contributed in a lot of different ways.”

Perry’s layup gave Har-Ber a 78-77 lead , but Tyler Garrett drew a big offensive foul with 38.3 seconds left to give the Wildcats the ball back with the lead. Perry then made one of two free throws with 29.7 seconds left to pus the lead to two and Har-Ber withstood a Pointers miss at the end.

Austin Garrett added 14 points for the Wildcats. Tyler Garrett chipped in 16 despite sitting out the first quarter for disciplinary reasons.

Van Buren (10-8, 1-4) took an early lead behind 6-foot-8 K.J. Stewart. The Pointers led 32-26 at halftime and pushed the lead to 10 early in the third quarter. But Har-Ber’s full-court pressure helped the Wildcats pull closer and trailed by only one heading into the fourth quarter.

Jordan West and Presley Kindrix led Van Buren with 20 each, while Stewart finished with 18.

Van Buren coach Austin Trembley said the turnovers Har-Ber forced that led to easy baskets on the other end helped get the Wildcats back into the game in the second half.

“Our guys are really down thinking about a missed shot or a missed free throw here or there,” Trembley said. “A coach is thinking about the two times you didn’t sprint back on defense. We talk about trying to be brilliant in the basics and for the most part, we had that mindset. But there was a couple times we didn’t and a good team like that they’ll make you pay for that.”


Sophomores Trentez Scales and Jujuan Boyd combined for 42 points to lead Springdale to a big road victory at Fayetteville.

Scales poured in 27 points and Boyd 15 to lead Springdale (11-7, 2-3), which withstood a fourth-quarter rally by Fayetteville (10-7, 2-3). Springdale led 52-37 before Fayetteville got to within 72-67 after a 3-pointer by Hank Gibbs with 1 minute, 15 seconds left in the game. Scales countered with two free throws for Springdale, which finished 25 of 31 from the line.

Collin Cooper scored 13 points to lead Fayetteville while Carl Fitch added 12 for Springdale.


Seth Stanley scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and Heritage held off an ice-cold Bentonville and knocked the Tigers out of first place in the league standings.

The War Eagles (14-4, 3-2) never trailed and took a 26-19 lead into the fourth quarter, but Josh Smith’s 3-pointer pulled the Tigers (11-5, 3-2) within four. Heritage, however, scored the next nine points and extended its lead to 35-22 after Stanley’s three-point play with 4:46 remaining, and the Tigers never could get any closer than eight again. Dawson Peek added 12 and Logan Clines 10 for the War Eagles. Asa Hutchinson had eight and Michael Shanks seven for Bentonville.


Bentonville West used hot-shooting from beyond the 3-point arc in the second half to turn a three-point advantage at the half into a double-digit victory. West’s Garret Wilmot and Collier Blackburn showed their touch from beyond the arc. Each connected from downtown on consecutive possessions, as the Wolverines (14-4, 4-1) swished threes on four consecutive possessions to stretch their lead to 11 with 1:17 remaining in the third quarter.

Gabe Hornsby led Bentonville West with 11 points. Blackburn scored nine, all from three-point range.

With the loss, Rogers drops to 7-11 overall and 0-5 in 7A West Conference play.

Henry Apple, Rick Fires and Josh Tinker contributed to this report.

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