HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Freshmen B.J. Young and Devonta Abron played their first game out of the state of Arkansas on Saturday and left with a lot of confidence, despite a 13-point loss.
Young scored a season-high 28 points and Abron added eight points and 16 rebounds in a 75-62 loss at No. 8 Connecticut (7-1).
Arkansas (5-2) won the rebounding battle, 47-35.
“My young pups, they battled them and battled them pretty hard,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “But in the end, you have to put the ball in the hole.”
LITTLE ROCK — The Lyon College Scots shot well enough and got enough key stops to post a 92-83 victory over the Philander Smith Panthers here Friday night.
The Scots shot 57.6 percent from the field. Slater Belew scored 18 points for the Scots while hitting nine of 10 shots from the field. He also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers broke through for a win here Saturday morning in the Searcy Bank Classic and it came against a 5A-East District foe.
The Lady Pioneers collected their first win in six tries, defeating the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets 55-24 as Hailey Hastings recorded a double-double. The 5-foot-8 junior post player scored 25 points and snared 11 rebounds.
LITTLE ROCK — The Greenwood Bulldogs turned a close game into a rout in quick fashion in War Memorial Stadium Saturday night.
The Bulldogs led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter. Six and a half minutes later, they led 35-11, and rolled on to a 53-11 victory over the Batesville Pioneers in the Class 5A State Playoffs high school football championship game.
“We played well for a quarter, then went to a bad place,” Batesville Coach Dave King said.
NEWPORT — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves remained unbeaten and knocked off the Class 5A Nettleton Raiders here Thursday night, winning 53-48 in the semifinals of the Medallion Classic.
Cedar Ridge is a Class 2A school.
Spencer Reaves scored 17 points to lead the 8-0 T-wolves. Cole Crabtree added 12 points.
“Jordan Steele got injured in the first quarter and Andy Crawford, Jordan Pelley and Justin Lovell stepped up big in his absence,” Cedar Ridge Coach Isaac Middlebrooks said.
Cedar Ridge is scheduled to play Newport at 6:30 Satruday night in the title game.
It was a win, but not one that their coach sounded too happy about.
The Lyon College Scots improved to 7-2 with a 63-51, non-conference basketball victory over the Oklahoma Wesleyan Lady Eagles in Becknell Gymnasium Thursday night.
“We knew going into the game that this is a tough team — real aggressive — and we knew they were especially strong at rebounding,” Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “Knowing that, I was disappointed that we gave up as many offensive rebounds as we did. Lots of times they scored on second or third shots.”
Led by their rebounding and defense, the Batesville Junior Pioneers thrashed the Beebe Junior Badgers 46-25 in a non-conference basketball game in Pioneer Gym Thursday night.
“Overall, our defense played really well,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “We did a good job playing a little half-court, 2-3 matchup zone and trapping out of it. We’ve got some kids with good instincts.
“The big thing, though, is we killed them on the boards,” Rush added. “Between Justin Gallant and Dillon Daniels, we really did a good job rebounding.”
The Batesville Pioneers got off to a slow start and the Lady Pioneers struggled in the latter stages while losing in basketball tournaments Thursday night.
In the Medallion Classic at Newport, the host team outscored the Pioneers 17-7 in the first quarter and won 46-34.
The Greyhounds led 28-15 at halftime and 41-21 after three quarters.
E.J. Rucker led the winners with 18 points. Michael Reynolds added 11.
Seniors Hunter Vinson and Bailey Pollett will be forever linked with the arrival of a winning Pioneer football team.
“Put those two together and you’ve got a 10-game winning streak,” said Batesville Coach Stuart Smith, the Pioneers’ defensive coordinator.
Vinson, a starter at inside linebacker all season, experienced his breakout game in the 5A-East District opener against the Nettleton Raiders with seven solo stops and four assisted tackles.
Batesville vs. Greenwood
Class 5A State Playoff championship game
Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium
Kickoff • Saturday night 6:30
Reminded of how the Greenwood Bulldogs’ defense shut down the Batesville Pioneers in the 5A semifinals last year, and knowing how this Bulldog defense looks even tougher, Batesville Coach Dave King chuckled and said, “Hopefully, we’re a lot better on offense than we were last year.”
And that’s the common theme: This is another year, another day and another game.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas has leaned heavily on its freshmen through the early part of this season.
On Wednesday, it was time for the upperclassmen to shine.
Mardracus Wade scored a career-high 20 points and Julysses Nobles added 16 to lead Arkansas to a 97-64 win over Mississippi Valley State.
Wade, a sophomore guard, hit seven of 10 field goal attempts. He had 15 points before halftime, helping the Razorbacks to a 47-30 lead at the intermission.