SHERIDAN — Pine Bluff held Sheridan to four first-quarter points and did not let the Yellowjackets fully recover Tuesday to take a 56-48 victory in 7A/6A-South boys basketball.
It was a much-needed victory for the Zebras (9-6, 4-1 in 7A/6A-South), who sought to remain in second place going into Friday’s home game against conference leader Benton, which was 16-2 and 5-0 before Tuesday’s home game against El Dorado.
Pine Bluff came off an 82-81 overtime loss at home to El Dorado and set a defensive tone against Sheridan (11-7, 2-4).
“We had two good quarters where we played man, then we got into foul trouble and had to go to a zone,” Zebras coach Carl Smith said.
Pine Bluff’s Rickey Clements led all scorers with 22 points. He was followed by Darrian Kee with 16 and Tyrone Payne with 12.
The Zebras jumped to a 10-4 lead and led 21-19 at halftime. It was 41-33 after three quarters.
Brady Bowlin scored 17 and Dylan Morris had 12 for Sheridan.
Pine Bluff 44, Sheridan 31
SHERIDAN — The battle for first place is set.
The Fillies (16-3, 5-0*** in 7A/6A-South) expanded an 18-13 halftime lead and remained unbeaten in the conference with a 13-point victory over the Lady Jackets (10-6, 3-3). Pine Bluff on Friday will host Benton (15-4, 6-0), which defeated El Dorado on Tuesday, and the winner will take first place.
Ajia Richardson led the Fillies with 14 points, while Marquitta Sergeant added eight. Josey Love led Sheridan with 10 points.
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*** This article has been corrected from its original version to fix incorrect stats.