HASKELL - Preston Crowder scored 29 points and his 1000th point of his high school career to lead Arkadelphia to a 75-69 double-overtime victory over the Haskell Harmony Grove Cardinals on Thursday night in a make up game held at Dan Henley Gymnasium in Haskell.
The game was made up from an early January date that was canceled at the time due to wintry weather.
“I knew it coming in and we played with hardly any energy,” Arkadelphia head basketball coach Donnie Williams said. “You could tell. Harmony Grove is a much improved ball club at home, so I told our kids to be ready for anything. We have been finding ways to win here lately, so I am pleased with the effort.”
Crowder, who also had 10 rebounds, only needed 15 points to make the 1000-point mark for his career and he opened the game with two free throws. He put in two more free throws for a 4-0 lead before Seth Limoges scored his first of 34 points that included 10 3-pointers. Javeon Nelson put in basket for Arkadelphia before Crowder scored inside for an 8-3 lead.
Harmony Grove cut the game down to one point with two baskets, but Crowder scored again and Nelson put in a basket to keep the Badgers in front 12-10 by the end of the first quarter.
Kanavious Leeper put in two free throws for Arkadelphia then Keyshawn Johnson scored to make it 16-10. Leeper put in a basket inside for the Badgers, but Harmony Grove scored seven straight points to take a 19-18 lead.
Shemar Dickens put in a layup after a steal and Crowder put in a basket after Dillon Scott made a steal. The Cardinals came back to take a 24-22 lead on a 3-pointer from Limoges, but Leeper scored for Arkadephia and Crowder added two free throws to put the Badgers up 26-24 by halftime.
Nelson scored six straight points for Arkadelphia to begin the third quarter and make it 32-26. Crowder scored off a Dickens pass and Crowder made his 1001st point on a basket with 4:14 left in the third quarter to increase the Badgers lead to 36-31.
Robert Morgan made a steal and layup and Crowder put in another basket for a 40-34 lead. Crowder put in two free throws and scored inside after a Scott steal. Nelson put in an basket with 4.1 seconds left in the period to put Arkadelphia up 46-36.
Limoges started the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer for Harmony Grove. Nelson put in one of two free throws, but Braden Carman made two free throws. Joseph Gatti hit a 3-pointer for the Cardinals after Scott scored inside for Arkadelphia to make it 49-44. Crowder scored to push the Badgers lead back to seven points, but Carman made four free throws in a row and Logan Whitley made a 3-pointer to put the Cardinals ahead 53-51.
Dickens completed a three-point play to put the Badgers back in front by one point, 54-53, but Limoges made three straight free throws. Dickens made two free throws to tie the game at 56-56 with 2:50 to go in regulation and Morgan made two more free throws with 1:29 left to make it 58-56. Dickens made one of two free throws with 1:03 to play and Morgan added another free throw at the 48 second mark to put Arkadelphia up 60-57. Limoges made a 3-pointer with 36 to go and the Badgers turned the ball over with two seconds to play in regulation leaving the game tied at 60-60.
Limoges gave Harmony Grove the lead in the first overtime with a 3-pointer, but Dickens answered with a 3-pointer for the Badgers. Nelson made a steal, but Crowder missed an off-balanced shot at the buzzer and the score stayed tied at 63-63.
In the second overtime, Crowder sank one of two free throws and Dickens put in a layup for a 66-63 Arkadelphia lead. Crowder made two more free throws before Limoges made three straight free throws again to cut the game to two points with 1:33 to go. Scott scored inside for the Badgers and Crowder added two more free throws for a 72-66 lead with one minute left.
Dickens put in three free throws and made steal in the final 39 seconds to preserve the Arkadelphia win.
“We had a chance to lay down, but we didn’t,” Williams said. “It is tough playing on the road this time of the year. Nobody fouled out. Our kids played smart. It was a good, hard-fought ball game.”
Along with Crowder, Dickens finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four steals, Nelson had 13 points six rebounds and two steals, while Leeper added six points, Morgan had five points, Scott scored four and Johnson added two points.