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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Daredevils outlast West Side in regional

  • The shortest player on the floor came up big in the clutch. Wonderview guard Corey Collins scored a game-high 21 points, including eight in the fourth quarter as the No. 1 seeded Daredevils eliminated fourth-seeded West Side 68-61 on Wednesday in the first round of the 1A, Region 3 Tournament.
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  • The shortest player on the floor came up big in the clutch. Wonderview guard Corey Collins scored a game-high 21 points, including eight in the fourth quarter as the No. 1 seeded Daredevils eliminated fourth-seeded West Side 68-61 on Wednesday in the first round of the 1A, Region 3 Tournament.
    “We just came up a little short tonight,” said West Side coach Shane Davis. “Wonderview shot the ball extremely well, making nine three’s and we just couldn’t get the ball inside enough to Ben [Hargrove]. They did a good job of keeping two and three kids around him at all times.
    “We made 12 three’s but it seemed like that is all we could get going offensively and we just didn’t make enough, and had some very untimely turnovers late in the game. All in all I am very proud of my guys. One of our goals was to have a memorable overachieving season and winning 21 games only having two kids back that had played much over the last two years. In my mind we did that,” added Davis.
    The first quarter featured nine lead changes as both teams came out firing on all cylinders.
    West Side ripped five three-pointers in the first quarter, one by each starter, as guard Jacob Miller, guard Bryce Hipp, guard Blaine “Pepper” Hipp, forward Dalton Treece and power forward Ben Hargrove each connected from beyond the arc.
    Wonderview drained three shots from beyond the arc in the first quarter ¬ one each from Collins, guard John Beck and forward Hunter Gunderman.
    Trailing by two after Beck converted an old-fashioned three-point play, the Eagles surged in front on Hargrove’s three-pointer and West Side’s dominant power forward added a free throw late in the period.
    With West Side leading 22-20 entering the second quarter, Wonderview stormed in front behind a 10-0 run, which featured four points from forward MJ Griffin and four from Beck, whose baseline drive gave the ’Devils a 30-22 lead with five minutes left in the first half.
    West Side broke its drought at the 3:15 mark of the second quarter when Blaine Hipp popped a three-pointer from right wing. Bryce Hipp then scored in transition, using his quickness to slice past three defenders for a layup, trimming Wonderview’s lead to 30-27 at half.
    The Eagles took the lead early in the third quarter as Miller drained a three-pointer from left wing and Blaine Hipp sank two free throws, but Collins countered with a three-pointer from left wing then guard Milwin Rainey came up with a steal, which led to a three-point play by Griffin.
    West Side pulled within one on a three-pointer by Miller, but Wonderview temporarily seized control with a 7-0 run sparked by Gunderman, who nailed a three-pointer from right elbow.
    Page 2 of 2 - Griffin added a bucket inside and Collins slashed into traffic, where he finished with an spectacular scoop shot as the ’Devils took a 43-35 lead, causing West Side to call for timeout with 4:08 remaining in the third quarter.
    Following the break in action, Blaine Hipp drilled a three-pointer from right elbow and forward Mason Treece scored in the paint off an inbound play. After Collins and Blaine Hipp traded three-pointers, Hargrove turned an offensive rebound into a pair of free throws, pulling the Eagles within one at 46-45 entering the fourth quarter.
    Down 48-46 after Griffin drove left baseline and scored over two defenders, West Side took the lead as Blaine Hipp canned two free throws and Dalton Treece ripped a three-pointer from right corner.
    Gunderman fired back with a three-pointer from left corner, trying the score at 51, before Bryce Hipp flashed into the lane and scored off an assist from Hargrove, who drew a double team on the left block.
    Collins countered with a three-pointer up top, then Griffin swiped a steal and scored as the ’Devils jumped back in front. But West Side continued to battle back, regaining the lead with consecutive buckets from Hargrove and Bryce Hipp, whose gliding bank shot in transition gave the Eagles a 57-56 lead.
    Wonderview responded when Beck slashed down left side of lane and flipped a shot off the glass while drawing a foul and he completed the three-point play.
    Bryce Hipp answered with a 16-foot jumper up top, but Wonderview began to get defensive stops in the final two and a half minutes, outscoring West Side 9-2 to close out the game. Collins sank 5 of 6 free throws in the closing minute to ice the game.
    Following Collins’ game-high 21 points for Wonderview (24-7), Griffin added 16, Beck had 14 and Gunderman finished with 13.
    Blaine Hipp paced West Side (21-13) with 18 points, Bryce Hipp followed with 14, Miller added 11, Hargrove had 10 and Dalton Treece chipped in eight.

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