Boys basketball: Webbers Falls tops Oaks-Mission for the third time this season
WEBBERS FALLS — For the third time this season and second time in three days the Webbers Falls and Oaks-Mission High boys basketball team squared off.
“We knew what they were going to run and they knew what we were going to run,” Webbers Falls senior Austin Maxwell said. “So it was a matter of outplaying them.”
Webbers Falls did.
Maxwell had game highs in points with 27 and rebounds with 15 along with four assists and three steals as Webbers Falls defeated visiting Oaks-Mission 54-41 in a Riverside Conference game Tuesday night.
“I got inside and my jumper was falling for me all night,” Maxwell said. “I just stuck with it.”
Maxwell played a throwback game hitting several mid-range jump shots along with getting inside and finishing.
Maxwell had a double-double at the half with 10 points and 11 boards but came alive in the second half scoring 17.
“Austin has the ability to drive and take and hit the midrange jump shot,” Webbers Falls coach Jerry Ward said. “Or he could take it to the basket and he's a really good passer out of the high post. He creates all kinds of matchup problems. He's capable of a double-double every night.”
David Guinn scored 18 points — on six made 3-pointers — and Tommy Coppin scored six points and grabbed six boards.
Ward said his team looked a lot better and smoother on Tuesday night against Oaks-Mission opposed to Saturday because his team wasn't playing its fourth game of the week.
“We played with more energy,” he said. “We were tired Saturday, that was our fourth game of the week our legs starting showing and defensively we didn't play with the intensity we needed to.”
Webbers Falls (12-3) who is ranked No. 12 in Class B, was put to the test early in the second quarter as Oaks-Mission cut a once seven point lead to 17-16 with 4:33 to go in the second quarter before Ward took a timeout.
Whatever Ward said must've worked because Webbers Falls closed the half on a 9-2 run and went into halftime leading 26-18.
“Tonight we played really good D,” Guinn said. “We just stopped some guys that could score really good and we played really good defense tonight.”
Nursing an eight-point lead Webbers Falls held Oaks-Mission to their lowest point total in the game in the fourth quarter.
Oaks-Mission was held to only seven points.
T.J. Cummings scored a team-high 20 points, had five boards and a team-high five steals while Max Tyler scored eight points and grabbed six boards.
Unlike in Saturday's game when Webbers Falls topped Oaks-Mission 61-60 in overtime in the third-place game of the Arkansas River Shootout, Webbers Falls was able to close out regulation strong.
“Saturday we had a chance to finish it and we just didn't,” Maxwell said. “Tonight we were just killing ourself to not let that happen.”
Beating a team three times in a season is never easy especially a team that you beat just three nights prior by a single point in overtime.
“To beat a team with their athletic ability two nights in a row basically is pretty hard to do,” Ward said. “It was a good win and we’re pleased with it.”
Webbers Falls will now enjoy a little break as they won't play again until Jan. 16 when they visit Okay in Riverside Conference play.
Okay — ranked No. 11 in Class A — topped Webbers Falls 62-45 back on Dec. 15.
Webbers Falls will be rested and ready to go this time against Okay.
“We're feeling pretty good right now,” Guinn said. “We just got to keep going, keep playing hard D, playing O and keep practicing.”