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REX NELSON: Pine Bluff thinks big

By Rex Nelson

This article was published February 24, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

On Feb. 12, I wrote a short post on social media to note that it was on that date in 1984 that the University of Arkansas' Charles Balentine hit a baseline jumper with four seconds remaining to lead the Razorback basketball team to a 65-64 victory over the No. 1 team in the country, the University of North Carolina. The game was played at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. In a famous photo of that shot, North Carolina's No. 23--a fellow named Michael Jordan--looks on helplessly.

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cgbp says... February 24, 2018 at 3:11 p.m.

Oh, I hope this comes to fruition! Pine Bluff deserves to get something good going again. I didn't remember the basketball game there in 1984 but I do remember Charles Balentine being a good player. What a story he has about playing against Michael Jordan and beating his team. Thanks for all the good information you write about our sweet little state -- I love it!!

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Delta2 says... February 25, 2018 at 12:04 a.m.

For those of us in Eastern/Southeastern AR, Little Rock is pretty much in the crapper. Pine Bluff has taken some hard knocks (some deservedly), but here is an opportunity for them to turn into a hub for a quarter of the state. I certainly hope for the best for them, and will support all efforts for them.

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