GREENBRIER — Beebe’s Badgers came on with a rush in the second half and knocked off defending champion and host Greenbrier on Saturday night at the First Security Bank Battle at the Brier in Panther Pavilion.
The Badgers, down by three at halftime, took a 60-54 victory and moved their record to 5-2 for the season. Beebe will meet Charleston on Monday in the semifinals of the winners bracket.
Greenbrier had won the Battle at the Brier title the past two years, both times with title game wins by single points over Faulkner County rival Vilonia.
Beebe trailed by eight points early in the second quarter and seemingly had trouble getting an effective flow on offense. Meanwhile, Greenbrier made use of four 3-point goals in the first half, the last by Jordan Crank at the buzzer ending the half.
Matt Cain got down a basket for the Panthers to start the second half, then Beebe gained momentum. The Badgers went ahead by 26-25 midway of the third period, their first lead since the opening moments of play.
On the other end, Greenbrier struggled with its shooting. Beebe made use of free throws and eased out to a 37-30 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Greenbrier couldn’t close the gap much in the fourth quarter. Beebe widened its advantage to 12 points at 49-37 then fought back Greenbrier surges the rest of the way. The Badgers put in 9 of 11 tries from the free-throw line in the last quarter.
Devonte Young led Beebe with 23 points. Jack Schlenker scored 12 and Dayton Scott 11. For Greenbrier, Neal Burcham and Crank each scored 16.
Vilonia 72, Conway Christian 42
Vilonia came out strong in the first quarter, built a 13-point lead over Conway Christian and went on to take a 72-42 win.
Vilonia was up by 38-24 at halftime by 57-38 at the end of three quarters of play.
Austin Messer of Vilonia scored 18 points on six 3-point baskets, while Sean Tolbert had 16.
For Conway Christian, Zach Jackson had 18 points, and Ethan Ellis scored 10.
Little Rock Mills 57, OT
Cabot survived a close battle with Little Rock Mills by out-running the Comets in overtime for a 62-57 triumph.
Cabot was ahead by 26-24 at the half, fell behind by two points at the end of the third period then made up that slim difference in the fourth. The regulation ended at 50-all.
Darin Jones scored 23 points for Cabot and Kai Davis had 19. For Mills, Chris Hampton put in 19.
Charleston 47, Sheridan 41
Charleston liked being in front when it gained the lead in the third quarter and refused to let Sheridan’s Yellow Jackets catch up the rest of the way in a 47-41 victory.
Robbie Raggio scored 14 and Jesse Crosswhite 13 for the Charleston Tigers.
Sheridan was led by R.J. Comic with 15 points and Dillon Oliver with 10.