DUMAS — Dollarway's bid for a Class 4A South Regional championship came up short Friday night as the Cardinals suffered a 43-42 loss to Maumelle.
DUMAS — Dollarway’s bid for a Class 4A South Regional championship came up short Friday night as the Cardinals suffered a 43-42 loss to Maumelle.
Dollarway (22-7) will settle for the consolation game at 1:30 p.m. today against McGehee, which dropped a 64-43 decision to Pulaski Academy. The Hornets (21-9) will play Pulaski Academy at 7:30 tonight for the tournament crown.
In the final 5.1 seconds, Dollarway’s Lawrence Allen took the final shot from just inside the free-throw line but missed off the front iron. Nowden and Davonne Chapman had tip-in efforts that also failed to find the bottom of the net as time expired.
“We had a good look at it. We just came up short,” said Cardinals coach Ellis Berry. “I stress to them that you have to protect the ball. You can away with it playing those mediocre teams. But when you come up against a good team you have to protect the ball. If you don’t they are going to hurt you.”
After playing a back-and-forth game for much of the first half that ended with a 29-27 Maumelle advantage, Dollarway apeared to be in the driver’s seat during the third period that saw the Hornets fail to score a point.
“We were saving them up for the fourth quarter,” Maumelle coach Wayne Herren quipped. “We just got out of synch and their height and length creates a lot of problems for us. We just knocked down some big threes late. We are just a scrappy bunch.”
Dollarway was facing its own scoring problems, managing just five points in the stanza for a 32-29 advantage entering the final quarter. Maumelle’s Steven Thomas nailed a three, one of five in the game, out of the quarter break to pull the Hornets to within 34-32.
After the teams exchanged free throws, the Cards went on a 6-0 run for a 42-36 lead, capped by a long-range bomb from Kabion Ento with 2 minutes left. But the Cards turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions down the stretch and Maumelle took advantage as Thomas and Marquis McClinton hit back-to-back treys to close the gap to 42-39 with 1:15 left.
Thomas made a free throw at the 1-minute mark and McClinton put the finishing touches on the scoring with a three-point shot from the top of the key with 21 seconds left. Dollarway had two chances to steal the game in the waning moments but failed to score.
Josh Liddell’s runner in the lane fell short and the rebound went out of bounds. Maumelle failed to inbound the ball on the ensuing possession and the Cardinals had one final shot with 5.1 seconds left.
Herren said Thomas’ performance was crucial to the success of the Hornets.
“He had a tough game last night (against Dumas),” Herren said. “He felt bad after that game. We talked about it before the game tonight and he really stepped up.”
Berry said it was a case of Maumelle making the crucial plays.
“They just made more plays than we did down the stretch,” Berry said. “We just have to come back in here (today) and hope we play good enough to win.
“We have to get our minds right and try to come in here and get a victory.”