GREENBRIER — Vilonia scored the first basket against Beebe, but the Badgers put in the next six and went on to a 52-33 championship game victory Tuesday night in the 11th First Security Bank Battle at the Brier in Panther Pavilion.
Vilonia’s Eagles had trouble getting into an offensive rhythm, stymied inside by the Badgers. The Eagles made only three field goals in the first half. They improved their output in the third quarter, and finally late in the fourth quarter, Vilonia hit a trio of 3-point goals from outside, but the decision was already set then.
Beebe was in the Battle at the Brier for the first time. Vilonia was in the title game for the eighth time in the tournament’s 11 years.
Beebe held a 12-2 edge at the end of the first quarter and was ahead 21-8 at halftime. By the close of the third period it was 35-21.
Beebe’s Devonte Young racked 20 points, including three 3-pointers. Dayton Scott had 10 for the winners. Vilonia got 10 points from Sean Talbert, 8 from Austin Messer and 7 from Cody Brewer.
Little Rock Mills 34
Greenbrier jumped ahead of Little Rock Mills in the first quarter by 10-5 and steadily increased the gap the rest of the game to take the fifth place contest.
By halftime it was 24-15, at the end of the third quarter 34-24, then the Panthers sprinted in the fourth quarter for the final difference.
Neal Burcham hit 26 points for Greenbrier, the only Panther in double figures. Mills had 11 from Chris Jackson and 10 from Kyle Jackson.
Cabot used a strong third quarter to post a 65-55 victory over Charleston in the tournament’s third place match.
Kai Davis racked 27 points for Cabot. Robbie Raggio scored 21 for Charleston, and Jesse Crosswhite had 14.
Conway Christian 67
The Eagles of Conway Christian came on strong in the second half to knock off Sheridan’s Yellow Jackets in the Brier’s seventh place game.
Sheridan was ahead by 27-23 at halftime.
Kirby Powell scored 32 points for Conway Christian, and teammate Zach Johnson put in 25. For Sheridan, Nick Ware had 18 points.