HOT SPRINGS — Trey Thompson gets to go to the University of Arkansas with a high school championship ring.
The future Razorback needed only 10 points to help Forrest City win its first state title Friday, beating defending champion Jacksonville 69-60 in the 5A boys final at Summit Arena.
Thompson, a 6-foot-8 center, nearly had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. He was 3 for 7 from the field and 4 for 6 in free throws.
The Mustangs (24-4) stormed from a 35-29 halftime deficit to win, outscoring the Red Devils 16-8 in the third quarter to get the rally going. They maintained steady shooting throughout the game, finishing 21 for 45 from the floor for 46.7 percent.
Robert Glasper led Forrest City with 19 points, two assists and six rebounds. Dwain Whitfield added 13 points and Jayshun Jordan scored 12 off the bench.
The Devils (26-5), who were going for their third championship since 2009, were led by Devin Campbell’s 15 points, Kanaan Jackson’s 12 and Tyree Appleby’s 10. But they went cold from the floor in the second half (9 for 27 for 33.3 percent) after hitting 48.1 percent in the first 16 minutes and finished 22 for 54 (40.7 percent).
Jacksonville also made only 12 of 20 free throws to Forrest City’s 20 of 25.
Attendance for the day’s opening game was 4,339.
eStem 47, Harding Academy 38
HOT SPRINGS — In only its sixth year of existence, Little Rock’s eStem High Public Charter School won its first state basketball championship.
The Mets (29-6) outscored the Lady Wildcats 14-5 in the final period to make the difference and held Harding Academy (25-9) to only five second-half field goals en route to the victory. Harding Academy led 24-17 at halftime after shooting 50 percent (9 for 18) from the floor and holding eStem to 26.9 percent (7 for 26).
Olivia McWilliams earned MVP honors after finishing with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Gia Hayes added 17 points for the Mets. Anna Lowery and Riley Rose each had 10 points to lead the Lady Wildcats.
Concord 57, Wonderview 40
HOT SPRINGS — The Pirates got a double-double from Ethan Hebert in winning their first state championship and closing a 39-3 season.
Hebert scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Concord. He made 10 of 13 free throws.
Hanse Bowman had 15 points, T.J. Richardson added 11 and tournament MVP Jacob Roark finished with 10, making 8 of 9 free throws in the process.
M.J. Griffin had 13 points for Wonderview (31-8), which couldn’t overcome a 29.2 percent field-goal shooting effort.
Nemo Vista 37, Wonderview 32
HOT SPRINGS — Nemo Vista weathered a third-quarter comeback by Wonderview that tied the game at 21 and hit 4 of 4 free throws down the stretch to come away with the championship.
Wonderview pulled within 31-30 with 1:56 remaining, but Sarah Mahan made a layup at the 1:20 mark to give her Nemo Vista a three-point lead. Bailey Zimmerman missed a three-point basket that would have tied it, and Jacie Andrews and Chase Paladino each hit two free throws to close out the win.
Paladino, the tournament MVP, had 14 points and Andrews added 10. Zimmerman led Wonderview with 15 points, followed by Ali Harris with 11.