BY EASTON LEONARD –
On Saturday, December 9th, the Mena Jr. Bearcats took on the Fayetteville Jr. Bulldogs in the boys championship game of the Union Bank Jr. Invitational Basketball Tournament.
The Jr. Bulldogs went into their championship game against Mena following wins against Cossatot River and Arkansas High, while the Bearcats went into the game after wins over Umpire and DeQueen.
Fayetteville jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, outscoring the Bearcats 22-14, to take an eight point lead into the second. The Bearcats narrowed down their opponent’s lead in the second quarter, outscoring Fayetteville 16-13, to trail by only five at halftime, 35-30.
Zane Thompson led the Bulldogs with 13 points at halftime, as Mason Brotherton led Mena with 22 points.
In the third quarter, the Bearcats were able to take the lead at one point, outscoring Fayetteville 12-10, but trailed by three, 45-42, going into the final quarter of play. With 4:05 left in the fourth quarter, Mena took the lead over the Bulldogs and did not look back. The Bearcats went on to outscore Fayetteville 16-8, to win the championship by five, 58-53.
Mason Brotherton of Mena was awarded the Player of the Game Award, while Zane Thompson of the Bulldogs was awarded the Hustle Award.
Roman Carlson led the Fayetteville Bulldogs with 16 points on the night, as Zane Thomspon scored 15 points, Zach Hatfield and Quin Cobbs 7 points, Tyrique Wright 4 points, and Jackson Woods and Casey Shipley 2 points each.
Mason Brotherton led the Mena Bearcats with 31 points in the game, while Sam Efird added on 10 points, Max Montgomery 9 points, Jetzai Hernandez 6 points, and Matthew McCravens 2 points.