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SYLVAN HILLS BOYS Bears out of the running for state tournament

One more week. Two more games.

The Sylvan Hills Bears are in fifth place in the 5A-Central with four games separating them from fourth place that mathematically eliminates the Bears — a place that head coach Kevin Davis hasn’t been in quite some time.

After being a perennial power in the 5A, Davis is entrenched in a rebuilding process that he has embraced all season, and with that has accepted the results.

“You can’t bring in a team with no experience into the 5A,” Davis said.

But the record doesn’t reflect the team’s success.

“We’ve done some really good things,” Davis said. “We have had some things that have blind sided us, and we’ve had some setbacks.”

But Davis said he is happy with where his team is and where it’s headed.

In fact, Davis said he saw things in Friday’s 56-36 win on Friday over Little Rock Christian and even in Tuesday’s 68-60 loss to Pulaski Academy.

The Bruins hit seven of their three-pointers in the first half giving them a 12-point halftime lead.

“We came back and was only down four with four minutes to go,” Davis said. “We just didn’t make plays down the stretch.”

The Bears suffered what Davis called “growing pains” throughout the season, but feels like the pains will pay off next year and the year after.

The future is bright for the Bears.

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