EPC SPLITS TWO FROM MARMADUKE
In high basketball action last week, the EPC boys basketball team split two with the Marmaduke Greyhounds. In the senior high game, EPC got 28 points from senior forward Cortney Brown and 10 points from guard P.J. Lacy to get a 72-69 win over the 3AA-North team. However, one of the longest winning streaks in Northeast Arkansas ended in the junior high game, as Marmaduke snapped a 30-game winning streak of EPC 60-56.
In the basketball homecoming for Marmaduke, the Greyhounds jumped out to a 21-13 first quarter lead over the favored EPC. However, EPC outscored Marmaduke 23-13 in the second frame to take a 36-34 lead at halftime. EPC held a 49-46 lead after three quarters and both tied scoringwise in the fourth quarter to set the final score. Marcus Monk, who returned in the game from an injured collarbone, scored nine points in two quarters of play. Daniel "Boo" Collins and Zac Patterson added eight for the Sr. Warriors (2-0). EPC Head Coach Lyn Alexander told the Tribune that after a slow 1st half, his team played hard in the 2nd half to pick up the win. As for the junior high game, the streak, which began in November 2000 and let to a District Championship for the junior high team last year, folded under several missed free throws in the final minutes down the stretch. Trailing by nine points late in the game, EPC went on a 16-0 run over a three minute period, to go up seven on Marmaduke. EPC was led by Spencer Harston, who scored a game-high 31 points and 12 rebounds on the night.
EPC was scheduled to play Tuesday night versus Riverside in Lepanto. However, due to Riverside's participation in the CRA tournament in Paragould, the game was postponed. EPC Head Coach Lyn Alexander announced Tuesday that the game will be made up Dec. 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Lepanto. EPC's senior high team next faces competition this weekend in the KFC-Taco Bell Classic at Jonesboro High School. After that tournament, both EPC teams will compete in the Tri-County Tournament in Paragould next week. Both teams received good draws in the tournament, with the senior team named the top seed and the junior team playing as the number two seed.