BY EASTON LEONARD –
Last week, on Tuesday, November 28th, the Mena senior high Bearcats basketball team hosted their rival Waldron Bulldogs at the Union Bank Center.
In a close first quarter for the majority, the Bearcats were able to pull away, and take a 17-13 lead into the second quarter. Both stayed close together in the second quarter as well, as Mena scored eight points and Waldron nine. Mena took a three point, 25-22, lead into halftime.
At halftime, Connor Harvey led the Bearcats with 8 points, while Brown led Waldron with 8 points as well.
Mena started to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-14, to take an eight point, 44-36, lead into the final quarter of play. Reaching within four points at one time, Waldron was not able to make a comeback against the Bearcats, as Mena went on to win by seven points, 63-56.
Brown led the Waldron Bulldogs will 33 points on the night, as Toil scored 9 points, Williams 7 points, Dozier 4 points, Shaddon 2 points, and Avila 1 point.
Connor Harvey led the Mena Bearcats will 25 points scored, while Zeb Wilson added on 14 points, Brock Strother 12 points, Zane Stephens 6 points, Nick Myers 4 points, and Blake Seals 2 points.
Also this past week, Mena competed in the Citizens Bank Tournament at Van Buren High School. On Thursday the Bearcats lost to Fort Smith Southside (81-41), on Friday Mena defeated the Fort Smith Patriots (57-17), and on Saturday the Bearcats defeated Subiaco Academy (70-65) to win fifth place.
This Friday, December 8th, the Bearcats will travel to Cossatot River to take on the Eagles.