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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • West Side unloads on T-Birds in 2nd half

  • West Side looked like a different team in the second half on Tuesday night. After falling behind by five at halftime, the Eagles unloaded on Guy-Perkins in the third quarter, using a 21-2 run to seize control while gliding to a 91-77 win over the Thunderbirds.
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  • West Side looked like a different team in the second half on Tuesday night. After falling behind by five at halftime, the Eagles unloaded on Guy-Perkins in the third quarter, using a 21-2 run to seize control while gliding to a 91-77 win over the Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds, who were playing in their first game of the season, held a 47-39 lead early in the third period before West Side stormed in front, starting with a 7-0 spurt sparked by power forward Tyler Inman's bucket in the paint. Guard Bryce Hipp added a pair of free throws then guard Jacob Miller drained a three-pointer as the Eagles pulled within one at 47-46 before Guy guard Cole Dixon sank two from the charity stripe. Down 49-46, the Eagles unleashed a 14-0 run to take control as power forward Ben Hargrove scored inside then guard Blaine Hipp added a bucket off a back cut and assist from Hargrove. West Side's game-changing run continued as Miller secured an offensive rebound and canned a 15-foot jumper from right baseline and Hargrove scored in transition off a smooth lob from Bryce Hipp. Following a free throw by Bryce Hipp, forward Dalton Treece used a ball fake to get free and drilled a three-pointer up top. On the Eagles' next possession, Treece sank a midrange jump shot from left baseline off an assist from Inman. “Kids did a good job of answering the bell in the second half,” said West Side Coach Shane Davis. “Sloppy first half ... 19 turnovers opposed to seven in second. We shot it really well and really got up and down the court well and I think really wore them down in the second half and had some kids really step up off the bench. “We have to get better as far as taking care of the ball, 26 turnovers usually gets you beat but luckily our kids stepped up their defensive intensity in the second half, contested shots better, got the rebounds and converted really well on the offensive end. We got a battle coming up at Sacred very tough place to play Friday (today),” added Davis. With West Side suddenly leading 60-49, the Thunderbirds closed the gap with six straight as guard Timothy Campbell hit two foul shots, Dixon swiped a steal and scored, then post player Jimmy Miller followed his own miss for a bucket. Leading 60-55, West Side countered with seven straight, beginning when Hargrove pulled down a strong rebound and scored. Inman followed with a turnaround bank shot and Miller busted a three-pointer, pushing the Eagles' lead to 67-55 late in the third quarter. The Eagles led 69-58 entering the fourth quarter but Guy trimmed its deficit to single digits on a 12-foot floater from left side by Campbell. Hargrove quickly answered in transition then Bryce Hipp scored four straight, including a spinning bank shot over two defenders. Leading 73-63 early in the fourth quarter, West Side essentially put the game out of reach with four straight as Inman hit a well-defended turnaround shot from foul line and Blaine Hipp dropped a floater in the lane. The Thunderbirds (0-1) opened the game on fire as Dixon scored 13 points in the first quarter. Utilizing its pressure defense, Guy built a 21-8 lead with a 12-0 run that started and ended with baskets by Campbell. Trailing 27-18 after the first eight minutes of play, West Side opened the second quarter with an 8-0 spurt as Hargrove spun in the lane and hit a short jumper before Dalton Treece and Miller nailed back to back shots from beyond the arc. Dixon's three-pointer from left corner gave the Thunderbirds a 38-29 lead midway through the second period, but West Side responded with a 10-0 run behind the consistent play of Bryce Hipp, who popped a deep three-pointer from right wing. Bryce Hipp then split two defenders for a layup and moments later finished with a finger roll in transition. The Eagles took a brief 39-38 lead on a free throw by Hargrove and two more from Bryce Hipp. But Dixon countered with a tough fall away, forward Cameron Davis hit a free throw and Campbell used a smooth crossover to shake a defender before dropping a floater while drawing contact. Campbell completed the three-point play with 6.4 seconds left in the first half, giving the Thunderbirds a 44-39 lead at intermission. Campbell scored a game-high 28 points for Guy-Perkins, Dixon followed with 25 and guard Trey Davis added eight – all in the first quarter. The Thunderbirds finished 25 of 74 from the field, only hitting 8 of 40 shots in the second half. Bryce Hipp paced West Side (2-0, which finished 33 of 57 from the field, including 7 of 18 from beyond the arc, with 23 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Hargrove added 20 points and 11 rebounds, Miller had 11 points and five rebounds, Blaine Hipp racked up a triple double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while Dalton Treece had nine points and Inman chipped in eight. The Eagles hit 7 of 18 free throws.
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