After leading in the beginning and off and on all night, the Crossett boys basketball team lost the Commercial Bank Holiday Championship to the Dermott Rams by a single point at the Drew Central gym Saturday.
The Eagles went into the championship game undefeated after beating Parkers Chapel 51-40 and Lakeside 64-62. Dermott was also undefeated after beating Hampton and Drew Central. The Rams were playing for the tournament championship and to continue their 17-, now 18-, win running streak.
Dermott brought their winning reputation and a multitude of loud fans with them to the Drew Central gym in Monticello.
“Dermott is a really good team and I knew it was going to be a challenge for sure, but they played their guts out and I would say gained a little respect along the way,” Coach Dominic Linocln said.
The Eagles started out with a three-point lead over the Rams, but by the end of the first quarter the Eagles were down 15-9. At half time, however, the score was 24-23 and the Eagles were only down by one.
After the half, the Eagles stayed one or two points behind until Robert Scates hit a two-point shot that put the Eagles in the lead 37-36 mid-third quarter.
Dermott answered with a three-point shot, taking it back up 39-37, but Derrick Luckey put up another two for the Eagles tying it 37-all.
The lead went back and forth until it was tied again at 47 all with 1:02 on the clock. The Eagles went up 49-47, but a three-point from Dermott put the Rams in the lead with seconds on the clock.
Crossett moved the ball down the court, but couldn’t get another basket and the buzzer sounded with 50-49 on the clock.
“I challenged the guys before the game to show no fear and not abandon each other or the plan, that is exactly what they did,” Lincoln said.
Lincoln said that Jaylan Brown played a monster game with 27 total points and 13 rebounds. Scates came up big for the Eagles as well with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“We are headed in the right direction, we have to use this game and get better leading into conference.” Lincoln said.
The Eagles will host Magnolia on Friday and Camden Fairview on Tuesday. The boys will play following two games, the junior girls and senior girls who tip off at 5 p.m.