The Crossett Eagles beat Camden with a buzzer beater on Tuesday and then flew past the Hamburg Lions by one point on Friday.
The two wins took the Eagles from 0-2 in the conference to fourth place and a chance at regionals.
The Lady Eagles won both of their games as well, but by much higher margins.
Against Camden, Derrick Luckey made a three-point buzzer shot for a 63-61 Eagle victory.
Luckey also led the offense with 33 total points scored, followed by James Hampton, who put up 10, and Dewayne Ashford, who scored eight. Hampton also had four rebounds and two blocks.
Coach Dominic Lincoln said Camden is a really tough team and a tough place to play, but for the first time he saw his team play as “grown ups.”
“I thought for the first time we really started to grow up,” Lincoln said.
The team needs to make a lot of improvements Lincoln said, but overall he is proud of them.
“In the end we made one more play than they did and came out with a huge win,” he said.
On Friday the Eagles played the Lions and finished with another close score.
The game was back and forth the entire second half. Luckey shot a three-point to go up 67-64, but with less than a second on the clock the Lions were given three free throw shots that could have tied the game.
The Lions only made two at the line, ending the game at 67-66.
Luckey led the offense with 25 points and Hampton followed with 12 and Jack Rice with 10.
Lincoln said he was really proud of Rice, Hampton and Kantrell Williams for supporting the offense early on when Luckey was struggling offensively.
“It’s a rivalry game that no one wants to lose and we knew it would be tough,” he said.
Lincoln said Hamburg did a great job on rebounding and definitely played more physical than his team, but Lincoln said the team played tough and he believed getting the close win on Tuesday is what motivated his guys to keep pushing no matter how close the score board was.
“I just kept telling them, we are fine we’ve been in this position before,” he said. “They believed in each other and pulled through.”
The Lady Eagles won a close match in Camden 42-31 on Tuesday.
Against Hamburg, the Lady Eagles were in control of the game the entire night, finishing with a final score of 58-32.
Coach Shane Govan said it’s always good to get a big rivalry win and she is proud of her girls, who are currently ranked second in the conference.
Both Eagle teams played in Warren on Tuesday night, but results were not available at press time.
The Eagles will host the Star City Bulldogs next Tuesday at the Crossett arena.
The Lions played in Monticello on Tuesday and will host the Magnolia Panthers on Friday night.