DUMAS — Maumelle rode into Dumas on Thursday behind statewide lake wind advisories and blew away Dumas' aspirations of reaching the Class 4A state tournament with a 52-46 victory in the opening round of the 4A South Regional tournament.
DUMAS — Maumelle rode into Dumas on Thursday behind statewide lake wind advisories and blew away Dumas’ aspirations of reaching the Class 4A state tournament with a 52-46 victory in the opening round of the 4A South Regional tournament.
The Hornets (20-9) used a 19-4 run in the second half to overcome a 10-point Bobcat lead and held on to advance to tonight’s 8:30 semifinal matchup against 8-4A top-seeded Dollarway.
“That was the key to the ballgame,” Maumelle coach Wayne Herren said. “I told the guys at halftime they had to settle down. We knew the crowd was going to be a factor and we were going to have to play with a lot of emotion.”
The downfall for Dumas possibly came at the 4-minute mark in the second frame, with the Bobcats leading 25-19. That’s when junior post player Dontavious Stovall was removed from the game with a shoulder injury.
Dumas managed control of the affair for the rest of the first half. But with Stovall sidelined for the remainder of the game, the Hornets took advantage in the paint.
“He has been our leading scorer since we came back from Christmas break,” Dumas coach Johnny Hendrix said. “That took our inside game away and opened up things for them down low.”
Eric Parks scored 17 of his game-leading 19 points with Stovall serving spectator status. Parks landed two free throws with 4:20 left in regulation that pulled the Hornets to within 39-38. Following a three by Marquis McClinton seconds later, Parks and McClinton ended the run with a pair of Parks free throws and a mid-range jumper from McClinton.
Dumas scored the next six points as Jarrett Slater, Johnny Gibson and Charleston Dobbs scored on three consecutive possessions to knot the score at 45. Parks answered right back with two driving scores in the paint and McClinton hit 3 of 4 from the stripe to ice it with time winding down.
“He really came on in the third period,” Herren said of Parks. “That’s what we expect from him. He gave us a good performance tonight. Those two guys (Parks and McClinton) are most of our offense. And they both had good games tonight.”
Parks was 7 of 10 from the free-throw line and 6 of 13 from the floor. McClinton finished with 16 points.
Maumelle will now face Dollarway in the semis in what will turn out to be somewhat less of a road game for the Hornets.
“We have played a road game since the playoffs started,” Herren said. “We are used to being the road team even though we have been the home team on the scoreboard.”
Dumas, which finished the season 14-8, was led in scoring by Antonio Ford and Khendle Joyner with nine points each. Stovall finished his abbreviated night with six.