After a nail-biting game that often saw the lead switch back and forth by only one point, the Hamburg Lionsg grabbed the win against the Crossett Eagles on Friday night.
The Eagles were the first to go up on the scoreboard with a two-point basket by Quendarious Hampton, but Lion Jalen Wilson answered with back-to-back three-point shots, giving the Lions a 6-2 lead early in the game.
The Eagles tied up the score a few times in the first half and even took the lead a few times. The score was tied eight-all and Derrick Luckey shot a two-point for the Eagles, putting Crossett in the lead 10-8.
Luckey got another shot at the free throw line to make the score 11-8, but Caleb Bridges shot for the Lions, closing the gap to a one-point lead.
After further play, the Eagles were leading 14-10, but a couple of free throws by Wilson and a three-point shot by Trey Brown put the Lions back on top 15-14.
Brown shot for two to put the Eagles up by one, and D.J. Johnson answered to put the Lions up 17-16.
Hampton shot for three and the Eagles were leading again 19-17, but Wilson answered with three more and the Lions were up again.
“Hamburg is always going to be a physical, intense, game, and I’m very proud of both teams for playing the right way and carrying themselves with class the entire game,” Eagle Coach Dominic Lincoln said.
The Eagles tied up the score two more times and even took a 37-35 lead with with less than a minute in the half. Wilson shot a three-pointer with seconds on the clock to give the Lions a 38-37 half time lead.
“I was proud of our effort and energy, but I thought we didn’t execute as well as we needed to and they were better than us on the glass,”Coach Lincoln said.
The Lions held on to a small lead for the second half and ended with a 71-67 win over the Eagles.
“This loss is our seventh of the season by single digits, so we have been close all year in games but haven’t been able to finish,” Lincoln said.
Jalen Wilson scored 29 points for the Lions and had five rebounds. Nigel Lewis was behind Wilson with ten points and Caleb Bridges, Trey Brown and Dj Johnson each scored eight points for the Lions. Lewis also had three steals and six assists.
Jalen Brown scored the most for the Eagles with 21 points. Hampton was in behind Brown with 17 points and Derrick Luckey was behind Hampton with 16 total points.
The Hamburg boys’ win gave the Lions another point for the James D. Rankin trophy, giving the Lions three points to the Eagles’ five. There are still four sports left and plenty of opportunity for Hamburg to catch up and claim the Rankin award.
The Eagles will host Star City on Friday night for their last regular season game and their senior night ceremony.
The Lion teams played Magnolia Tuesday night, but results were not available at press time.
The Lions will host Camden Fairview on Friday for their last regular season game of the year.