Harrison senior Alex Rose scored 36 points – including the game winning three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left – to give the Golden Goblins (22-8) a 51-48 win over the Beebe Badgers (21-7) in the quarterfinals of the 5A State tournament at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Thursday night.
“He has done that about three or four times this year,” Harrison head coach David Stahler said. “If you a call a timeout in that situation, people are going to probably adjust.
“We just wanted to let it flow and go and just let them play. If they were going to do anything, we were going to make them do it on their own and not from the bench.”
Beebe junior Tanner Chapman tied the game at 48 with 30.9 seconds left.
With the ball in his hands near the sideline, Rose made a juke, a spin and gave himself enough spacing to hit the three-pointer from the left side of the arch.
“He’s a great shooter and a great ball player,” Beebe head coach Ryan Marshall said. “And that’s what good players do, they hit big shots.
“He had a big second half. I don’t think we could have guarded him any different.”
Rose scored 21 of his 36 points in the second half. He made six three-pointers and was 8 of 13 from the free throw line.
Beebe managed to call a timeout after the shot and set up a last second attempt to tie the game again.
After the ball was thrown from the opposing end, Beebe attempted a behind the back desperation attempt from just in front of press row. The shot was on target but it fell a few feet short giving Harrison the win.
“They have a really good team,” Stahler said. “They are conference champions and so to beat them is a really big thing.
“Now we get to move on in the tournament and have a chance to get in the finals is very important.”
Harrison will play the winner of today’s game between Greene County Tech and Alma on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Following an 8-0 run to close out the second quarter, Beebe had a 39-33 lead at halftime. However, the Badgers scored just five points in the third.
“When your 6’6 post player has his two hands in his pockets most of the night, it is tough to score,” Marshall said. “We have a habit of going stagnant at times offensively.
“They picked up the pressure defensively because we had a six-point lead or whatever it was at half.”
Heading into the fourth quarter, Harrison had a five-point lead. Junior Jordan Grant scored eight points for the Golden Goblins.
For Beebe, senior Austin Burroughs had 26 points to lead the Badgers, including 12 points in the second quarter. Senior Jake Schlenker contributed with 11 points including 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Chapman finished the game with six points.