BY EASTON LEONARD –
On Tuesday night, January 9th, the Mena Bearcats senior high basketball team hosted the Nashville Scrappers at the Union Bank Center.
The Bearcats started off the contest on a 6-0 run, but Nashville answered with a 7-0 of their own, forcing Mena to call a timeout with 4:03 left in the first quarter, down by one, 7-6. Following the timeout, Mena outscored the Scrappers 4-2, to take a one point, 10-9, lead into the second quarter of play. Continuing to keep the game close, Nashville edged the Bearcats 14-13 in the second, to tie the game at 23-23 going into halftime.
At the half, D.K. Right led the Scrappers with 9 points, as Connor Harvey led Mena with 10 points.
In a close third quarter, the Bearcats began to take a lead, outscoring Nashville 19-15, to take a four point, 42-38, lead into the final quarter of play. Mena didn’t let up one bit in the fourth quarter, extending their lead, and forcing the Scrappers to call multiple timeouts. The Bearcats went on to outscore Nashville 14-6 in the final quarter, to win the game by twelve, 56-44.
D.K. Kight led the Nashville Scrappers with 13 points on the night, as C.J. Adams scored 12 points, Scott 6 points, Finley 5 points, Ty Pettway 4 points, Gilliam 3 points, and Dunham 1 points.
Connor Harvey led the Mena Bearcats with 25 points, while Daniel Davis added on 10 points, Blake Seals 8 points, Zane Stephens 5 points, Nick Myers 4 points, and Brock Strother and Marc Wilson 2 points each.
Also on Tuesday night, junior varsity Bearcats defeated Nashville 24-19, and the varsity Ladycats continued their losing streak with a 45-30 loss to the Scrapperettes.