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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Reaves, Crabtree guide 'Wolves to win over Heber

  • Defending 2A state champion Cedar Ridge built an early lead and maintained it throughout the game, beating Heber Springs 55-47 on Friday as Division 1 recruit Spencer Reaves, a versatile guard, tossed in a game-high 26 points, while forward Cole Crabtree added 22 in the quarterfinal round of the Lyon College Invitational.
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  • Defending 2A state champion Cedar Ridge built an early lead and maintained it throughout the game, beating Heber Springs 55-47 on Friday as Division 1 recruit Spencer Reaves, a versatile guard, tossed in a game-high 26 points, while forward Cole Crabtree added 22 in the quarterfinal round of the Lyon College Invitational.
    The Timberwolves, who improved to 7-0 for the season, jumped out to a 12-2 lead as Reaves scored the game's first seven points, including a three-pointer from left elbow.
    After guard Austin Reaves, Spencer's younger brother, found Crabtree inside for an uncontested layup, the Panthers got on the board when guard Waren Thomas Olmstead buried a pull up jumper up top.
    Cedar Ridge extended its lead to 12-2 on an old-fashioned play by Crabtree off an assist from Austin Reaves before Heber began to battle back, starting with forward Michael Kramer's three-pointer from left corner off an assist from Olmstead.
    Forward Mason Schroeder hit a free throw and swingman Willie Adkins ripped a three-pointer from left elbow as the Panthers pulled within three, but Spencer Reaves scored inside off an inbound play.
    Willie Adkins countered with a three-pointer from right wing but Austin Reaves dropped a leaner in traffic. Schroeder found guard Austin "Red" Adkins cutting backdoor for a layup but Cedar Ridge pushed its lead to 19-14 on a three-pointer from Crabtree.
    In the closing seconds of the first quarter, Willie Adkins banked home a three-pointer from right wing, pulling the Panthers within two at 19-17 after eight minutes of play.
    Heber closed the gap to one early in the second quarter on four straight points by Schroeder, who hit two free throws and sank a 16-foot jumper up top before Crabtree responded with two free throws and Spencer Reaves buried a heavily defended fade away jumper from left baseline.
    Schroeder fired back with a three-pointer up top, pulling the Panthers with a bucket but the 'Wolves closed the first half with a 9-0 spurt, beginning when Spencer Reaves drove into the lane and dished to Crabtree for two.
    Austin Reaves followed with a jump shot from right wing and moments later Crabtree scored on a breakaway, increasing Cedar Ridge's lead to 32-24 with 2:00 left in the first half.
    Cedar Ridge took its time in the final 2:00 and it paid off as Spencer Reaves recorded a putback and later hit a free throw, leaving Heber with a 35-24 deficit at half.
    Spencer Reaves, a stout 6-3 lefty, drove right side of lane for a layup early in the third quarter before Heber began to chip away once again, starting when Austin Adkins rattled home a three-pointer from top of key.
    Trailing 39-30 after a driving bucket by Crabtree, Austin Adkins popped another three-pointer up top and Schroeder drilled a three-pointer from right wing in transition off an assist from Willie Adkins.
    Page 2 of 2 - Crabtree responded with a basket from left block off an assist from Spencer Reaves, who moments later nailed a three-pointer from right wing. In the final minutes of the third quarter, Crabtree scored again inside off a dime from Spencer Reaves as the 'Wolves closed the period with a 7-1 run while taking a 46-34 lead to the the final eight minutes of play.
    Heber closed the gap to eight at 50-42 midway through the fourth quarter when Olmstead drilled a three-pointer from right wing off an assist from Austin Adkins, but Cedar Ridge essentially sealed the victory with three consecutive, including a basket by Spencer Reaves, who followed his own miss for two.
    Spencer Reaves (26) and Cole Crabtree (22) scored all but seven points for Cedar Ridge.
    Schroeder paced Heber (4-3) with 17 points, Willie Adkins followed with 11, Austin Adkins added nine and Olmstead finished with seven.

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