There’s a lot of stuff online about central Arkansas high school basketball. I’m one of the few people eager to actually wade through it all. I did so, and give you essential previews of Friday’s big games in 6A and 7A:
Hall @ Parkview
As good as it gets in Arkansas hoops. Detailed breakdown at ARPreps.com Prepscast. Also, Buzz 103.7 FM will broadcast the game as its featured matchup of the week.
[UPDATE – Hall won 63-56. For Hall, Bobby Portis had 14 points, five rebounds and five blocks. Javan Perry (13 pts), Jobe Dillard (11 pts) and Aaron Walton (10 points) make up the other high scorers. Anton Beard led Parkview with 20 points. I.J. Ready started slowly (was defended by Quan Jones) but heated up toward the end, finishing with 17 points. Emanuel Adoyi scored seven points before fouling out]
On Tuesday, Hall (11-3, 2-0) beat Marion 60-49. Arkansas commit Bobby Portis scored 17 points, and Jobe Dillard added 12 points.
Parkview (13-1, 1-1) lost at home 74-63 to Jacksonville.
The 74 points are the most the Patriots have allowed this season. No other Arkansas team has scored more than 60 on Parkview (13-1, 1-1) this season.
Jacksonville (11-3, 1-1) led 18-9 after one quarter and 40-23 at halftime.
“I can’t remember when someone jumped on us like that, especially at home,” Parkview Coach Al Flanigan said. “We didn’t play any defense, but I give Coach Joyner’s crew a lot of credit. They played well… Parkview sophomore Anton Beard led all scorers with 27 points and he also made six steals. Junior guard I.J. Ready was held to 14 points and Emmanuel Adoyi added 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. ” – Tim Cooper, via ARPreps.com
Here’s KATV video of Parkview’s I.J. Ready against Jacksonville.
Cabot @ North Little Rock
Cabot boys (9-2, 0-2) lost 55-52 to Catholic. Fox 16 video highlights from that game here (look at upper right corner)
North Little Rock boys (10-4, 1-1) beat Conway 72-53
Tyree Hollister, who had five 3-pointers, led a balanced North Little Rock attack with 21 points. Thomas Alexander added 12, Cody Ware 11 and Gary Vines 10 … via Conway’s Log Cabin Democrat
Cabot girls (13-4, 2-0) –
[Arkansas signee] Melissa Wolff and the Cabot Lady Panthers warmed up for Friday’s showdown with North Little Rock by winning at Mount St. Mary 66-38 on Tuesday in Little Rock. Wolff scored a game-high 17 points and came up with five steals and four assists for the No. 5 Lady Panthers – Tim Cooper, ArPreps.com basketball
North Little Rock girls (14-2, 2-0) beat Conway 60-40:
A key for NLR was the defensive play of LaShaun Brooks, who shut down Chambers the second half.
“That was big for us,” said NLR coach Daryl Fimple. “She’s capable of playing that kind of defense.”
Chambers led Conway with 13 points and Foster added 11. Xena King led NLR with 13 points. Lexus Williams had 10 and Kaprecia Slocum nine.” via Conway’s Log Cabin Democrat.
And here’s a KATV video feature on Lexus Williams, the Lady Charging Wildcats’ 6-1 senior who’s committed to Southern Methodist University.
Conway @ Central
Conway boys (11-4, 1-1) lost to NLR 72-53.
The Wampus Cats were forced to go outside for most of their points and their shooting was inconsistent. Garan Davis led Conway with 12 points, Kevin Guiden added 11 and Tim Boyd eight. via Log Cabin Democrat
Central boys (6-7, 1-1) lost to Russellville 75-65 in OT.
Devan James led the Tigers with 14 points, while Keith Hayes and Terrance Jones added 12 and 10 points, respectively. – via The Courier
Russellville @ Bryant
Russellville (11-4, 2-0) beat Central 75-65 in OT.
[Grey] Harris added seven rebounds to his 32 points. Barrett finished with 17 points and four rebounds, while Dakota Young finished with 10 points — including two big layups in overtime.
Devan James led the Tigers with 14 points, while Keith Hayes and Terrance Jones added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Russellville will travel to Bryant on Friday for a conference matchup with the Hornets. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m., and the game can be heard on KCJC 102.3 FM. – via The Courier
Bryant (9-5, 1-1) lost 51-47 to Van Buren. The Hornets’ four-game winning streak was snapped. Quinton Motto (14 points) and Brantley Cozart (11 points) paced Bryant, according to stats provided by the Bryant Daily.
Catholic @ Van Buren
Catholic (2-5, 1-1) beat Cabot 55-52. Video highlights in upper right of this page.
Van Buren (11-4, 2-0) beat Bryant 51-47. Ryan Pearson hit four of eight three pointers to lead the way with 19 points.
Searcy @ Jacksonville
Searcy (6-9, 1-1) beat Mountain Home 58-56 in double OT.
Searcy will also be without senior starter Dezmond Stegall, who netted 22 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s win, because he will be on an official visit to Florida International University. – via The Daily Citizen
High scorers: Dezmond Stegall 22, Woodruff 18, Young 9, Reynolds 6.
Statistics and scoring information courtesy of a radio broadcast by KTLO-KCTT Radio.
Jacksonville ( 13-3, 1-1) beat Parkview 74-63. Guards Dewayne Waller and James Aikens totaled 35 points. But its head coach reminded the ADG’s Tim Cooper he knows the season is early:
“It’s just another game in the 6A-East,” said Victor Joyner, whose team jumped out to a 18-9 lead after the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way against the previously-unbeaten Patriots. “We have to get ready to play again. We have to get ready to play Friday. If this were the state tournament, yeah, I’d say this was a ‘wow’ moment.
“Don’t get me wrong, we’re excited. When you beat them, at Parkview, that’s huge for us. And I want our kids to enjoy, but it’s time to get to get back to work after that.” – ARPreps.com
Here’s KATV video of Jacksonville’s Patriot-slayers Chase Aikens and Terrell Brown
Sheridan @ Benton
Benton (11-5, 1-1) beat Lake Hamilton 69-39.
Sheridan (0-2, 2-11) lost to El Dorado 41-45.
Fair @ Texarkana
Fair (6-7, 1-1) lost to Pine Bluff 51-48 in OT.
Click here for Fox 16video (upper right corner) for Fair highlights, including video of freshman Ben Madison.
McClellan @ Pine Bluff
McClellan beat Texarkana 73-67.
Pine Bluff (8-3, 2-0) defeated Fair 51-48 in OT.
Quentin Williams made the only overtime field goal and Rickey Clements added two free throws to help the Zebras (8-3, 2-0 6A-South) overcome missing multiple shots throughout the game. The only point for the War Eagles (6-6, 1-1) in overtime was a free throw by Kentrell Adams.
“You’re not going to make every shot, but that’s the first time I’ve seen them miss like that,” Pine Bluff Coach Ron Moragne. “We did a good job on the boards, but you gotta make the second chances. It doesn’t matter if you have 100 rebounds if you can’t make a layup”… Darrian Kee led Pine Bluff with 12 points, while Williams had 11 points and nine rebounds. – ARPreps.com
Click here for Fox 16video (upper right corner) for Pine Bluff-Fair highlights.
Detailed 7A/6A standings and season scores here.
In other news …
The Arkansas Activities Association will decide during a meeting Thursday where this year’s high school postseason basketball tournaments will be held. Four schools have submitted bids to host the Class 5A State Tournament: Greene County Tech, Greenwood, Siloam Springs and Watson Chapel. Five schools are vying to host Class 1A State: Calico Rock, Izard County, Jasper, Nevada County and West Side Greers Ferry. Concord and Mulberry are the only schools that submitted bids to host the Class 1A Region 4 Tournament. The AAA will also award bids for baseball, softball and soccer tournament sites.
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