Senior boys win opener at NAC tourney

Monday, January 9, 2006
Highlander athlete Jesse Alexander took a blow to the forehead in practice last week and now has to wear a protective mask during games. He competed hard, battled for rebounds, and scored 4 points in Wednesday's game with Yellville- Summit. David McNeal/Carroll County News

HARRISON -- The Eureka Springs Highlanders made a good start in the North Arkansas College Senior Boys Invitational Wednesday night when they defeated the Yellville-Summit Panthers 66-62 to advance to Thursday's game.

Eureka faced Valley Springs on Thursday in the second round of the tournament, playing their third night in a row.

Vs. Yellville-Summit

23-19, 37-34, 52-44, 66-62

Eureka (13-7) did it with hard-nosed defense and success at the free throw line. The Highlanders made 21 of 33 free throws in the game, 12 of 16 in the fourth quarter, with guard Paul Sebby netting 11 of 14 of those, and 8 of 10 in the fourth.

"You have to shoot free throws well to beat good teams," Coach Cornelison said. "We focus a lot on free throws, work on it a lot, and so far, it's working for us."

Coach said the team had to come out fast as the Panthers were "a matchup nightmare. They're all 5-10, quick, and can shoot the daylights out of it. We had trouble guarding them."

One Panther that was on fire was Spencer Adams, who scored 33 on the night, 21 the first half.

"We guarded a little better in the third quarter and they played a zone, so we held the ball a little bit in the fourth and it became a foul-a-thon," Cornelison said.

Scoring- ES- Sebby- 19, 11/14 Fts; Waylon Wolfinbarger- 16; Jordan Parsons- 11, 3 3s; Josiah Price- 10, 2 3s; John Kniess- 6; Jesse Alexander- 4. Team- 21/33 Fts., 12/16 4th.

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