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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Eagles nip Panthers in OT

  • Mayflower forward Hayden Long sank six three-pointers while scoring a game-high 27 points and point guard J.P. Perry added 14 points, including two crucial baskets in overtime as the Eagles nipped Heber Springs 57-54 on Tuesday at the Panther Den.
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  • Mayflower forward Hayden Long sank six three-pointers while scoring a game-high 27 points and point guard J.P. Perry added 14 points, including two crucial baskets in overtime as the Eagles nipped Heber Springs 57-54 on Tuesday at the Panther Den.
    "No. 23 (Long) is shooting over 75 percent from the field coming in," said Kyzer. "He has an unbelievable looking shot, he is so big and he fades a little bit on it. It's hard to get to. And then if you lean too hard he can drive it a little bit too.
    "No. 1 [Perry] is great at wedging in between. He is hard to stay in front of. He is having a great year. He had 35 at Vilonia last game with 11 assists. He is Marcus Monk's cousin. Those two are tough, they both play for the Arkansas Wings and are really good players," added Kyzer.
    The Panthers took an early 9-4 lead as forward Mason Schroeder hit a 17-foot jumper from right wing and swingman Willie Adkins, making his debut for Heber, drilled a three-pointer up top.
    Long, who nailed three 3's in the first quarter, tied the score at 10-all with a a pair of three-pointers launched from top of the key.
    Long later added a three-pointer from right elbow, giving the Eagles a 13-12 lead before Schroeder canned two free throws and Willie Adkins passed to guard Waren Thomas Olmstead, who finished with a finger roll in transition.
    Heber pushed its lead to 18-13 entering after one quarter of play when Olmstead slashed through the Eagles' defense for a layup.
    Mayflower jumped on top by opening the second quarter with a 9-1 run, which included seven points from Long, who ripped a three-pointer from right wing off an assist from forward Trey Lasker, extending the Eagles' lead to 24-19.
    The Panthers responded with a 9-0 spurt sparked by Schroeder, who hit two free throws then dished to forward Michael Kramer, who scored in traffic while drawing a foul. After completing the three-point play, Kramer later added two more from the charity stripe, giving Heber a 26-24 lead with 2:03 left in the first half.
    Olmstead hit a pull up jump shot in transition, but Perry drove right baseline and dropped a tough shot in traffic before Schroeder knocked down two free throws, pushing the Panthers' lead to 30-26 at half.
    Heber scored four consecutive to open the third quarter as Schroeder caught the ball at the high post and drove to the basket for a layup and Willie Adkins hit a floater in transition.
    Mayflower guard Bradley Chambliss countered with a driving layup while drawing contact and he completed the three-point play, but Schroeder used a spin move to get free for a layup.
    Page 2 of 3 - Perry found Lasker in transition for a layup and Perry added a follow shot as the Eagles refused to go away, pulling within three at 36-33.
    Olmstead beat his defender for a layup and Willie Adkins popped a three-pointer from left corner off an assist from guard Austin "Red" Adkins, but Mayflower outscored the Panthers 12-5 in the final three and a half minutes of the third quarter.
    During the Eagles' surge, Long sank a pair of three-point shots, including a deep one launched out front that cut Heber's lead to 46-45 entering the final eight minutes of play.
    Mayflower continued to hold the hot hand early in the fourth quarter, taking the lead on guard Drew Duncan's three-pointer from left corner. After Perry followed his own miss for a basket, Austin Adkins ripped a deep three-pointer from top of the arc, slicing the Eagles' lead to 50-49 midway through the final period.
    The Panthers regained the advantage when Austin Adkins picked a steal and found Schroeder filling the lane for a fast break layup, but Long tied the game with a free throw and a traveling violation gave the Eagles a chance to win in regulation but Long's three-point attempt from top of the key came up just short.
    Long gave Mayflower a 53-51 lead early in overtime with a bank shot from right side, but Austin Adkins retaliated with a three-pointer from left elbow off an assist from Schroeder.
    Perry then took over, slashing left side for a layup and moments later turning an offensive rebound into a short jumper from left baseline as the Eagles snatched a 57-54 lead.
    With 13.6 seconds remaining, Mayflower committed a turnover, but the Panthers missed on a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
    Kyzer said Mayflower, which improved to 4-1, showed some new wrinkles against the Panthers. "It was just a struggle all night. We couldn't get in a rhythm [against] the 1-3-1 zone. They haven't run it all year. They have been running some 2-3. We haven't even prepared for a 1-3-1. I think I finally got them lined up toward the end there.
    "We've been struggling from three-point range all year. We are getting good looks and we've got good shooters. Another thing they threw at me that we haven't seen all year is the flex offense. They got us spaced out because of No. 23 (Long). And the other thing is we are doing a poor job when transition isn't there of getting into our offense," said Kyzer, adding "Coach Kyzer didn't have us ready for two things they did tonight and that totally hit us by surprise."
    Schroeder scored 18 points to lead Heber (3-2), Olmstead followed with 12, Willie Adkins had 10 and Austin Adkins finished with eight.
    Page 3 of 3 - Weather permitting, the Panthers opened 2-4A Conference play at Stuttgart on Friday night and play in the first round of the Lyon College Tournament in Batesville today at 5:45 p.m.

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