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The Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds defeated Riverside 68-64 in the boys final of the 58th annual Williams Baptist College Basketball Tournament Saturday at WBC's Southerland-Mabee Center. Team members include (front, from left): Tommy Haynes (manager), Logan Dail, Braden Brand, Jordan Dail, Dylan Decker, Dakota Jones, Seth Gholson (manager), Briar Miller (manager); (back) Randy Tucker, Colby Johnson, Tyler Murphy, Kierce Due, Brantley Gholson, Ben Meigs, Hunter Stallings, Corey Hill, Jacob Smith, Dakota Ratliff, Billy McCune (manager) and head coach Jeremy Cude. Not pictured are managers Anthony Campbell and Jamie Zimmerman.

S-H, Pocahontas claim WBC titles

Walnut Ridge's Tristan Hoffman shoots over a Tuckerman defender during second-round action in the Williams Baptist College Tournament on Nov. 30. The Bobcats dropped the close contest 56-51.
TD Photo ~ Ashley George

The 58th annual Williams Baptist College High School Tournament came to a close on Saturday with champions being crowned in the boys and girls divisions.

Boys final
S-H - Riverside

The Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds overcame a slow start to defeat the Riverside Rebels 68-64 in the boys championship of the WBC Tournament on Saturday at WBC's Southerland-Mabee Center.

The Rebels opened up a 22-2 lead before the Greyhounds clawed their way back into the contest, getting within four at the end of the first half.

A back-and-forth final half saw numerous lead changes before Sloan-Hendrix took a three-point lead with less than a minute remaining. A Riverside bucket, followed by a steal, gave the Rebels a chance to regain the lead. However, a traveling violation proved costly, as the Greyhounds regained possession and hung on for the win.

It was the sixth WBC Tournament championship for Sloan-Hendrix, and the first one since 1976.

Riverside's Gavin Stone scored a game-high 32 points, while Braden Overman reached double-figures with 10 for the Rebels.

Four Greyhounds scored double-digits with Hunter Stallings leading the way with 16. Following him were Braden Brand with 13 points, Colby Johnson with 12 and Tyler Murphy with 10. Jacob Smith added eight points, and Ben Meigs finished with five points. Jordan Dail chipped in four points.

The boys All-Tournament team included: Cole Woolard and Luke Rogers of Corning; Kirk Beshears of Rector; Chaylun Dennis and Bomani Roberson of Tuckerman; Clayton Hale and Austin Dalton of Pocahontas; Colby Johnson and Tyler Murphy of Sloan-Hendrix; and Chris Sain, Dylan Austin and Gavin Stone of Riverside.

Maynard was awarded the boys Sportsmanship award.

Girls final
Pocahontas - Marmaduke

The Pocahontas Lady Redskins jumped to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Marmaduke's Lady Greyhounds 60-25 to claim the girls championship of the WBC Tournament.

The Lady Redskins claimed a 15-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and were up 33-11 at the half. The score was 50-21 at the end of the third stanza.

Kristen Wiseman had 19 points to lead the way for Pocahontas, followed by Rylie Mangold with 11 and Makayla Kirk with 10.

Natalie Lentz had six points to pace the Lady Greyhounds.

It was a matchup of two perennial contenders at the WBC Tourney. Pocahontas won the title for the third time in the past seven years, while Marmaduke's girls have won the tournament nine times previously.

The girls All-Tournament team included: Carly Otwell of Hillcrest; Jordyn Lane of Tuckerman; Kaytie Manatt of Corning; Caylea Johnson of Sloan-Hendrix; Whitlee Layne and Mallory Hartley of Bay; Jordan Mays, Natalie Shelton and Natalie Lentz of Marmaduke; and Makayla Kirk, Kristen Wiseman and Ashlyn Ellis of Pocahontas.

Sloan-Hendrix received the girls Sportsmanship award.

Semifinals
Friday
S-H - Tuckerman boys

Sloan-Hendrix raced to a 10-point halftime advantage on their way to a 76-53 win over Tuckerman in a boys semifinal game on Friday.

Meigs led four Greyhounds in double figures with 18 points, and Stallings finished with 14 points. Murphy added 12 points, and Smith added 10. Johnson had seven points, and Jordan Dail added six points. Kierce Due chipped in three points, and Braden Brand, Logan Dail and Corey Hill scored two points apiece.

Dennis led Tuckerman with 18 points, and Roberson added 14.

Marmaduke - Bay girls

The Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds edged the Bay Lady Yellowjackets 39-38 in girls semifinal action.

Lentz scored 13 points for Marmaduke.

Layne had 14 points, and Hartley added 11 for Bay.

Riverside - Pocahontas boys

Stone poured in 32 points to lead Riverside to a 63-38 rout of Pocahontas in a boys semifinal game.

Dylan Austin chipped in 11 points for Riverside.

Hale had 11 points for Pocahontas.

Pocahontas - Corning girls

The Pocahontas girls punched their ticket to the finals with a 57-45 win over Corning.

Ellis led the Lady Redskins with 25 points, and Wiseman added 16.

Manatt led Corning with 25 points.

Wednesday
WR - Tuckerman boys

Tuckerman held off Walnut Ridge 56-51 in second-round action on Wednesday.

Tuckerman led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, 27-24 at halftime and 44-33 heading into the final period.

Tristan Hoffman scored 14 points, and Drew Flippo had 13 for Walnut Ridge. Andrew Coker finished with 10 points, and Luke Harper added nine. Slade Dalton had four points, and Cade Burris added a free throw.

For Tuckerman, Roberson had 17 points, followed by Zane Smith with 15, and Dennis with 13.

Riverside - Rector

Austin scored 23 points, and Stone had 20 as the Riverside Rebels downed Rector 76-53 in a second-round game.

Beshears scored 21 for Rector, and Hunter McNeely had 12.

Tuesday
S-H - Corning boys

Sloan-Hendrix edged Corning 91-88 in a boys second-round game on Nov. 29.

Corning led 25-20 at the end of the first quarter, but Sloan-Hendrix held the Bobcats to 11 points in the second period and moved into a 42-36 halftime lead. Corning cut the lead to 63-59 after three quarters, but the Greyhounds were able to hold off the Bobcats in the final quarter for the victory.

Six Greyhounds finished in double figures, led by Johnson with 18 points. Smith had 17 points, and Stallings added 15. Meigs added 13 points, while Murphy and Jordan Dail tossed in 11 apiece. Due added four points, and Brand added two points.

Rogers led Corning with 20 points.

Marmaduke - Tuckerman girls

Marmaduke defeated Tuckerman 52-37 in a girls second-round game.

Shelton led Marmaduke with 14 points. Lentz had 12 points, and Jordan Mays added 11.

Jordyn Layne led Tuckerman with 14 points.

Pocahontas - Marmaduke boys

The Pocahontas Redskins defeated Marmaduke 63-52 in second-round action on Nov. 29.

Austin Dalton led the Redskins with 20 points, while Hale and Terren Mann each had 10 points.

Derek Agee scored 21 points, and Bryson Horton added 20 for Marmaduke.

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