The Arkadelphia Badgers struggled in the second quarter, but they were able to come back and take a 57-49 win over the Benton-Harmony Grove Cardinals.
The Badgers dominated the opening quarter, taking an 18-10 lead before the Cardinals outscored them 18-8 in the second to take the lead, 28-26.
The Badgers came out of the locker room with purpose as they regained control of the game, taking a 41-38 lead going into the final eight minutes of play.
The home team then held Benton-Harmony Grove to 11 while adding 16 to secure the win.
Nathan Carter led the Badgers with 15 points. He had seven rebounds and one steal.
Mark Brazil had 14 points. He grabbed eight rebounds, blocked three shots and had a steal.
Kris Oliver put up nine points while grabbing four rebounds, tallying six assists and picking up one takeaway.
Bryant Robinson had seven points with four boards, three assists and two steals.
Jakahari Howell put up five points with two boards and four steals.
Keon Lewis added four points with three rebounds and a takeaway, and Adrian Barrett had three points with one board.
Head coach Donald Williams said that the Badgers still have improvements to be made.
"That's the biggest high school team I've played against since I've been coaching," he said. "The size that they've got for a high school team is unheard of. We got away from what we were doing in the second quarter. Once we got the lead, we started shooting the three-ball. We were working the baseline, and they kinda took that away from us, and instead of being patient, we got away from it. That was a good win for us. We're leaving 15-20 points at the [free throw] line. We should be shooting anywhere from 65-75 percent."
The Badgers hit 32 percent of their shots from the field. They made 17 of 34 attempts at the free throw line for 50 percent efficiency, and they shot for 12.5 percent from beyond the arc.
The Badgers will travel to Malvern tonight to open their conference schedule. Tip-off will follow the JV boys and Varsity girls games.