Lions take over first place in 3A-3 Conference with 72-60 homecoming win over Osceola
Manila celebrated its 2016 Homecoming with a critical 72-60 victory over Osceola in a key 3A-3 conference battle Friday night at Lion Gym. The win gave Manila (17-4, 7-1) a half game lead over the Seminoles at the top of the league standings...
Mustangs win pair of overtime thrillers
Buffalo Island Central pulled out a pair of 2A-3 conference overtime victories in senior high boys basketball action last week. The Mustangs squeezed past Marmaduke 72-70 Tuesday night in a thriller on the road before easing past Marked Tree 72-67 in Friday night's Homecoming contest at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette...
Big fourth quarter helps Marked Tree overcome Riverside 53-38
Marked Tree outscored Riverside 19-9 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and pull away for a 53-38 victory over the Rebels Tuesday night at Lake City. Riverside took a 16-12 lead after the first quarter behind Luke Baker's 10 first period points. ...
Clutch free throw shooting helps Mustangs hold off EPC
Buffalo Island Central used a strong performance from the free throw stripe to withstand a furious fourth quarter East Poinsett County rally, holding off the Warriors 68-65 in 2A-3 conference action Saturday afternoon at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette...
Weather limits area high school basketball action
All three area schools picked up victories in a weather-shortened week of high school basketball action. Manila drubbed Ridgefield Christian 71-32 while Riverside squeaked past Rector 53-51 in senior boys action. In senior girls play, Riverside downed Rector 50-36, Buffalo Island Central blasted Cross County 67-41 while Manila pounded Ridgefield Christian 41-15...
Riverside stuns Mustangs 70-65 in overtime
Riverside's stirring second half rally propelled the Rebels to a come from behind 70-65 overtime victory over archrival Buffalo Island Central, delivering head coach Buster Campbell the perfect birthday present in 2A-3 conference action Tuesday night at Lake City.
BIC bolted to a 14-5 lead midway through the opening quarter, thanks to three consecutive triples from junior guard Dax Hurst. The Rebels battled back, scoring seven unanswered points, capped off by Braden Overman's three pointer from the top of the key to slice the Mustang lead to two. Travon Cobb's lay-in closed out the period with BIC ahead 16-12.
The Mustangs continued to rain treys in the second stanza, getting back to back three pointers from Trey DePriest. Riverside stayed close, thanks to the strong inside play of Chris Sain, who scored eight second period points, including a tip-in to close the half, carving the Mustang lead to a slim 26-25 edge.
BIC continued to lead through most of the third quarter, and pushed their advantage to 37-32 on a steal and lay-up by DePriest at the 3:05 mark. Riverside charged back, getting a three point play from Sain to cut the Mustang lead to two. Sain's offensive stick-back with 1:45 left in the quarter gave the Rebels their first lead of the night, 40-39. BIC answered with back to back three point bombs from Hurst and Chayse Carmichael to go ahead by five before Sain's 10-foot floater at the buzzer cut the Mustang lead to 45-42 entering the final frame.
The two teams swapped leads throughout much of the fourth quarter before Riverside went ahead by four, thanks to back to back three pointers from Overman and Gavin Stone, who had been held scoreless up to that point. Stone's trey gave the Rebels a 52-48 advantage with 3:13 left in the game.
BIC got even when DePriest and Cobb combined to drop in four straight free throws, tying the game at 52-all with 1:57 remaining. Stone answered with a seven-foot floater to put the Rebels back on top, 54-52. Hurst hit one of two foul shots with 1:03 showing on the clock to pull BIC to within a single point. Forced to foul, the Mustangs sent Luke Baker to the line, where the senior calmly sank both ends of the one and one, giving the Rebels a 56-53 lead with 21 ticks left on the clock.
BIC had one last shot to send the game into overtime. Cobb missed a three point attempt with nine seconds left, but the carom glanced off a Rebel defender, giving the Mustangs second life. BIC inbounded the ball to Hurst, who threw up a desperation three pointer from beyond the top of the key. The ball banked off the glass, went in, came out, and fell back through the goal, sending the game into overtime.
BIC jumped on top 61-58 in the extra period, and held a one point edge until Stone buried a three with 1:19 left, giving Riverside the lead for good, 65-63. Grant Mason added a three point play while Sain and Overman sank free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win, as Rebel fans sang Happy Birthday to Campbell while the team celebrated their victory.
"We kept getting those mini leads, but we never could put the game away, which has been our MO this year," said Mustang Coach Bill Taylor. "I thought that was where we lost the game. I thought we lost it when we didn't take advantage early. I thought Sain was the difference. We could not keep him off the glass. We didn't do a good job on the triangle part of our defense. We did a good job on Stone and Baker. Hurst did a real good job guarding Stone, but Stone is such a good player and he hit some big shots for Riverside in the fourth quarter and overtime. Asking someone to hold Stone down for 36 minutes is too much to ask, but Dax did his job. We aren't executing at the end of games right now and that's on me."
"I am really proud of the kids tonight for fighting back," Campbell said. "They never gave up. Chris Sain had a coming out game tonight. He was outstanding. We've been waiting on this and he really showed up big tonight.This was a huge win. It was a great crowd and a great atmosphere."
Sain finished the night with a double-double, scoring 24 points while snaring 13 rebounds. Baker, Stone and Overman all contributed 12 points apiece. Mason scored eight while Jon Milligan added two points.The Rebels hit nine of 12 free throws and drained six three pointers.
Cobb scored a game high 28 points for the Mustangs while Depriest and Hurst added 16 points apiece. Carmichael chipped in five points for BIC, who nailed 12-16 charity tosses while drilling nine triples on the night.
In junior high action, BIC defeated Riverside 43-36. Kaleb Dublin led the Mustangs with 16 points while Noah Teeter added 15. Blaine Wildy scored five, Kyle Thrasher added four while Taylor Gipson contributed three.
D.J. Bowers paced the Rebels with 16 points while Latrell Brown added 12. Steven Stroud scored four while Demo Bowers and Ryan Ausin chipped in two points apiece.
Riverside closed the week with another overtime game at Bay, losing to the Yellowjackets 56-52. Bay held a 9-8 edge after the first quarter and stretched their lead to 27-10 before the Rebels rallied to close to within 27-19 at the half. Bay took a 45-38 advantage into the fourth period before Riverside battled back to tie the game 49-49 at the end of regulation. Bay outscored the Rebels 7-3 in the extra period to grab the win.
Overman and Mason scored 18 and 10 points respectively to lead the Rebels. Taylor Layne topped Bay with 18 points, Tyler Pritchett scored 17 while Dustin Utley added 12.
Bay squeezed past Riverside 41-39 in the junior high contest.
Riverside returns to action Tuesday night when they travel to Rector before closing the week hosting Earle Friday night at Lake City.
BIC finished their week with a pair of 2A-3 conference victories. The Mustangs defeated Crowley's Ridge Academy 77-48 Friday night at Paragould before slipping past Cross County 46-42 Saturday at Cherry Valley.
Cobb pumped in 23 points while Hurst added 21 to lead BIC past CRA. Canon Walling chipped in 12 points. The Mustangs won the junior high game 56-24 behind Wildy's 19 points.
Depriest scored 20 points in BIC's win over Cross County. The Mustangs defeated the Thunderbirds 35-28 in the junior high matchup.
BIC (13-8, 7-4 2A-3) returns to action Tuesday night, hosting Cross County, before closing the week against East Poinsett County Friday night at Monette.
Lions grind out 41-132 win over Colts
Manila outscored Rivercrest 17-3 in the fourth quarter to rally past the Colts for a 41-32 victory in 3A-3 conference action Friday night at Wilson. The two teams slugged it out for the first three periods, each struggling to put points on the board. The Lions began the game, opening up a 14-5 lead, before settling for a seven point advantage after the first break...
Lady Colts stampede Manila 75-46
Rivercrest outscored Manila 31-12 over the final nine minutes, and pulled away for a 75-46 victory in senior girls 3A-3 conference action Thursday night at Lion Gym. The Lady Lions trailed just 44-34 at the 1:54 mark of the third period, fueled by a 7-0 run, but the Lady Colts answered with a 10-4 spurt of their own to take a 54-38 lead into the final frame...
Lady Rebels dominate BIC 47-20
Riverside rolled over Buffalo Island Central 47-20 in senior girls basketball action Monday night at Lake City. The Lady Rebels bolted to a 16-6 lead after the opening quarter and held a commanding 24-8 advantage at the half. Riverside stretched its lead to 38-13 after three periods of play and coasted in the fourth quarter to the victory...
State and regional tournament sites announced
The Arkansas Activities Association has announced sites for the 2016 regional and state tournaments in basketball, baseball, softball and track.
Marmaduke will host the 2A State Basketball Tournament while Sloan Hendrix will serve as host for the Class 2A North Region. The 3A State Tournament will be held in Jessieville, while the 3A Region 3 site is Yellville-Summitt.
In baseball, Marked Tree will serve as host for the Class 2A North Regional Tournament while Parkers Chapel will host the 2A State Tournament. The Class 3A Region 3 Baseball Tournament will be played at Bergman while Smackover and Norphlet will co-host the Class 3A State Tournament.
In softball, Marked Tree will be the site for the 2A North Regional Tournament while Parkers Chapel will play host to the Class 2A State Tournament. The 3A Region 3 Softball Tournament will be held in Bergman while Smackover and Norphlet will host the 3A State Tournament.
In track and field, England will serve as host for the Class 2A state meet while Green Forest will hold the 3A state meet.
Big fourth quarter propels Seminoles past Lions 65-56
Manila and Osceola entered Friday night's 3A-3 showdown with first place in the league on the line. The Lions won the battle for the first three quarters before the host Seminoles fought back in the pivotal fourth period to post a stirring 65-56 come from behind victory before a raucous crowd in Seminole Gymnasium...
Rebels manage conference split on road
Riverside split a pair of 2A-3 conference matchups last week, defeating Marmaduke 61-42 Friday night on the road after dropping a 77-67 decision to East Poinsett County Tuesday night at Lepanto...
Marmaduke races past Lady Rebels 51-31
Marmaduke jumped to a 9-0 lead and never looked back as the Lady Greyhounds trounced Riverside 51-31 Thursday night at Marmaduke. Tabitha Hyten's three pointer at the 4:00 mark of the opening quarter capped off an early 9-0 Lady Greyhound run before Hattie Milligan dropped in a pair of free throws for Riverside's first points of the game. ...
Marked Tree slips past BIC 59-56 in NEA quarterfinals
Nick Andrews' short jumper on an inbounds play with 31 seconds remaining helped Marked Tree squeeze past Buffalo Island Central 59-56 in the quarterfinals of the 69th annual Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament Monday, Dec. 28, at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro...
Area high school basketball schedule for week of Jan. 4-8
The holidays are over and area basketball will be back in full swing this week. The Manila boys will play host to Armorel Tuesday night before traveling to Osceola Friday for a key 3A-3 conference battle. The Lady Lions will journey to Osceola Thursday night...