NEW ORLEANS — The Arkansas Razorbacks knew their season was hanging in the balance.
They’d blown a double-digit lead against Alabama. They’d lost a high-scoring shootout to Auburn.
Stumble again, and say hello to another trip to a consolation bowl.
“We started talking about how we can’t let this decide the rest of our season,” linebacker Jerry Franklin said. “That was the turning point.”
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen improved to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in the Class 4A-2 when they edged the Clinton Yellow Jackets 60-59 in overtime here Monday night.
Clinton led 12-11, 29-27 and 47-45 at the quarter breaks. It was 54-54 at the end of regulation.
Chaz Mathews tied it at 54 with two free throws with 23 seconds to play.
Southside’s home high school basketball games with Heber Springs, originally scheduled for tonight, were incorrectly included in a list of schedule moves due to tonight’s Arkansas-Ohio State football game.
Southside will host Heber Springs, a 4A-2 District foe, for three games (junior girls, senior girls and senior boys) beginning at 5 tonight.
The Sugar Bowl in New Orleans is scheduled to kick off at 7:30.
One Pioneer basketball team found its scoring shoes and the other didn’t here Monday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
In both teams’ final nonconference games of the regular season, the Batesville Lady Pioneers rallied past the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins for a 44-33 victory, and the Bruins mauled the Pioneers 55-28.
The Lady Pioneers were playing their first game in 17 days, and their coach said they looked it early on.
Batesville High School’s run of cross country state championships stretched to seven and topped a flurry of big sports news in the fall of 2010.
ROSE BUD — The Concord Pirates capped a good week here Thursday with a 51-42 championship victory over the Mount Vernon-Enola War Eagles in the Greers Ferry Lake Classic.
Ryan Cornelison led the 13-10 Pirates with 18 points. Jacob Roark and Logan King added 16 and 12 points, respectively.
To reach the title game, Concord defeated West Side-Greers Ferry 64-43 on Monday and Shirley 61-40 on Tuesday.
The Lady Pirates fell 66-41 in the opening round to the Nemo Vista Red Hawks.
The Arkansas-Ohio State football game at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans made for several changes to this week’s basketball schedules for circulation-area schools.
Games in Batesville, Southside and Cave City set for Tuesday evening have been moved to tonight, and games involving Cedar Ridge, Izard County and Hillcrest teams have been moved to earlier starting times on Tuesday (see the “Sport calendar” below for more details).
The Razorbacks and Buckeyes are scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 Tuesday night.
JACKSON, MISS. — The Lyon Scots defeated the Brenau Golden Tigers 66-52 in their final game of the Belhaven Classic here Saturday afternoon.
Several lead changes took place in the first half, but a late surge by the Scots gave them a 34-25 edge at halftime. Lyon, which improved to 8-4, didn’t relinquish the lead despite several runs by Brenau (8-2).
The Scots dominated the boards 49-27. The Tigers didn’t help themselves shooting either. They hit only 19 of 61 from the field (31 percent), including only two of 19 from 3-point range (10.5 percent).
JONESBORO (AP) — Rashad Allison scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, to boost Arkansas State to a 69-57 victory over South Alabama on Thursday night.
After falling behind early 9-8, the Red Wolves (6-8, 1-0 Sun Belt) scored nine straight points and never trailed again. They led by as many as 16 late in the second half.
Donald Boone added 13 points for the Red Wolves while Trey Finn scored 10 and Martavius Adams pulled down 13 rebounds.
JACKSON, Miss. — The Lyon Scots returned to action for the first time in almost three weeks and suffered a 68-58 loss to the Belhaven Blazers in the Belhaven Classic womens basketball tournament.
The Scots’ rust was evident in the first half. They hit only five of 20 2-pointers, missed all seven 3-point attempts and couldn’t convert on three free-throw tries.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Maya Moore and everybody around UConn realized how much this meant to Stanford after several near misses against the mighty Huskies — one in the Final Four, another that cost the Cardinal the 2010 NCAA title.
No. 1 Connecticut’s remarkable run is over, a 90-game winning streak stopped by an inspired Stanford squad determined to protect its own impressive mark: 52 straight home wins at Maples Pavilion.
JONESBORO — The Game 103.9 recently selected All-Decade Northeast Arkansas Basketball Tournament teams and five former Lyon players were among the selections.
Kristie (Gay) Jenkins and Rachel (Benson) Gifford were selected on the womens teams while David Brogden, Steve Ridley and Kevin Johnson represented the mens team.
Championship games for this year’s NEA Tournament are scheduled for today. In the small school division, Buffalo Island Central and East Poinsett County are set to meet in the girls final while EPC and Rivercrest battle for the boys title.