Tuesday night, the Pine Bluff Zebras welcomed in the McClellan Lions for the second of two scheduled conference match ups. The Zebras came out victorious in the first contest against the Lions, but the game was highly competitive.
Pine Bluff was able to complete the season sweep of the Lions by gaining a 64-43 win.
The Lions, led by Chris Threatt, entered the game on a six-game losing streak, wanting to get back in the winners column badly.
Cadarius Baggett got the start for Pine Bluff after coming off the bench in previous games, and he got the Zebras on the board first with a couple of free throws. Scoring was hard to come by early on for either team, and with five minutes to play in quarter one, Pine Bluff had a slim lead of 3-1. For McClellan, Ian Robinson was the focal point down low, and he was able to use his length to create offense for the Lions.
Baggett and Morris led the offensive attack for Pine Bluff in the first quarter. However, McClellan's half court defense prevented Pine Bluff from running off with the game, and they held the Zebras to 10 first quarter points.
Caleb Parker opened the second quarter with his first points of the game on a three-point basket. However, with 4:33 to play in the first half, the Lions tied the game at 14-14 after back-to-back run-out buckets. Pine Bluff then went on a 14-4 run to close the first half, taking a 28-18 advantage into halftime.
The Zebras carried that momentum over into the second half, especially on defense. DeQuan Morris caught an alley-opp pass for a throw down midway through the third quarter, giving Pine Bluff a 16-point lead. The Zebra held McClellan to nine third quarter points, and that allowed them to take a 51-27 lead into the final quarter.
In the fourth, McClellan didn't quit, but the deficit was too large for them to overcome.
Robinson led all McClellan scorers with 13 points. DeQuan Morris led all scorers for the game with 18 points.