SPRINGVILLE – In front of a jammed-packed, standing-room only crowd, the Springville Tigers almost made the comeback of a lifetime Tuesday against the Arab Knights in the Class 5A sub-regional basketball action.

Down by as many as 13 points in the second half, the Tigers made an unbelievable comeback in the fourth quarter, but lost a heartbreaker 47-46.

Springville trailed 15-11 after the first quarter and then scored only four points in the second frame against a stingy Knight defense. The halftime score was 22-15.

Arab won the scoring battle in the third quarter 16-13 to stretch the Knight lead to 38-28 headed into the fourth quarter.

Springville clawed its way back into the contest thanks to back-to-back treys by Trevor Hurst and a three-pointer by Jacob Bickerstaff.

A last-second shot by Springville did not fall as the season came to a close for the Tigers. They finished the season at 25-6.

Hurst led the Tigers with 11 points, all in the second half. Austin Hutcheson and Chase Isbell pumped in 10 points each while Bickerstaff added seven points. Max Harrison chipped in five points while Hudson Kersh netted three points.

Leading Arab was Colby King with 16 points followed by Martin Dyar’s 14 points.


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