SILOAM SPRINGS — Van Buren got the job done in overtime at the free-throw line.
The Pointers came out the aggressors in the extra period and went 11-of-16 from the charity stripe in a 51-46 victory over Siloam Springs at Panther Activity Center.
The Pointers (15-2, 5-1) also played the entire overtime period without 6-foot-9 sophomore Mitchell Smith, who fouled out in the fourth quarter.
"That’s a big win," said Van Buren coach Randy Loyd. "To come in here and for Mitchell to be in foul trouble most of the night, we had kids step up and make some plays."
Van Buren junior Jason Harms scored the Pointers’ last seven points to get the game to overtime. Harms hit two free throws to bring Van Buren within 34-33 with 50.3 seconds left. After Dylan Gray hit a pair of free throws on the other end to go up 36-33, Harms splashed a 3-pointer in the corner to tie it.
Avery Benson gave Siloam Springs (7-10, 1-5) a 38-36 lead with 17.5 seconds left with a pair of free throws. Harms converted a wide open layup on the other end after the Panthers’ defense cleared out from under the basket.
Benson’s final shot in regulation fell short forcing the extra period.
In overtime, the Panthers won the tip and missed their opening shot. Quashaun Kursh chased down the rebound for the Pointers and was fouled. Kursh hit both free throws to give the Pointers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Gray missed two free throws on the other end, and Van Buren came back down and got its only overtime field goal from Andrew Martin to go up 42-38. The Pointers hit 9 of 14 free throws the rest of the way, including 5 of 6 from Ryan Pearson and 4 of 6 from Kursh.
Harms finished with 13 points for Van Buren, while Kursh and Smith each had 10.
Gray led Siloam Springs with 19 points, while Avery Benson had 12.
"The kids played really well tonight except for a couple minutes there," said Siloam Springs coach Tim Stewart. "Give Van Buren credit. Coach Loyd’s kids stepped up big and hit some big shots."
Siloam Springs 48, Van Buren 44 (Women’s)
Nothing came easy for Siloam Springs on Tuesday.
Van Buren dictated the pace of the game with a patient offense and tough defense. But at the end of the night, the Lady Panthers made just enough plays on the offensive end to take the victory at Panther Activity Center.
Morgan Miller scored 17 points to lead Siloam Springs (13-5, 3-3), including a pair of free throws with 5.3 seconds left to ice the game.
Baily Cameron scored six of her eight points in the last half of the fourth quarter after going scoreless in the first half.
The Lady Panthers’ largest lead of the game was eight points in the first half. They led most of the second half except for late in the third quarter and early in the fourth when the Lady Pointers (5-12, 0-6) took the lead on three different occasions.
When Van Buren wasn’t being patient with its offense, it was getting the ball to 6-foot-2 post Maria Santillana, who scored a game-high 19 points before fouling out in the fourth.
The pace of the game was definitely a factor according to Siloam Springs coach Tim Rippy.
"They definitely controlled the tempo and it caused us problems," Rippy said. "They were very patient and did a good job. You’ve got to go give them credit."
Siloam Springs took the lead for good 40-38 on Bailee Owens’ only basket of the game late in the fourth. Ashlin Stock made it 42-38 with a steal and score.
Cameron answered Van Buren scores with a left hook and a pair of free throws to make it 46-42.
After Van Buren’s Danae Goodwin hit two free throws to get within 46-44, the Lady Pointers fouled Miller with 5.3 left.
"We played better tonight," said Van Buren coach Merrill Mankin. "We’ve just got a bunch of young kids that are growing up. We’ve got a bunch of juniors, sophomores and freshmen that are taking their lumps. One of these days we’re not going to be juniors and sophomores and freshmen anymore."
Freshmen Lani Snowden added 12 points for Van Buren. Mayse Pippin chipped in nine points for Siloam Springs.