Fans of the Sylvan Hills Bears keep getting their money’s worth. For the last three games, the Bears have played overtime. Two were losses to Little Rock Christian and Pulaski Academy, but on Friday, they were able to pull out a 67-66 overtime win at North Pulaski.
"We must love overtime," Bears’ head coach Kevin Davis said.
Davis said the 5A-Central is as close in talent as he has seen it.
"From one to eight, this league is as good as it has been in several years," Davis said.
West Helena has beaten Forrest City, who is the top team in the 5A-East. North Pulaski has a win over Fayetteville, last year’s state runner up. Also Little Rock Christian has a win over Watson Chapel, the top team in the South. Pulaski Academy also has a convincing win over Paragould, the second place team out of the East.
While his team stands at 2-4, Davis said the Bears could easily stand atop the conference with just one loss.
Jacksonville is the only team after the first six games that has yet to lose.
"There are some good coaches in this league top to bottom," Davis said. "They all know us and what we like to do, so they have learned better over the years how to defend what we do."
Add the fact that Davis’ players aren’t as experienced in his system, thus making the opponents’ task of defending the Bears a bit easier.
The only thing that will fix that is experience.
Davis admitted if his team is to fulfill their goals, they have to have things go their way that didn’t quite go their way in the first half of the league schedule.
"Things have to go our way," Davis said. "We need to reel off a streak here and win some games in a row. We are going to have to get hot."
A hot streak will get them into position to take at least the four spot and earn a berth in the state tournament. It could be a tall order with five teams in front of them. Nothing could be decided until the final night of the season.
Until then, enjoy great basketball.