EPC ambushes Mustangs
East Poinsett County stunned Buffalo Island Central, scoring the game’s first 19 points en route to a 62-39 victory over the Mustangs Tuesday night at Lepanto.
Trailing 19-0, BIC got its first basket of the game on a short jumper by Andrew McFarlin with just seven seconds left in the first period. BIC showed some grit in the second stanza, outscoring the Warriors 15-12 to slice the EPC lead to 31-17 at the half. McFarlin scored seven second quarter points while Chayse Carmichael and Canon Walling both dropped in three pointers. The two teams battled on even terms in the third period as the Warriors held a 41-27 advantage entering the final frame. EPC began the final quarter, scoring six straight points to up their lead to 20, putting the game out of reach.
Jonathan Gilmore led four Warriors in double figures, scoring a game high 17 points. Travis Joplin had 13, Taj Bush tallied 12 while Dee Buchanan chipped in 10 points. EPC finished the night 5-9 from the foul line and made one three-pointer.
McFarlin paced the Mustangs with 11 points while Walling and Carmichael added six and five points respectively. Noah Teeter scored four while Jon Garrett Edwards, Taylor Gipson and Kaleb Dublin all tallied three points apiece. Logan Harrison and Jesse Fry netted two points apiece. The Mustangs struggled from the foul line, hitting just 4-13 attempts, while making seven three pointers. BIC lost the turnover battle, 18-15.
In junior high action, EPC downed BIC 46-29. Grady Peel led BIC with eight points, Mikey Brown and Dawson Stewart scored six points each, Matthew McMinn had four while Brayden Carmichael tallied three. Parker Anderson and Eli Couch chipped in one point apiece.
BIC returns to action Tuesday night when they take on Crowley’s Ridge Academy in the first round of the NEA Invitational Tournament at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.