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Gavin Glanton Watch 2008

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Top-seeded Mustangs survive in OT

Big baskets by Bean, Henderson lift Forrest City over Beebe

Published: March 04, 2009


Willie Bean’s shot sent Forrest City and Beebe into overtime.


Henry Henderson’s three-pointer sent Forrest City into Friday’s quarterfinal round at the Class 5A state tournament being played in Alma.


Bean’s shot was big, Henderson’s was huge as No. 1 seeded Forrest City held off No. 4 seeded Beebe 56-53 in overtime.


Henderson hit the game-winning three-pointer from the right corner with 1.3 seconds left in overtime and led Forrest City with 15 points to send the Mustangs into Friday’s quarterfinals against either Morrilton or Hot Springs. That game will be played at 2:30 p.m.


Beebe led almost the entire game and tied the game at 53-53 with a minute to play. Forrest City ran the clock down to 10.6 seconds and called a time out.


Taking the inbound pass, Jesse Mitchell drove the lane, and then dished to a wide-open Henderson in the corner for the game-winning shot.


“It was one of those shots that you just knew was going in when it left his hand,” said Forrest City coach Dwight Lofton. “There was no doubt.”


Bean’s shot came with 40 seconds to play in regulation and tied the game at 48-48 to force the overtime period after Beebe’s last second shot was off the mark.


“You know we had just put Willie back in the game,” Lofton said. “He had a couple of crucial turnovers in the first quarter and sat the bench for a long time. Coach B (John Burgess) suggested an offensive change by putting Willie back into the lineup, letting him roam the baseline. Credit Coach B with that call. It paid off.”


Forrest City led 13-8 after one quarter, but fell behind 23-17 at the half.


The Mustangs battled back in the third and got within one point at 28-27 on a pair of free throws by Mitchell with 3:22 to play and then forced a 28-28 tie before Beebe used an 8-to-2 run to close out the third and lead 36-30.


Beebe pushed their lead to nine points with 5:33 to play in the fourth quarter on a three from Will Scott, before Henderson nailed a long three to get the Mustangs within six at 43-37.


“I had no idea we were down by nine,” Lofton said. “Maybe it’s a good thing that I didn’t know. I would have really been nervous then.”


Forrest City senior Gavin Glanton turned a traditional three-point play with 2:06 to play giving the Mustangs a 45-44 lead. Brandon Pursell answered for Beebe with a pair of free throws for a 46-45 Badger lead with 1:30 to play.


In the overtime period, Bean tied the game at 52-52 and Larry Rogers put the Mustangs in front at 53-52 before Trey Smith tied the game at 53-53.


Mitchell added 11 points and Glanton had 10 for Forrest City (20-8), Class 5A’s No. 2 ranked team.

Zach Kersey and Scott hit a combined 10 three-pointers for Beebe, who ends the year at 16-10. Kersey scored a game-high 18 points, and Scott finished with 14.


Forrest City was 14 of 46 from the floor from inside the arc and hit six of their 14 three-point attempts. The Mustangs were 10-of-15 from the foul line and out-rebounded Beebe 35-to-20.

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Fron ESPN recruiting (in case you haven't seen this)...


Gavin Glanton | PF


Hometown Forrest City, AR

High School Forrest City High School

Position rank Power Forward # 163

Height 6'7"

Weight 200 lbs.


Last Updated: 4/3/2009 Data provided by Scouts, Inc.

Evaluation / Notes On the Trail / Features






Scouts Grade




January, 2009: Glanton is a long lean forward that is a good athlete he runs the floor and can get to the rim in transition. He is an excellent passer and can find teammates with good court vision for a power forward. Glanton has a nice touch in the lane and at point blank range at the rim. He will need to add weight and strength but he is already a terrific rebound on both ends of the floor. Glanton has tremendous upside and has good leadership skills as well.


October, 2007: Gavin is a long-armed, deceptively strong inside player. He scores the ball well inside around the basket and stays with it after a missed shot. Quick bounce off the floor to follow his own shot. Gavin is a force on the boards, uses his body well to get position on both ends. Has a chance to be a very good player.

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Gavin Glanton 2nd Team All State (All Classifications) in Arkansas. (They have sven Classifications with the biggest being 7A I believe, Forrest City is 5A.)


"Fayetteville High School senior guard Fred Gulley, who signed with Oklahoma State University, was named Mr. Basketball by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


Gulley helped lead the Bulldogs to a 30-0 perfect season and the Class 7A state championship with a win over Rogers.


All-Arkansas Team


First Team: Daniel Broughton (Watson Chapel), Alandis Harris (Little Rock Central), Adam Sterrenberg (Cabot), Aaron Hawley (Rogers) and A.J. Walton (Little Rock Hall).


Second Team: Anthony Borden (West Memphis), Gavin Glanton (Forrest City), Cable Hogue (Fayetteville), LaQuintin Miles (Jacksonville), Coleson Rakestraw (Siloam Springs) and Marland Smith (Little Rock Hall).


Third Team: Spencer Caraway (Melbourne), Michael Drake (Little Rock Catholic), Jarvis Garner (Conway), Dane Lottner (Abundant Life), DeShone McClure (Jacksonville) and Greg White (De-Queen). "



Gavin was also chosen to play in Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-State basketball game in June at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.


"Forrest City senior forward Gavin Glanton will be headed to Fayetteville in June.



Glanton, who will play college basketball for the University of Albany in New York, has been selected to play for the East boys squad at the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star basketball game.........


The 54th annual All-Star basketball games will be played Thursday, June 25, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville....................................................


It is a tremendous honor for Gavin and the basketball program,” said Forrest City coach dwight Lofton. “Gavin was the MVP of the conference this year and I know he will represent our school in a positive manner.”............................."

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