The Pine Bluff Zebras earned a hard-fought home victory Thursday night over the Forrest City Mustangs by a score of 91-85.
The Zebras led 21-20 after a close first quarter. A total of six ties and seven lead changes occured, with both teams starting off at a fast pace.
The Zebras controlled most of the second quarter, starting off on a 7-0 run. Kaleb Higgins hit a couple of three-point baskets and also lead the quarter with 7 points.
Forrest City cut the Zebras’ lead down to 34-32 before halftime. However, Pine Bluff finished the half on an 8-1 run to take a 42-33 lead into halftime.
Kendrick Thorn came out in the third quarter with the hot hand and scored seven straight points for Pine Bluff.
Justin Tillar hit a three pointer to cap off a 10-4 run and give the Zebras a 52-36 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Mustangs had a spark from Deviunta Foster, who led Forrest City with 22 points, including eight of those points in the third quarter. Foster and the Mustangs ended the third quarter on a 10-3 run.
With the Mustangs down 64-57 to start the fourth, Foster scored the first four points, along with two score from Ed Sparks, to put Forrest City ahead 65-64 over the Zebras.
Unfortunately, Foster picked up his second technical foul of the game, causing him to be ejected.
The Zebras gained some momentum after back-to-back three-point shots from Kaleb Higgins and Jyrimee Thompson.
Thompson then added six straight points to increase the Zebras’ lead to 82-75 over the Mustangs.
Forrest City would still put the pressure on Pine Bluff. After cutting the lead to 85-80, Chad Mathis made a three-pointer to keep Forrest City close.
However, Thorn made two free throws and scored again off a turnover to put the game away for the Zebras.
Thorn and Higgins led the way for Pine Bluff with 25 and 24 points, respectively. Thompson followed up with 18 points.
For Forrest City, Foster had 22 points; Mathis had 15 points.