NEWPORT — They wanted to play the game for Tabarres Miller.
A little more than 24 hours after tragedy struck Dollarway High School, the Cardinals tipped off against the Newport Greyhounds for first place in the 2-4A Conference. There was no doubt the Cardinals wanted to go on for their fallen schoolmate.
“They handled it really well,” Dollarway coach Ellis Berry said. “We had a meeting this morning and asked if they wanted to play, and they wanted to play.”
Kabion Ento scored 20 points Thursday night to lead Dollarway to a 57-45 victory and sole possession of first place in the 2-4A. The game was a makeup from Dec. 13, when winter weather plagued the state.
Miller, 17, a junior, passed out while playing in a pickup game before the Cardinals’ practice on Wednesday and died. He was not on the basketball team but planned to play football next fall.
Ento knocked down a three-point basket with 1 second left before halftime to pad Dollarway’s lead to 35-29.
The Cardinals (8-2, 6-1 in 2-4A) also got 11 points from Joshua Liddell, 10 from Travon King and seven from Gujuan Christmas. As a team, they made only 23 of 62 field goals and 6 of 18 free throws, but they forced the Greyhounds (5-2 in 2-4A) into 29 turnovers.
“They did a good job for (Miller),” Berry said.
For Newport, Kharian Stafford had 15 points, Asante Shell added 13 and Charles Monroe scored nine.
Dollarway will host Batesville Southside tonight.
Warren 48, Hamburg 44 (OT)
WARREN — The Lumberjacks (4-4, 4-2 in 8-4A) outscored the Lions (5-8, 2-4) 9-5 in overtime to move into third place in the conference.
Warren overcame a slow start, outscoring Hamburg 14-6 in the second period to tie the game at 18 at halftime. Warren had a 12-9 edge in the fourth to force overtime.
Ryan Clary had 15 points and Darveon Brown 14 to lead Warren. Tre Miller scored a game-high 17 points and Kavion Pippen added 10 for Hamburg.
Monticello 73, DeWitt 30
DeWITT — Four Monticello players scored in double figures, and the Billies (13-3, 6-0 in 8-4A) left no doubt about their first-place standing in the 8-4A with a 43-point victory.
Chris Robertson led Monticello with 18 points. D.J. Franklin followed with 13, and Deshawn McGowan and Dontavia Clary added 10 apiece.
The Billies have won 20 straight games in conference play since joining the 8-4A last season. DeWitt fell to 3-3 in the 8-4A.
Warren 58, Hamburg 41
WARREN — Three Lady Jacks accounted for 52 of the team’s points en route to a 17-point win.
Shamiqua Pickett led all scorers with 29 points. Yakima Hegler added 13 points and Morgan Gathen had 10.
For Hamburg (7-9, 3-3 in 8-4A), Lakeisha Martin scored 16 and Marenthia Farmer added 13.
Warren (8-7, 3-3) surged to a 19-12 halftime lead after outscoring Hamburg 14-4 in the second quarter.
JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS
Watson Chapel 37, Jacksonville 31
JACKSONVILLE — Destiney Qualls and Cayla Trotter scored 13 points apiece to lead the Lady Wildcats to a road win Thursday night.
Chapel improved to 9-5 and 4-3 in the River City Conference.
The Chapel eighth-grade team (6-5, 3-3) won its game 28-26.
T’aja Williams led the way with nine points, and Kimerra Handley added seven.