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Baptist Prep spreads production

By Tim Cooper

This article was published March 11, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

Malvern’s Andre Jones (1) tries to shoot over Baptist Prep defender Connor Vanover during the Class 4A boys state championship game Thursday in Hot Springs. Vanover was named the Class 4A state tournament MVP. More photos are available at arkansasonline.com/galleries.

Baptist Prep’s Brandon Vanover (right) drives past Malvern defender Jordan Hughes during Thursday’s game. Vanover finished with 14 points.

Baptist Prep’s Chad McGonigal (11) battles with Malvern’s Jordan Hughes for one of the Eagles’ 23 rebounds in a 61-54 victory over the Leopards.

Malvern vs. Baptist Prep

Malvern played Baptist Prep in the 4A boys state championship game Thursday March 10, 2016 in Hot S...

MVP

CONNOR VANOVER

BAPTIST PREP

Connor Vanover capped a 26-8 season for the Baptist Prep Eagles by scoring 10 points and earning MVP honors in the Class 4A boys tournament. Vanover, a 7-3 sophomore, was 5 of 10 from the floor, including a dunk early in the third quarter to help Baptist Prep move out to a 33-26 advantage. He also scored on a 3-footer during a key 7-0 surge by the Eagles later in the quarter. Baptist Prep was 6 of 13 on three-pointers, which Vanover said made it easier for him and his 7-0 brother Brandon Vanover to operate under the goal.

AND ONES

Baptist Prep earned its fourth state title. The Eagles’ previous championship came in 2009. They also won titles in 1999 and 1997. … Malvern was playing in its first state championship game since winning back-toback state titles in 1989 and 1990. … Andre Jones scored at least 30 points in all three of Malvern’s state tournament games. … Baptist Prep had five players to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor. … Malvern had only four players to score. Baptist Prep had five players score. … There were five lead changes in the game, all in the first quarter. … Baptist Prep’s biggest lead was 11 points, which came late in the first half. … There were only eight offensive rebounds in the game, five by Malvern, 3 by Baptist Prep. There were only six second-chance points scored, four by Baptist Prep, two by Malvern.

— Tim Cooper



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Baptist Prep had every phase of its game working Thursday night.

Baptist Prep’s Brandon Vanover (right) drives past Malvern defender Jordan Hughes during Thursday’s game. Vanover finished with 14 points.

Baptist Prep’s Chad McGonigal (11) battles with Malvern’s Jordan Hughes for one of the Eagles’ 23 rebounds in a 61-54 victory over the Leopards.

Malvern vs. Baptist Prep

Malvern played Baptist Prep in the 4A boys state championship game Thursday March 10, 2016 in Hot S...

MVP

CONNOR VANOVER

BAPTIST PREP

Connor Vanover capped a 26-8 season for the Baptist Prep Eagles by scoring 10 points and earning MVP honors in the Class 4A boys tournament. Vanover, a 7-3 sophomore, was 5 of 10 from the floor, including a dunk early in the third quarter to help Baptist Prep move out to a 33-26 advantage. He also scored on a 3-footer during a key 7-0 surge by the Eagles later in the quarter. Baptist Prep was 6 of 13 on three-pointers, which Vanover said made it easier for him and his 7-0 brother Brandon Vanover to operate under the goal.

AND ONES

Baptist Prep earned its fourth state title. The Eagles’ previous championship came in 2009. They also won titles in 1999 and 1997. … Malvern was playing in its first state championship game since winning back-toback state titles in 1989 and 1990. … Andre Jones scored at least 30 points in all three of Malvern’s state tournament games. … Baptist Prep had five players to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor. … Malvern had only four players to score. Baptist Prep had five players score. … There were five lead changes in the game, all in the first quarter. … Baptist Prep’s biggest lead was 11 points, which came late in the first half. … There were only eight offensive rebounds in the game, five by Malvern, 3 by Baptist Prep. There were only six second-chance points scored, four by Baptist Prep, two by Malvern.

— Tim Cooper



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