Mustang boys ousted from NEA Tournament; Lady Mustangs advance to quarterfinals
Buffalo Island Central rallied for a 68-63 victory over McCrory in the first round of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament Wednesday night at the Convocation Center on the campus of Arkansas State University.
Daniel Davis poured in a game high 25 points while Ben Cole added 18 more to lead the Mustang scoring attack. Jeremy Smith scored eight, Logan Dewitt tallied six while Brent Ray and James Tate pitched in four points apiece. Drey Crabtree had two points while Wes Colbert added one point to round out the scoring on the night.
The victory set up a second round matchup with defending NEA Tournament champion East Poinsett County Thursday night, but the Mustangs came up on the short end of an 89-54 drumming, ending BIC's NEA Tournament run. Jeremy Smith led the Mustangs with a team high 19 points, which included five three pointers.
Daniel Davis joined Smith in double figures, scoring 13 points. Ben Cole had seven, Logan Dewitt tallied five, Alex Field netted four while James Tate, Hunter Douglas and Dilynn Strickland all contributed two points apiece. BIC finished seven of nine from the foul line and drained seven treys on the night.
Sophomore Brady Jones pumped in a game high 28 points to lead EPC. Jones' game leading output included eight three pointers. Another sophomore, Jammar Sturdivant, joined Jones in double figures with 16 points while junior A.J. Turner pitched in 10 more for the Warriors, who hit 11-16 foul shots and an incredible 15 treys.
BIC will return to regular season action Tuesday, Jan. 4, when they host Rector in 2A-3 conference play. The Mustangs will host Maynard Friday, Jan. 7, in another conference tilt.
The number one seeded Lady Mustangs kicked off their run for an NEA Tournament title with a hard fouht 66-52 victory over 17 seeded Tuckerman Thursday night.
Brittany Fowler scored 30 points, despite playing on a sore ankle, to lead the Lady Mustangs in scoring. Jenna Pike netted 13 points, including three treys, while Cassidy Qualls also hit double digits, scoring 12 points. Jenny Walker contributed eight points, Katelyn Sparkman tallied two while Kaylee Greathouse added one point for BIC, who hit 14-20 free throws while sinking three treys on the night.
Amanda Kendrick paced Tuckerman with 17 points. The Lady Bulldogs hit 21-30 free throws but made just one three pointer on the night.
BIC held a slim 17-13 edge after the first quarter before pulling away to a 36-27 lead at the half. The Lady Mustangs extended their advantage to double digits, outscoring Tuckerman 15-8 in the third period to take a 51-39 lead into the final frame.
BIC will play in the quarterfinals Monday night at 7:30 against ninth seeded Marked Tree, who rallied for a 60-57 victory over eighth seeded Manila earlier in the evening.