EPC finishes third, in Jonesboro tournament
Playing in one of the toughest tournaments in Northeast Arkansas this year, the EPC Sr. Warriors fought back from a key loss to pick up the third place trophy in the KFC-Taco Bell-Pepsi Hurricane Classic last weekend.
The Sr. Warriors (4-2), under first-year coach Kevin Kyzer battled in the eight-team tournament, facing AAAAA team Russellville and Memphis teams Overton and Trezevant in the three games. In the first round game against Russellville, played at Hurricane Gym, EPC got 26 points from Marcus Monk and 17 points from P.J. Lacy to pick up a 57-51 victory. The key to the game was the fact that EPC hit 6 of 6 free throws in the final two minutes to win over the Cyclones. After the Russellville win, EPC faced one of the toughest teams in the state of Tennessee: Memphis Overton. EPC jumped out to a 23-20 halftime lead and led by nine points with one minute left in the third quarter. However, Overton, led by 6-6 forward Jonathan Bohanna's 22 points made a 30-6 run over the rest of the game to defeat EPC 56-43. EPC was again led by the tandem of Monk and Lacy, who scored 20 and 11 points, respectively. Overton was the overall winner of the tournament, defeating Jonesboro Saturday night 65-63. Of that game, EPC Head Coach Kevin Kyzer told Delta Life that Overton was "real physical" and "wore us down." After the loss, EPC settled for playing for third place in the tournament, facing another tough Memphis team: Memphis Trezevant. Trezevant, which boasts such NBA stars as Penny Hardaway and Elliott Perry as alumni, battled the Warriors for most of the first half. However, EPC battled back late in the second quarter, to take a 32-22 lead at halftime. The Warriors, who were led by Marcus Monk's 31 points, used an up-and-down style in the style in the second half to take a 51-37 lead at the end of three quarters. EPC was also helped by the passing skills of Lacy, who picked up 11 assists in the game. Trezevant was led by Adrian Banks, who scored 30 points on the night. Tournament officials named Saturday that P.J. Lacy and Marcus Monk were selected to the All-Tournament Team, for their efforts in the tournament.
With one tournament behind them, EPC begins play this week as they host the Tri-County Tournament in Lepanto. After receiving a first-round bye, into the semifinals, EPC faces the winner of the Paragould/Riverside game Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. The Jr. Warriors also battle in the tournament, facing the Armorel Tigers Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. EPC also received word this week that they will receive a first round bye, in the NEA Tournament, played during the Christmas holidays on the campus of ASU. EPC is seeded second in the Class AAA-AAAA-AAAAA tournament, with fellow 3AAA-South team Osceola receiving the top seed.