Area teams advance to NEA semi-finals

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

EPC's Warriors and Lady Warriors along with the Marked Tree Indians all advanced to the semi-finals of the NEA Invitational Tournament being held at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

EPC defeated Sloan-Hendrix in the opening round 76-64 with three players reaching double figures in points. T.J. Young led the Warriors with 22 points, Clay Malone finished with 19 points and Zay Reed chipped in 17 points. EPC led 18-11 after one, 31-25 at half and 61-40 after three.

Against BIC the game was a classic as both teams played their hearts outs with EPC pulling out a 65-62 win. The Warriors again had three players in double figures with Malone and Reed each scoring 15 points and Montrell James adding 11 points. EPC led 20-11 after one, 35-28 at halftime and 51-42 after three.

The Warriors will play Marmaduke on December 30.

Marked Tree beat Armorel 65-56 in the opening round before using a strong fourth quarter against Izard County Consolidated to win 54-51.

D'Angelo Griffin Daniel and Terry Carter combined for 48 points against Armorel with Daniel netting 26 points and Carter finishing with 22 points. The Indians led 15-13 after one, 27-24 at the break and 38-35 headed to the final quarter.

Marked Tree trailed after each of the first three quarters (14-10, 30-20 and 41-36) before outscoring Izard County Consolidated 18-15 in the final quarter to pull out the win. Three Indians reached double digits in scoring led by Daniel with 19 points, Tirek Young finished with 13 points and Carter added 10 points.

The Indians will play Bay on December 30.

The Lady Warriors downed Augusta 68-51 in the opening round before squeaking past Rector 38-36 in the quarter-finals.

Synteria Ward led three EPC players in double figures against Augusta with 25 points. Becca Bishop netted 15 points and Christian Hinson finished with 10 points. The Lady Warriors had the lead after each quarter, 18-14, 36-34 and 54-45.

EPC built a 10 point first half lead against Rector and then had to hold on for a 38-36 win to advance to the semi-finals. Ward again led EPC in scoring with 14 points as Bishop and Constant each finished with eight points. EPC led 15-9 after one, 24-14 at the half and 27-25 after three.

The Lady Warriors will play Marmaduke on December 30.

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