The West Side Sr. Boys edged Pangburn 59-55 in a benefit game held Friday at Tiger Arena. Pangburn won the Sr. Girls contest, 67-52.
Guard Bryce Hipp led the Eagles to victory with 25 points, four rebounds and two steals, while powerful post player Ben Hargrove added 11 points, grabbed 15 rebounds (nine offensive) and snatched three steals.
Guard Blaine Hipp tossed in 10 points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out seven assists and swiped three steals. Dalton Treece contributed seven rebounds for West Side, which finished 21 of 50 from the field and 5 of 23 from beyond the arc. The Eagles hit 9 of 16 free throw attempts.
West Side Coach Shane Davis, who led the Lady Eagles last season, said crashing the offensive glass helped his team. The Eagles pulled down 13 offensive rebounds – seven more than the Tigers.
“I'm proud of our guys, this was a great way to start the season on the road,” said Davis. “We overcame some adversity with several sophomores on the floor at crunch time, missing several layups, and not shooting particularly well from outside.
“We had several careless turnovers, but they did a good job of getting the ball to Ben in the fourth after he had been on bench a lot in foul trouble. Bryce kept us in it and his bro Blaine had a great game all the way around. We put him on the Brown kid in second half and he did a great job on him, might've been the difference in the game,” added Davis.
Forward Aaron Brown, who transferred from Heber Springs, paced Pangburn with 22 points, including 18 in the first half. Power forward Ty Galyan followed with 17 points for the Tigers, who finished 21 of 53 from the field, 8 of 25 from three-point land and 17 of 25 from the charity stripe.
The Tigers, under the guidance of former Heber Springs assistant coach Chris Yielding, forced 20 turnovers – seven more than West Side.
Pangburn's Lady Tigers fell behind 17-5 early, but battled back to win going away. Post player Savanna Jacobs led the Lady Tigers with 20 points, forward Savannah Tharp added 13 and forward Savannah Burress had 11.
Point guard Abby Turney scored a game-high 24 points for West Side, guard Alexis Barnes contributed 15 and forward Ashley Gentry had nine.
West Side played at Guy-Perkins on Tuesday and travels to Sacred Heart on Friday. After visiting Mount Vernon-Enola on Tuesday, Pangburn hosts Bradford on Tuesday, Oct. 29.