In the upcoming district tournament, seeding will be a key factor, and that's why each of these last few games is valuable. The higher seeds will get to host on their home court, and that's a luxury that both the Pine Bluff Zebras and the White Hall Bulldogs would love to have. Tuesday night, the Bulldogs welcomed in the Zebras for senior night.
The Bulldogs only had one district win prior to senior night, and they've been battling through adversity with their Head Coach Marc Stringer fighting cancer. The Zebras entered the contest second in the district, and in order for them to secure that position they, needed a win over the Bulldogs.
Just as in the first match up between these two, Pine Bluff was simply too much for White Hall to handle, and the Zebras won by a final score of 62-40.
The Zebras began the game with a bang, as DeQuan Morris slammed one home after the tipoff. After a stop on defense, Caleb Parker knocked down a wide open three to propel Pine Bluff to the start they needed. White Hall's Tylin Walker would then connect on a three pointer that brought the Bulldogs within five points. However, the Zebras would then go on a 6-0 run to end the quarter and take a 16-5 advantage into quarter two.
Pine Bluff's ability to crash the offensive glass led to extra possessions. On the other hand, the Bulldogs were driving the ball against the aggressive defense of Pine Bluff, and that allowed them to get to the free throw line. After the Bulldogs beat Pine Bluff's press down the court for a couple easy lay ups, Dixon called for timeout with a 20-13 lead. Out of the timeout, the Zebras went on a 16-7 run, taking a 35-20 lead into intermission.
To begin the second half, the Zebras wanted to score in transition. Stifling defense and break away lay ups allowed Pine Bluff to open their first 20-point lead of the game. Stringer called for timeout as the game began to get away from the Bulldogs. However, the Bulldogs didn't have an answer for the extended defense of Pine Bluff.
In the fourth quarter, Dixon began to work in a few of his reserves. Caleb Parker continued to be in attack mode, and he had no problem blowing by defenders to get inside the lane. Things became discouraging for the Bulldogs as they could smell defeat, and the Zebras would go on to complete another season sweep.