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Zebras' stout defense keeps Rams in check

by I.C. Murrell | January 27, 2022 at 2:38 a.m.
Jordon Harris (23) of Pine Bluff, shown playing against Greg Wolf (4) and White Hall on Jan. 20, helped the Zebras score another win on Tuesday, this time against Hot Springs Lakeside. (Pine Bluff Commercial/I.C. Murrell)

Pine Bluff High School held Hot Springs Lakeside to two points in the third quarter with a zone defense Tuesday, and the Zebras dug out of a halftime deficit to beat the host Rams 60-43 and remain unbeaten in 5A-South Conference boys basketball.

Trailing 30-26 at the intermission, the Zebras (10-6, 5-0 in 5A-South) went to a 2-3 zone that kept the Rams' offense in check. The only points Lakeside scored that quarter were on free throws.

Lakeside scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Courtney Crutchfield scored 20 points, Troy'reon Ramos had 14, Jabbar Spellman added 12 and Jordon Harris netted 9 for Pine Bluff, which hosts Texarkana on Friday. The Zebras' home game scheduled for tonight against Lake Hamilton will be rescheduled again due to the Pine Bluff School District's annual report to the public at McFadden Gymasium.

White Hall 70, El Dorado 65

In White Hall, Jai'Chaunn Hayes scored 24 points and pulled down 4 rebounds to help the Bulldogs (7-8, 2-2 in 5A-South) snap a two-game slide.

Randy Emerson Jr. had 16 points and 3 rebounds, and Tavin Dunlap recorded 12 points and 6 rebounds in the win.

White Hall will take on Lake Hamilton in Pearcy on Friday.

Dollarway 65, Palestine-Wheatley 35

In Palestine, the Cardinals (1-12, 1-5 in 3A-6) broke through for their first win of the season and avenged an 18-point loss at Dollarway on Dec. 10.

Omarion Watson scored 17 points, Mark Davis had 10 and Eddie Collins Jr. added 9 for the Cardinals. Collins also picked up 4 steals.

Greg McGown scored 8 points in helping Dollarway, which will host Helena-West Helena Central on Friday.

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In girls action, Hot Springs Lakeside defeated Pine Bluff 31-20.

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