Eagles beat Lions in double overtime

The Crossett Eagles and the Hamburg Lions took their local high school sports rivalry to the basketball court Dec. 15, and neither side seemed willing to give. The game went into double overtime before the Eagles were able to clench the victory. (VAL GAUGHT/News Observer)


The Crossett Eagles basketball team started last week with a loss, but finished with two wins when they beat Star City on Thursday and local rival Hamburg High School in double overtime on Friday night.

The sports week started with the Tuesday loss, when they fell to Camden Fairview 55-51. Derrick Luckey scored 14 points for the Eagles. Jaylon Brown put up nine and Taevy Brown and Dewayne Ashford each scored eight.

The Eagles followed the loss with two overtime wins. The first win was a 73-63 victory over the Star City Bulldogs. Luckey again led the offense with 27 points and Jack Rice came in second with 14. Jaylon Brown scored 11 and Tyrique Jones put up nine.

Friday saw an even tougher win as the Eagles hosted Hamburg High School’s Lions and won 65-62 in the second overtime period. 

The win seemed more likely in the first half with Eagles leading for the majority of the first two quarters. Right before the half time buzzer, however, the Lions closed the gap to 27-26. The Lions stayed within four points of the Eagles the rest of the night. With around three minutes left in the fourth quarter, they tied it at 47-all. The fourth quarter ended with 51-51 on the board. The Lions led the first overtime by two points until nearly the end, when the Eagles managed to tie it up again.

In the second overtime, Hamburg was in the lead and Luckey shot two free throws to tie it up and got another basket in to put the Eagles up by two. The Lions were headed to their side of the court with the ball when the buzzer sounded. The Eagles are now 4-2 in conference play. 

They hosted the Warren Lumberjacks on Tuesday night, but results were not available at press time. They will travel to Pine Bluff on Friday to face Watson Chapel.

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