CONWAY — Pine Bluff can credit Roosevelt Murray for two key plays in Thursday’s Wampus Cat Invitational game against Jacksonville.
Murray converted a game-tying basket off a steal by Marcus Thomas with just seconds remaining in regulation, then made a steal of his own late in overtime to seal a 63-61 victory against defending 5A state champion Jacksonville.
Murray scored 26 points to led the Zebras (1-2). He dribbled the final 6 seconds off the clock in overtime after the steal.
Also for Pine Bluff, J’Marlos Johnson had 15 points and Jamul Pryor scored 14.
The Zebras outscored the Red Devils 22-15 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, which they won 6-4. Jacksonville led 28-23 at halftime.
Because of Pine Bluff’s involvement in Saturday’s 6A state football championship game, the Zebras’ run in the Wampus Cat Invitational is over. The basketball Zebras will host Springdale at noon Saturday.
McGehee 54, Star City 49
McGEHEE — The Owls built a 30-point lead before the Bulldogs nearly made a complete comeback against the McGehee reserves Thursday night.
Tracy Lawson led McGehee (5-0) with 16 points and Ryan Berry added 10. McGehee outscored Star City 25-8 in the third quarter to take a 47-27 lead and added on to the margin for their largest lead of the night.
K.J. Mallett led Star City with 16 points.
Benton 42, Watson Chapel 35
CABOT — The Wildcats (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season in the semifinals of the Cabot Pre-Holiday Tournament.
Tevin Brown scored 10 points to lead Watson Chapel, which will face Cabot or Paragould in Saturday’s third-place game. Josh Bowling led Benton with 15 points.
Star City 37, McGehee 31
McGEHEE — Star City held McGehee to just three points in the final quarter as the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Owls 37-31 Thursday night.
Vanessa Jackson led Star City with 11 points.
Star City (7-2) will play today at Lake Village.
JUNIOR HIGH BOYS
Watson Chapel 44, Maumelle 28
MAUMELLE — With two players scoring in double figures, the Wildcats (4-4, 2-1 River City Conference) evened their overall record and defeated the Hornets on Thursday.
Simeon Blair scored 15 points and Griffin Penny had 10 for Watson Chapel. Devonte Kendal added nine points.
Jack Robey 30,
Cameron Crane scored 10 points but it was not enough as Dollarway lost by seven points to Jack Robey.
Crane was 4 of 7 from the free throw line as Dollarway fell to 2-7 on the season. As the team, the Cardinals were 9 of 13 from the free throw line.
Dollarway will host the James Liddell Classic on Dec. 21.
JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS
Watson Chapel 43, Maumelle 22
MAUMELLE — Behind Cayla Trotter’s 17 points, the Lady Wildcats (3-4, 1-2 River City Conference) picked up their first conference win of the season.
Destiney Qualls and Jayla Avery each scored eight for the Lady Wildcats, who will host White Hall on Monday.