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story.lead_photo.caption Rogers' Elliot Paschal and Springdale Har-Ber's Nic Buchanan go for a rebound Tuesday Feb. 25, 2020. For more images go to (NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. Wampler)

ROGERS -- Springdale Har-Ber coach Tommy Deffebaugh told his players Tuesday night that playing together and doing the dirty work were keys to winning.

The Wildcats did both in the final minutes to earn a 62-53 win over Rogers High on the road and clinch the 6A-West Conference title on Tuesday night.

Har-Ber (21-3, 12-1 6A-West) allowed just one field goal over the final four-plus minutes and outscored the Mounties 12-3 to close the game.

Wildcats coach Tommy Deffebaugh was proud of the way his team came together late in the game.

"For our kids to stick together and I thought in the last part of that fourth quarter we exemplified a lot of team work," Deffebaugh said. "We made some mistakes, but we kept each other up. We pat each other on the back. We pat each other on the butt. We just persevered and hung in there."

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Drew Miller's 3-pointer from the top of the key tied the game at 50 with 4 minutes, 46 seconds remaining. But the Mounties would only manage a Derek Hobbs 3-pointer with a little more than a minute left the rest of the way.

Senior Lawson Jenkins led the way with a team-high 22 points, but it was his putback basket that gave the Wildcats a four-point lead with under three minutes to play. Har-Ber got three shots at it and Jenkins cleaned it up.

Deffebaugh has told his team all season doing what he calls "the dirty work" like rebounding is a key to victory.

"I told them we gotta have everybody fighting their tail ends off on the glass," Deffebaugh said. "In order to win on the road, you've gotta get on the glass and you've gotta make your free throws.

"And sure enough Jajaun Boyd makes free throws at the end Lawson got that big putback. So it takes all those things to win on the road and win a conference championship."

Moments earlier Jajaun Boyd, who added 17, drew a charging foul that wiped out the potential game-tying basket.

Rogers (20-4, 9-4) trailed by double digits in the first half but pulled within 34-28 at halftime thanks mainly to the work of Will Liddell. He finished with a game-high 28 points, but 21 of those came in the first half. Hobbs was also in double figures with 12.

The Mounties close the regular season at crosstown rival Rogers Heritage on Friday, while Har-Ber plays host to Fayetteville.



Springdale Har-Ber (21-3, 12-1): Jenkins 22, Boyd 17, Buchanan 8, Bockelman 5, Eckwood 4, Reltz 2, Pieroni 2, Livingston 2.

Rogers (20-4, 9-4): Liddell 28, Hobbs 12, Paschal 6, Garner 4, Miller 3.

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Bentonville High 40, Springdale High 38

Sawyer Price's layup broke a 36-36 deadlock with around 2 minutes remaining and put Bentonville ahead to stay as the Tigers slipped past Springdale in Bulldog Gymnasium.

Jaylen Lee added another bucket to put Bentonville (17-8, 8-5) up 40-36 before JP Hignite scored against pulled Springdale back within two. The Bulldogs then missed a pair of go-ahead 3-pointers and a game-tying bucket inside just before the buzzer sounded.

Thane Spencer had 11 points and was the only player in double figures for Bentonville. The Tigers played the game short-handed as Brayden Freeman was out with the flu.

Grant James had 11 for Springdale, while Brandon Henry added 10.

Bentonville West 66, Van Buren 61

Riley Buccino scored 20 points and Dillon Bailey 19 to lead the Wolverines past Van Buren on Senior Night.

Luke Allen made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for the Wolverines (10-13, 5-8), who clinched the No. 5 seed from the 6A-West for the state tournament in Bryant. Allen had a key three-pointer in the fourth quarter when West outscored Van Buren 14-7.

Brayden Gilmore scored 21 points and Avery Salisbury 18 for the Pointers (9-16, 3-10).

West has now won consecutive games after beating Rogers Heritage 69-61 to end a six-game losing streak.

Fayetteville 85, Rogers Heritage 62

C.J. Willliams poured in a game-high 35 points tied a school record with eight 3-pointers to help the Purple Bulldogs pull away in the second half.

Williams will now have his name in the Fayetteville record books alongside Payton Willis. Tamaury Releford chipped in 14. Landon Glasper and Matthew Wayman added 10 points each

The Purple Bulldogs (18-8, 10-3 6A-West) trailed 15-9 after a quarter but took the lead 36-34 at halftime. They pushed the lead to 62-49 after three quarters.

6A-Central Boys

Cabot 55, FS Northside 54 (OT)

Cabot outscored the Grizzlies 6-5 in overtime to claim a big 6A-Central win Tuesday.

In a see-saw game from the start, Northside outscored Cabot 11-8 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

Jacob Hudson scored a game-high 17 points for Cabot (17-9, 7-6 6A-Central) and Weston Vaught added 10.

Jaylin Williams scored 16 points for Northside and had 7 rebounds. Jacob Joe finished with 10 points for Northside (18-9, 8-5).

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