(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- Looking for their second win of the Riverbend Classic Saturday afternoon, the Bluejays saw the Wildcats connect on 8-of-10 free throws in the final minutes of the game to secure a 65-61 win.
"I thought we played well," Charleston head coach Danny Farmer said. "We made some mental mistakes right at the end that cost us the game.
"But we played hard and we hung in with a very good team."
After fighting back from a six-point deficit to tie the game with under two minutes to play, the Bluejays saw the Wildcats take a three-point after converting 3-of-4 free throws on two consecutive Charleston fouls with a minute left to play.
Though the Bluejays stayed within one score of North Little Rock until the final second, a late turnover driving up the court with under 13-seconds left sealed the game.
Able to hold on at the end, the Wildcats capped what was a second half surge that allowed to overcome what a five-point deficit at the half thanks in large part to a 18-8 run in the third quarter where North Little Rock took their first lead since early in the second quarter.
Getting points from eight of their 12 players, the Bluejays attack was led by Ryan Parham and Gregory Tucker who scored 23 and 20 points respectively.
While he would have obviously like to have left the Riverbend Classic at 2-0, Farmer was pleased with what he saw from his squad to start the season.
"We came down here just wanting to get out feet wet and see what we needed to work on to improve," he said. "We won a game and almost won another against two very good teams so I was very pleased."
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NORTH LITTLE ROCK (65) -- Gary Vines 2, Cody Ware 4, Reggie Bryles 23, Thomas Alexander 7, Chris Campbell 6, Donovan Coleman 19, Cameron Williams 4. FG 24, FT 15-20, F17. (3-pointers: Reggie Bryles 1, Thomas Alexander 1. Fouled out: none).
CHARLESTON (61) -- Aaron Cassell 1, Maurice Moore 1, Ryan Parham 23, Trey Watkins 4, Gregory Tucker 20, Jamaul Gray 3, Claude Armstrong 13 Krushon Scott 2. FG 23, FT 14-20, F 14. (3-pointers: Gregory Tucker 2, Jamaul Gray 1. Fouled out: none).
West Memphis, Ark. 69, Covington, Tenn. 57
NEW MADRID -- Breaking out for 13 points in the fourth quarter alone, West Memphis' DeMarcus McVay helped guide the Blue Devils to a 69-57 win over the Covington Chargers.
Building a 32-25 lead going into the half, the Blue Devils were able to sustain that seven-point lead going into the final quarter of play.
Keeping the Chargers from ever getting back into striking distance, West Memphis put up 21 points in the fourth to secure their second win of the Riverbend Classic.
Leading the Blue Devils' charge, McVay combined for 24 points, including 17 second half.
Coming in second for West Memphis was Jalen Jackson, who went 4-for-6 from line as part of his 17 points on the contest.
Dexter Moore and Demetrius Claybon were tops for Covington, scoring 16 and 13 points respectively.
WEST MEMPHIS (69) -- Arthur Jackson 8, Jalen Jackson 17, Keundre Jones 5, Dominick Tolbert 2, Tony Jeffries 7, Christian Carson 4, DeMarcus McVay 24, Darius Williams 2. FG 27, FT 14-19, F 10. (3-pointers: Jalen Jackson 1. Fouled out: none).
COVINGTON (57) -- Demetrius Claybon 13, Darrius Foster 9, Bernard Hurd 2, Devin Wakefield 4, Dexter Moore 16, Carnelius Edwards 8, Jawan Alston 2, Jerrain Foster 1, Shelton Lyons 2. FG 23, FT 4-6, F 15. (3-pointers: Demetrius Claybon 3, Darrius Foster 3, Carnelius Edwards 1. Fouled out: none).