RUSSELLVILLE JV 48 VAN BUREN 46
I'm no Cyclone historian but I believe this would be the first time in Cyclone Classic history that Russellville picked up two victories in the same day. A funny thing happened on the way to a Russellville versus Van Buren matchup in the semi-finals of the Cyclone Classic. The Russellville JV team upset the Pointers in the first round. No, that is not a typo. The Russellville JV team put a kink in the whole tournament actually with their upset. Because most of the Russellville JV team dresses for the varsity game administrators had to flip the bracket to avoid the inter-squad game. Now, instead of a Russellville vs Russellville JV matchup the Cyclones junior varsity squad will take on Sylvan Hills at 7:00 pm tonight while the Cyclones varsity squad will compete against Bentonville West at 8:30 pm. Both games will be at Cyclone Arena. The junior varsity squad used a 20 point second quarter to spur them to a 48 to 46 over the 7A West Pointers. Nicholas Carter led the Cyclones with 15 points and Caleb Mitchell-Franklin added 10 points. For the Pointers Brayden Gilmore had 14 points and Gary Phillips added 9.
Russellville JV 8 20 15 5 48
Van Buren 10 15 14 7 46
RUSSELLVILLE 59 SHILOH CHRISTIAN 38
Russellville moved to 4-2 on the season with a 59 to 38 victory over the Shiloh Christian Saints. The Cyclones distanced themselves from Shiloh outpacing the Saints 24-10 in the second quarter to take a 37 to 17 advantage into halftime. The Cyclone lead got as high as 28 points as Russellville cruised to victory. Russellville was led by Sophomore Trey Allen with 19 points and Ryan Sitkowski, who had two dunks, with 12 points. The Cyclones take on Bentonville West at 8:30 pm tonight at Cyclone Arena. Shiloh Christian will be matched up against Van Buren at 5:30 pm today.
Russellville 13 24 11 11 59
Shiloh Christian 7 10 3 18 38
BENTONVILLE WEST 59 SUBIACO 53
The first game of the Cyclone Classic was nip and tuck most of the way thru the Wolverines were able to stave off a comeback by the Trojans of Subiaco with by a count of 59 to 53. The game started flowing in the third quarter as Bentonville outscored Subiaco 20-18 after a slow start. Bentonville was able to stretch the lead to 10 points in the fourth quarter. It was then that Subiaco turned up the defensive pressure turning the Wolverines over several times. The Trojans furious comeback was stopped by made free throws by the Bentonville West. The Wolverines were led by Dawson Bailey's 19 points while Austin Conner added 10 points. Subiaco was led by Elvis Janga with 14 points and James Taylor's 11 points. The Wolverines will take on the Cyclones Varsity squad at 8:30 pm. The Trojans will take on Greenwood at 4:00 pm.
Bentonville West 9 11 20 19 59
Subiaco 7 12 18 16 53
SYLVAN HILLS 76 GREENWOOD 46
Sylvan Hills exacted a little revenge on a semi-finals loss in football on the hardwood. The Bears look to be the favorites to win the Cyclone Classic and a real contender for the 5A on the hardwood this season with their 30 point victory over Greenwood. The Bears, who only dressed nine players, are long and athletic. They gave the Bulldogs trouble on both ends of the court. The score at the half was 37-24 and Greenwood would eventually close the Bear lead to six points at 42-36, but it was a 22-4 run by Sylvan Hills that ended the Bulldogs hope for the upset. The Bears had three in double figures Jaylen Ricks led the Bears with 17 points followed by Jaylen Ricks with 13 points and Nick Smith with 11. The Bulldogs were led by Jack Gaston's 11 points. Sylvan Hills will take on Russellville JV at 7 pm while Greenwood will play Shiloh Christian at 5:30 at Cyclone Arena
Sylvan Hills 14 23 22 17 76
Greenwood 5 19 14 8 46