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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Rebels rally past Concord

  • Trailing by 10 at half, Highland's Rebels rallied to hand Concord its first loss of the season, 75-71, on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Lyon College Invitational Tournament.
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  • Trailing by 10 at half, Highland's Rebels rallied to hand Concord its first loss of the season, 75-71, on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Lyon College Invitational Tournament.
    Tied at 10-all after the first quarter, the Pirates outscored Highland 26-16 in the second quarter as point guard Jacob Roark scored 16 of his game-high 30 points in the period.
    Clinging to a 25-24 lead, Concord closed the first half with an 11-2 run ignited by Roark, who hit two free throws then drained a smooth step back three-pointer up top.
    After power forward Ethan Hebert added three more free throws, guard Colton Billington drained a deep three-pointer from left wing off an assist from Roark before the Rebels finally responded on guard Colby McGuire's leaner from left side.
    With Concord leading 36-26 at half, Highland began to chip away at its deficit, opening the second half with a 6-1 spurt. The Pirates maintained a comfortable lead as Hebert hit a short turnaround jumper in the lane and later Hebert added two free throws following an offensive rebound.
    Highland power forward Avery Johnson's putback pulled the Rebels within five at 42-37 before Hebert scored inside off an assist from Roark. But, late in the third quarter, Highland suddenly pulled within one on consecutive three-pointers from guard Spenser Stowers and McGuire, who hit the shot from right corner off an assist from Stowers, leaving Concord with a 44-43 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
    Highland took its first lead since early in the second quarter when guard Blake Goodson dropped a floater on the Rebels' opening possession of the fourth quarter, but Concord forward Hanse Bowman answered with a driving layup in traffic.
    Johnson notched a tip-in following a steal by Stowers as the Rebels jumped back on top and extended their lead to 49-46 when McGuire scored in transition off an assist from Johnson.
    Concord forward T.J. Richardson countered with a three-pointer from right elbow, but McGuire drove left baseline for a layup. Hebert sank a pair of free throws, which tied the game at 51-all, but the Rebels began to pull away with a 6-0 run that included four points from forward Charlie Fuller and two more from Johnson.
    Hebert responded with a bucket in transition, trimming Highland's lead to 57-53 midway through the fourth quarter.
    The Pirates used a 7-0 run to tie the game as Bowman scored five straight, including a three-pointer from left wing then Roark swiped a steal and scored but Highland began to take advantage from the charity stripe, hitting 13 of 14 free throws in the final 1:35 to seal the victory.
    Roark drilled a 28-foot three-point shot at the buzzer to set the final at 75-71.
    Page 2 of 2 - Highland (4-1) had four players reach double figures as Johnson led the way with 18 points, Stowers and Fuller each added 13 and McGuire chipped in 11.
    Following Roark's game-high 30 points, Bowman tossed in 17 for Concord (13-1) and Hebert finished with 16.

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