Earle pulls away from BIC 56-42
Buffalo Island Central stayed within striking distance of powerhouse Earle Friday night until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs pulled away to claim a 56-42 victory over the Mustangs at Monette. It was Earle's second win of the week over BIC, who won Tuesday night's makeup game 74-64.
Cory Turner gave BIC an early 5-2 lead, scoring on back to back buckets, including a three-point play, but the Bulldogs got a three-point play of their own from Darius Cisero to go on top 9-7. Earle finished off a 10-0 run when Travonis Doolittle scooped in a bucket to give the visitors a 16-7 advantage. Myles Gifford's three point bomb in the closing seconds of the quarter trimmed the Earle lead to 16-10 at the break.
Earle led 20-12 midway through the second stanza before an Andrew McFarlin offensive stick-back and Trey Depriest's three pointer sliced the Bulldog lead to 20-17. Earle scored six straight to go up nine, but McFarlin's trey in the waning moments trimmed the 'Dog lead to 28-22 at intermission.
Dontell Johnson's driving lay-in staked Earle to a 12-point advantage, 34-22, midway through the third quarter, but a DePriest triple, followed by a 12-foot baseline jumper by Turner, closed the gap to 34-27 at the 4:01 mark. Back to back treys by Kavon Smith and B.J. Murray pushed Earle's lead back to double digits, and the Bulldogs carried a 42-32 advantage into the final frame.
Murray and Doolittle continued Earle's three-point parade, drilling back to back bombs to give the Bulldogs a 48-34 advantage, and Earle never looked back.
Earle put four players in double digits, led by Doolittle and Cisero who scored 11 points apiece. Murray and Smith added 10 points each.
McFarlin topped the Mustangs with 14 points while DePriest and Turner scored 11 points apiece. Gifford finished with three, Chayse Carmichael scored two while Blaine Wildy added one point.
In junior high action, BIC hammered Earle 48-31. The Mustangs led 10-7 after the first period, 19-18 at the half and 37-25 after three periods of play.
John Garrett Edwards canned six treys and finished with 18 points to lead the Mustangs. Jesse Fry tallied 16, Tate Schooley tallied 10 while Drake Mitchell pitched in four points.
In Earle's Monday night win over BIC, the Bulldogs were led by Murray's 23 points while Johnson and Doolittle added 12 points apiece. Earle dropped in 13-19 foul shots and drilled five three pointers.
DePriest scored a game high 26 to lead BIC. Gifford chipped in 20, McFarlin scored 12 while Wildy added six points. The Mustangs sank 12-17 charity tosses and made eight three pointers.
In the junior high game, Earle edged BIC 37-35. The Bulldogs led 7-5 after the first quarter before BIC rallied to take a 15-12 lead at the half. Earle fought back and grabbed a 27-24 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Edwards led BIC with 14 points while Fry had 12. Schooley scored five while Drake Mitchell and Juan Gomez added two points apiece.
DePriest poured in a game high 27 points to lead the Mustangs past Cross County 62-37 at Monette. McFarlin scored 10, Carmichael netted seven, Turner tallied five while Canon Walling, Gifford and Kyle Thrasher chipped in three points apiece. Wildy and Devin Pemberton added two points each.
BIC took the junior high game 49-28 behind Edwards' 15 points. Fry scored 13, Schooley tallied six, Gomez had four while Eli Couch and Jacob Foutch netted three points each. Dillion Petty and Grady Peel contributed two points apiece while Mitchell added one point.
BIC (8-11) returns to action Tuesday night with a road trip to East Poinsett County. The Mustangs host KIPP Blytheville Friday night before taking on Marked Tree in a 1 p.m. matchup Saturday afternoon on the road.