After draining almost every drop of emotion for the second night in a row in the First Security John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational, the Conway Wampus Cats had to get technical to claim the boys trophy Saturday night.
A technical foul in the second overtime resulted in four Conway free throws and gave it the emphasis for an 87-79 double-overtime victory over North Pulaski.
Micah Delph, who missed on a lane drive in the final seconds of regulation, hit a 3-pointer to open the second overtime, then Conway made the final push after the technical was assessed when Alonte Mitchell fouled out.
The Wampus Cats led by 10 three times in the fourth quarter, then the Falcons mounted a furious comeback, capped by Aaron Cooper’s 3-pointer with 1:05 left.
Neither team could gain an advantage in the first overtime, and Kenyon McNeail missed a lane jumper at the buzzer to force the second overtime.
The Cats pulled away in the second overtime after taking an 80-72 lead after the technical foul.
Preston Purifoy led Conway with 26 points. McNeaill added 22 and Delph 21. Everett Reed came off the bench to score 11 for Conway.
"We had some kids setp up and make some plays," Conway coach James Bates said. "We had a chance to put it away but our free-throw shooting was off a bit. That’s a quality team and they are gonna make runs like that."
Benton 51, Vilonia 48
The Vilonia boys, who lost in overtime to Forrest City on Thursday, had lost another game that went down to the final seconds.
The Panthers and the Eagles were nip-and-tuck after Benton took a 14-6 lead in the first quarter.
The Panthers hit seven 3-pointers on the way to taking seventh place. Eddie Pollard led with 15 points.
Taylor Townsend led the Eagles with 15 points. Jacob Moore added 13 and Trevor Martin eight.
Sylvan Hills 73, Forrest City 70
Archie Goodwin scored 28 points in leading the Bears to fifth place in the boys division.
Larry Ziegler added 15 for Sylvan Hills.
Mykial Harris had 15 for Forrest City and Teraye Lee 14. Willie Dean had 12.
Fayetteville 60, Jacksonville 31
The confrontation between the defending 7A and 6A state champions was no contest as the Bulldogs jumped to an early double-digit lead.
They endured their top three players getting into foul trouble in extending the lead to 27-11 at the half and 43-24 after three quarters.
Fayetteville, which lost for the first time since the 2008 season Friday, wrapped up third place.
Kikko Hayder led the Bulldogs with 17 points and Taylor Cochran added 14. Adam Nobel had nine.
Troy Green had eight points for the Red Devils.