Shaffer Loyd was walking toward the bench with his hands held high in triumph as the final seconds of a semifinal win over Eureka Springs ticked off while the Highlanders were missing their final shot in a 40-35 loss Thursday night.

Magazine had beaten a then unbeaten Highlander squad in late November in a nonconference game but it was Eureka Springs who was granted the two seed and an automatic trip to the Class 2A West regional.

It didn’t set well with the Rattlers.

Seeded third, Magazine (17-11) got to Saturday’s finals by becoming the first, and as it turned out the only, lower seeded team to win a game in the tournament.

To land that opportunity the Rattlers knocked off six seed Hackett 50-41 in a game that ended just before 11 p.m. Wednesday — thanks to the two games preceding it going it into overtime and double overtime.

Rattlers 40 Eureka Springs 35

Matt Smith got the Rattlers off to a good start and was also involved in the key series that propelled the Rattlers to victory.

Smith would score 19 points to lead all players.

The Rattlers led 24-23 after Max Greb hit one free throw with 0.1 to play in the third quarter and it was 26-23. Smith scored just 12 seconds later and 12 after that when James Burr stole the ball and hit an open Smith in the lane and it was 30-23.

The seven point difference represented the largest difference for either team in the game.

Brian Rambo called a time out and Eureka wouldn’t go quietly. The Highlanders were down 33-27 after a Burr basket with 4:27 to play but Dalton Arnold and Carter Drennon both scored in a 25 second span and it was 33-31.

J.M. Gregg countered a Burr basket and it was 35-33 with 2:01 left but Smith had a conventional three point play for the back breaker with 1:47 to go to make it 38-33.

Drennon cut it to 38-35 with 91 ticks left and Loyd missed a one-and-one front end but Burr got loose inside with 20 seconds left to apply the finishing touches on the win, other than Loyd’s celebration while Eureka missed twice while the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Burr’s last basket gave him 11 points to go along with his eight rebounds. Drennon scored 15 points to lead the Highlanders. He also had seven rebounds.

Smith was the offense early, scoring every Magazine point in the first quarter and the first points of the second quarter that gave the Rattlers a 10-9 lead with 5:47 left in the half.

A pair of Burr free throws, a basket by Baumgartner and another Burr free throw had the lead at 15-12 but a 3 by Garrett Cross tied it at 15.

Smith and Baumgartner baskets made it 19-15 with 5:54 left in the third quarter and Magazine led until Drennon tied it again, 23-23, 18 seconds before the third quarter ended.

Lavaca 60 Rattlers 38

The championship was decided early Saturday night as Lavaca scored the first 13 points of the game, had a 15 point lead at one point in the first quarter and led by as many as 20 before haltime.

Deven Chappell scored Magazine’s first points with a 3 with 3:18 left in the first quarter but before a Matt Smith basket 1:47 later the Golden Arrows were up 18-3

It was 20-8 through a quarter and after a 3:30 dry spell for Magazine in the second quarter Lavaca had opened a 30-10 lead.

Lavaca settled for a 34-15 lead at halftime and flirted with enacting the sportsmanship rule late in the third quarter, leading 27 at 51-24 before Randon Baumgartner scored at the quarter buzzer to cut it back to 25.

The Rattlers actually made it an 11-0 run on a 3 by Max Greb – he scored seven fourth quarter points, second only to the eight by James Burr – but before Greb added two free throws 2:47 later the lead was back over 20.

A Trevor Blake free throw closed out the Rattler scoring.

Courtland Clark scored 18 points, Garrett Eck 15 and Janson Graves 14 for Lavaca.

As the two-seed from the district the Rattles will face England at 8:30 tonight (Wednesday) in Pangburn.

Rattlers 50 Hackett 41

The Hornets were playing for the second straight night having pounded Johnson County Westside in a 6-7 seed game on the tournament’s opening night Tuesday, but the extra work seemed to have no effect on them as the game was a one point affair with 5:35 to go and a two point at the midway point of the final quarter.

It was a 29-28 game when the final quarter began and Zen Valencia actually had a chance to tie it or give the Hornets their first lead since the 5:15 mark of the second quarter but he missed the front end of a one-and-one.

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Ultimately Deven Chappell opened the final quarter scoring with a 3 and although Magazine continued to lead it was less than comfortable.

Hackett got within 32-31 on a free throw by Tanner Hamilton, but Hamilton missed the back end of a one-and-one with 5:35 to go.

Two Matt Smith free throws and a basket by James Burr had the lead to 36-31 but a three point play by Malachi Crone with 4:00 to go made it 36-34.

The Rattlers got a Randon Baumgartner basket on the next possession to start a 7-0 run that all but wrapped up the contest.

A Max Greb 3 pointer made it 41-34 and although Burr, who had a game-high 18 points – missed the front end of a one-and-one but scored on an assist from Smith after Smith got the rebound and it was 43-34 with 2:41 to play.

Brady Hester gave Hackett life with a basket with 1:38 to go and after a Shaffer Loyd free throw Hester scored again to make it a two possession game at 44-38 with 1:22 left.

Magazine also helped keep the Hornets in it as Burr and Deven Chappell missed four free throws, but Hackett couldn’t get a shot to fall and Loyd and Burr both hit three of four in the final minute to make it 50-38 before Hester hit a 3 with :09 to go.

Early on the game was tied at 8-8 after a quarter, then again 10, 12. 14 and 16 after a Smith basket started an 8-0 Rattler run that made it 22-16 after a Jan Halek free throw.

Tyler Edwards ended the run with a free throw for the Hornets but another Halek free throw wade it 23-17 at the half.

Twice in the third quarter Hackett pulled within one, first on a three point play by Ely Stormes and next on a basket by Zen Valencia made it 29-28 through three quarters.

Baumgartner and Smith were both in double figures with 10 for Magazine. Stormes led Hackett with 14 and with the late surge, Hester finished with 11.