The Badgers pulled out their second consecutive overtime win Tuesday in Malvern, beating the Leopards 81-74.

The Badgers pulled out their second consecutive overtime win Tuesday in Malvern, beating the Leopards 81-74.
Cordiars Arnold got the Badgers off to a 3-0 start on Arkadelphia's first trip down the court. Marshawn Arnold added two more points soon after and the Badgers moved to an early 5-0 lead. Malvern managed to sink a three to make the score 5-3.
Jafari Robinson hit a three with 3:50 remaining in the first period, and extended the Badger’s lead to seven, 10-3. Sharrod Robinson found the basket for two points and a 12-4 Arkadelphia lead, but Malvern brought in a full set of fresh legs, subbing every Leopard on the court, and before the end of the first period, Arkadelphia and Malvern were exchanging  leads almost every trip down the court.
Malvern continued to play 10 players, subbing in a new squad a five players every time the group on the court showed signs of fatigue. But Arkadelphia started to pull away and developed a 10 point lead with just a few minutes left in regulation.
25 ticks were left on the clock and Malvern cut the Badger lead to three. Malvern hit a free throw to make it a two point game and then, with 2.7 seconds left, Arkadelphia was called for a foul on a Malvern player who was dribbling down the court between the sideline and the three point arc. After the whistle was blown, the Malvern player pulled up and shot a 3-pointer, which was off target. The referee sent the Leopard to the line for three free throws.
Down by two, and with 2.7 seconds remaining, the Leopard hit his first and third free throws, tieing the game at 67-67.
The Badgers held the Leopards to only seven points during the overtime period and held on to an 81-74 win.
Cordiars Arnold led the Badgers with  27 points and Marshawn Arnold scored 16. Trae Bledsoe scored nine points and Sharrod and Jafari Robinson contributed eight points each.
The Badgers only hit 12 of 30 free throws and Head Coach Donald Williams is not satisfied.
“We are still having problems at the free throw line,” said Williams. “We need to see improvement there.” But Williams also knows the value of “stealing” wins on the road, especially against a rival.
“We met a hostile environment at Malvern,” said Williams ... In this conference, anybody can beat anybody on any given night. Every night you hit the floor, you have to be ready to play.”
The Badgers are 15-5 and 6-1 going into Friday’s home game against Dequeen which will begin the second round of conference play. The junior varsity tip will be at 5 p.m.