Conway’s boys flirted with the buzzer twice this weekend in the Bank of the Ozarks John Stanton Tournament and prevailed both times against 7A West opposition at Buzz Bolding Arena.
Friday night, Lerome Thomason hit a 3-poiner with 7.9 seconds left to lead the Wampus Cats (7-2) to a 52-48 victory over Van Buren. The Pointers were called for traveling along the baseline in the final seconds and Stuart Lowe hit two free throws to clinch the victory.
Saturday afternoon’s encore was even more harrowing.
Caleb London’s rebound basket just left his hand as the final buzzer sounded in a 58-56 victory over Bentonville West.
"It wasn’t like we drew it up, but if I drew it up, it probably wasn’t worth a darn," said CHS coach Brian Longing. "This was a hard-nosed game. To find ways to win this type of game certainly builds confidence going into the conference season."
The Cats controlled most of the first half, leading 42-38 at intermission.
The Wolverines took a 36-35 lead early in the third quarter, then it was a fight to the finish.
Conway trailed 53-48 with 3:15 left, before the Cats went on a 8-0 run led by a driving basket by London, a lane shot by Blake Bradshaw and free throws by Terry Clardy and Lowe.
The Wolverines tied the score at 56 with 29.3 seconds when Conway called time to set up the final shot.
"It was a lot like the Van Buren game when we got behind late and had to come back," said Longing.
London led the Cats against the Wolverines with 18 points. Bradshaw added 12 and Lowe 9.
Bradshaw scored 18 points against Van Buren and London added 12.
Conway takes Christmas break off before playing in the Lake Hamilton tournament.