The Badgers led the majority of the game Friday against Dequeen, but could not hold on in the end as the Leopards came back to win by four, 65-61.

The Badgers led the majority of the game Friday against Dequeen, but could not hold on in the end as the Leopards came back to win by four, 65-61.
The Badgers led the entire game until just a few minutes remained in the third period when Leopard Jamrio Ervin came to life during the final 12 minutes of play and ended the game with 30 points. “He penetrated to the basket a lot and also got to the line a lot,” said Head Badger Coach Donald Williams. Leopard Greg White helped his team’s effort adding 18 points and James Ervin contributed 11 points.
In the end, turnovers and Jamrio Ervin were responsible for the undoing of the Badgers. “Dequeen had several four and six point swings there in the end,” said Williams.  “And that really hurt us.”
For the Badgers, Trae Bledsoe and Cordiars Arnold scored 16 points each. Marshawn Arnold was held to seven points and faced constant double-teaming from Dequeen’s defense. Jafari Robinson scored nine points and Greg Clayborn put up seven points.
Team wise, the Badgers were 6 of 13 from the free throw line and 24 of 55 from the field.
When Dequeen and the Badgers faced off in the first round of conference play earlier this season, Arkadelphia came out on top. Now, since Dequeen is 7-1 and the Badgers are 6-2, the Badgers move to second place in the conference behind the Leopards.
The Badgers return to the court Tuesday at AHS against Ashdown before making the long drive to Waldron Friday. The junior varsity 5 p.m. tipoff will begin the action both nights.