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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Timberwolves tame Tigers

  • Cedar Ridge forwards Spencer Reaves and Cole Crabtree compiled as many points as Pangburn all together Friday night as the Timberwolves cruised to a 90-46 victory over the Tigers in 2-2A Conference action at Tiger Arena.
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  • Cedar Ridge forwards Spencer Reaves and Cole Crabtree compiled as many points as Pangburn all together Friday night as the Timberwolves cruised to a 90-46 victory over the Tigers in 2-2A Conference action at Tiger Arena. Cedar Ridge jumped out to a 26-14 lead after one quarter of play behind 12 points from Spencer Reaves, six more from point guard Austin Reaves, who drilled two three-pointers, and four apiece from Crabtree and forward Nate Easley. The Tigers sliced their deficit in half at 20-10 when guard Alec Bourgeois slashed down the baseline and finished with a reverse layup, but the Timberwolves outscored Pangburn 7-4 in the final two minutes of the first period. Pangburn forward Hunter Bell contributed two buckets late in the first quarter, using a smooth spin move to get free for a short jumper, then scoring in transition as the Tigers pulled within 12 at 26-14 entering the second stanza. Spencer Reaves picked up where he left off, adding two quick baskets to start the second quarter before Pangburn forward Ty Galyan, who finished with seven points in the period, completed an old-fashioned three-point play off a driving layup. Pangburn forced Cedar Ridge to use a timeout after guard Austin Smith scored in a crowded lane and guard Dillon Parrott swiped a steal and finished with a finger roll. But the Timberwolves came out of the timeout with renewed energy, outscoring the Tigers 12-4 over the next three minutes as Crabtree pumped in six of his nine second-quarter points. Spencer Reaves also scored nine points for Cedar Ridge in the second quarter, including a bucket in the paint off an assist from guard Darrin Cannon, giving the Timberwolves a 52-31 lead at intermission. Cedar Ridge opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run sparked by consecutive baskets from Spencer Reaves and Crabtree, who led the Timberwolves with eight points in the third period. Parrott momentarily slowed Cedar Ridge with a three-pointer from left corner off an assist from guard Chase Hopkins, but the Timberwolves fired back with six straight as Austin Reaves and Crabtree dropped a pair of free throws before Spencer Reaves scored from left block off an assist from Crabtree. Hopkins, who underwent surgery over the weekend after sustaining severe injuries in an automobile accident on Saturday, tried to keep the Timberwolves from reaching the 30-point mercy-rule as he drove right baseline and finished with a reverse layup. With Pangburn trailing 66-36 following Hopkins' basket, Cedar Ridge outscored the Tigers 10-2 in the final two minutes of the third quarter as Austin Reaves and Cannon each ripped a three-pointer. In the fourth quarter with the clock running continuously, Pangburn Coach Johnny Taylor never quit teaching and the Tigers never stopped hustling despite another difficult stretch in which the Timberwolves outscored Pangburn 14-8, setting the final at 90-46. Despite both only logging three quarters of playing time, Spencer Reaves led Cedar Ridge (17-4, 10-0) with a game-high 25 points and Crabtree followed with 21 points. Austin Reaves added 17 points, Easley registered 12, including eight in the fourth quarter while forward Seth Toon chipped in 10 for the Timberwolves. Parrott paced Pangburn with 15 points, Galyan followed with 11 – all in the first half, Hopkins added seven and Smith tallied six.
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