The Arkadelphia Badgers picked up their first losses of the season over the weekend in the Russellville Cyclone Classic, finishing sixth overall in the tournament.
Thursday night, the Badgers opened the tournament against Subiaco Academy, falling to the Trojans, 64-54.
The Badgers were able to hold even with the Trojans in the opening quarter, 16-16, and they took a 35-32 lead by the end of the first half.
After the break, the Trojans came out hot, outscoring the Badgers 14-9 in the third to take a 46-44 lead going into the final eight minutes.
The Badgers tried to get the comeback, but the Subiaco defense held strong to secure the win.
Bryant Robinson led the Badgers in the game, picking up 14 points. He was seven-for-nine from the field, and he had seven rebounds and two steals.
Kris Oliver put up 13 points while grabbing five rebounds. He had six assists and a steal.
Mark Brazil had 12 points. He grabbed nine rebounds, had one takeaway and a blocked shot.
Jeff Blake added eight points and grabbed three rebounds.
Keon Lewis had three points, four rebounds and an assist.
Nathan Carter and Jakahari Howell each added two. Carter had four rebounds, an assist and a steal, and Howell had one rebound, an assist and two steals.
The Badgers defeated Mountain Home in the second round of the tournament, 69-64.
Arkadelphia jumped to a 17-8 lead in the opening period, but Mountain Home was able to come back in the second to cut the Badger lead to six, 35-29.
Following the halftime break, the Badgers stood strong, putting up 20 while allowing only 13 to take a 55-42 lead.
The final eight minutes, however, went to the Bombers as they outscored the Badgers, 22-14, to take the win.
Oliver led the Badgers with 24 points. Robinson put up 16 points with five rebounds and five steals.
Brazil had eight points with five boards, and Howell had three assists.
The Badgers shot 42 percent from outside the arc, and they hit 72 percent of their free throws.
Head coach Donald Williams was proud of his team’s performance Friday night.
“We played one of our better balanced games against a good Mountain Home team,” he said. “We shot 47 percent from the field. That’s something we can work on. Overall, we did pretty well. We played a complete game on both ends of the court.”
The win put the Badgers in the consolation final for fifth place against Sylvan Hills, falling 70-38.
The Badgers fell behind early as the Bears took a 20-11 lead in the first period.
The Bears continued to dominate the court in the second as they stretched their lead to 34-21 at the break.
The third stanza of play was much like the first two as the Badgers were held to 10 while Sylvan Hills put up 21 for a 45-31 lead going into the final period.
The Badgers added only seven in the final eight minutes while giving up 15 to set the final.
Keon Lewis led the Badgers with 11 points. Brazil had nine and eight rebounds.
“We had two that had to go take the ACT Saturday morning, and they got back just in time to play,” said Williams. “They weren’t able to get ready for the game. We didn’t shoot well at all. This was one of our poorest shooting games. We shot 30 percent from the field and 23 percent on three-pointers. We just couldn’t get it going.”
The Badgers will be back in action Thursday as they play host to Benton Harmony Grove. Tip-off will follow the JV girls and Varsity girls games.