Bentonville West 56 Russellville Varsity 55
The Russellville varsity squad (4-3) dropped a heart breaker in the Cyclone Classic last night to Bentonville West (2-3) 56-55. The Wolverines scored the first nine points of the game which made the Cyclones work their way our of the hole the rest of the game. Russellville was able to tie the game up at 39 going into the fourth on the strength of four of Bowen Mathis' five three pointers.
Mathis went to the free throw line for the Cyclones with 46.5 seconds remaining in the game. He nailed both free throw to put Russellville up 55 to 52. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, those would be the final points of the ball game.
West's Jonas Higson grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back to draw the game back to a one point deficit with 21 seconds remaining. Bentonville then turned Russellville over in the back court. After a couple attempts to get the ball in bounds West's Tucker Svoboda drove to the basket and was able to draw the foul. Svoboda was able to hit the first free throw then Russellville called a timeout to ice Svoboda, but he converted the second free throw to regain a one point lead.
With only 3.6 seconds remaining on the clock Russellville tried to hit the homerun Rhett Adkins tried a baseball pass to the Cyclone's end of the court only to be intercepted by West. The Wolverines covered the ball up and time expired.
Bowen Mathis led the way for the Cyclones with 26 points while Trey Allen added 11 points for the Cyclones. Dawson Bailey led the Wolverines with 25 points and Jonas Higson added 11. The Cyclones host Cabot at Cyclone Arena on Tuesday.
SYLVAN HILLS 73 RUSSELLVILLE JV 48
Every Cinderella has a midnight and midnight struck on Russellville JV last night versus the Sylvan Hills Bears. The junior varsity squad battled the 5A contender, but were unable to overcome the talent that the Bears trotted out on the court. The Bears are led by several college prospects including Jalen Ricks and Nick Smith who are being looked at by the Razorbacks among others. Caleb Mitchell-Franklin led the team with 12 points and Nick Carter added 11 points. Sylvan Hills takes on Bentonville West for the Championship today at 5:30 pm.