Monday was the final day of the second King Cotton Holiday Classic basketball tournament at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Here are the results of the early games Monday. A wrap-up of the late games will be on line Tuesday.
Bryant 68, Raymond, Mississippi 58
After dropping their first two games in the King Cotton Classic, the Bryant Hornets collected their first win Monday as they downed the Raymond, Mississippi Rangers 68 to 58.
The two hooked up in the opening game of the tournament’s final day and Bryant prevented Raymond from getting their second win. The Rangers dropped their first game Friday night.
Hornets junior guard Camren Hunter and senior guard Treylon Payne combined to score on Bryant’s first four possessions to open the game. Sophomore guard Khasen Robinson joined the party with a corner three to open a 13-5 lead for Bryant.
Turnovers were a problem early for Raymond and it slowed their production down on offense. After one quarter of play, the Hornets led the Rangers 19-11.
Bryant opened quarter two on a 8-2 run behind three pointers by junior Aiden Adams and Robinson.
Bryant’s found consistent success out of their motion offense. At halftime the Hornets held a 10-point lead, and Payne had accounted for 14 of their points.
Robinson continued to show his ability to fill it up with a jump shot in the lane coming out of halftime. With 3:11 to play in the third quarter, Jabarie Robinson had 22 points for Raymond, and after they cut the deficit to seven, they forced Bryant Head Coach Mike Abrahmson into a timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, the Hornets went on a 10-3 run to push their lead back to double-digits. Bryant’s trio of Payne, Hunter, and Robinson was hard for the Rangers to stop. Heading into the fourth, Bryant led Raymond 55-42.
In the final period of play, Raymond outscored Bryant 16-13, but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback.
Raymond’s Jabarie Robinson finished with a game-high 26 points.
Bryant had four scorers in double digits, including Treylon Payne with a team-high 19 points.
Orr Academy, Illinois 64, Jacksonville, Arkansas 62
Orr Academy collected their second win of the King Cotton Holiday Classic as they slipped by Jacksonville 64-62 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Monday.
The Orr Academy Spartans, out of Chicago, won for the second time against one loss while the Jacksonville Titans dropped their second game of the tourney. Jacksonville won once.
Orr came out efficient on offense, forcing Jacksonville Head Coach Victor Joyner to sub all five starters out in the first quarter as he was displeased with their effort on defense.
All five starters for Orr got in the scorers column in the first quarter, including senior big man Demarius Splunge who established himself down low.
However, Jacksonville junior guard Braxton Brown and senior forward Ryan Maxwell provided the Titans with a spark off the bench. After one quarter of play Orr led Jacksonville 15-11.
To begin quarter two, Jacksonville subbed their five starters back in. Titans senior point guard Davonte Davis made an instant impact as he re-entered by finding open players for easy shot attempts. Davis then broke out in transition for a one-hand slam dunk that forced Orr Head Coach Louis Adams into a timeout.
Orr senior guard Bryce Hall got hot late in the first half, scoring eight points to keep Jacksonville close.
At halftime the Titans and Spartans were knotted at 29-29.
To begin the second half, Davis collected two one hand slams to get the Titans going and on the other end, Splunge took advantage of his size to finish at the rim.
Jacksonville would then go on a run behind seven straight points combined between junior forwards Jordan Maxwell and Ryan Maxwell.
Orr sophomore guard Leontae Lilly knocked down a buzzer beating three to end the third quarter and pull Orr within five points of the Titans, 48-43.
The Spartans tightened their defense up to begin the final period by applying a full court press. They forced the Titans into back-to-back turnovers that turned into four points for Spartans.
At the final media timeout with 5:16 to play, Jacksonville held a slim 54-50 lead over Orr.
Coming out of the that timeout, the Titans went up eight point, but Orr quickly answered with an 9-0 run capped off by a Splunge transition slam dunk to take a one point lead.
Coach Adams called for a timeout with 1:11 remaining in regulation with the Spartans up 61-60.
Both teams battled in that final minute, and with :3 seconds remaining Jacksonville had a chance to tie or take the lead but they came up short. Orr Academy’s Splunge finished with a game-high 24 points.