Missouri prep basketball power St. Louis Cardinal Knight found out Monday what many teams in Arkansas have learned about Magnolia over the past four years.
That said, if you give the Panthers a chance, they will most likely take advantage of it, as they did on their 61st game in 62 games.
Arkansas signatory Derrian Ford had 17 of his highest 26 points at halftime when Magnolia fell from 13 points behind Cardinal Ritter 55:47 in the opening round of the King Cotton Classic at Pine Bluff.
“We knew we could come back in this game,” said Ford. “We’ve been down before, not against a team of that caliber. It’s a great team, but I think all of our hard work, competing so hard in training, paid off in the end.
“Everyone always sees the glory of winning, but not the work we do in training. That’s why we won today. “
Arkansas basketball head coach Eric Musselman and assistant Gus Argenal were on hand to see Ford, part of a 2022 Razorback signing class of five that ranks second nationwide.
“It’s going to be great,” said Ford of the future Razorbacks. “I have a feeling that we will team up on the pitch and everyone wants the same thing, which is to win the national championship.”
Cardinal Ritter has won consecutive titles in the Missouri Class 5A.
Missouri power led 21-8 by the end of the first quarter, 32-22 at halftime and 40-35 in the final quarter.
“We’re going to celebrate that win tonight, but be focused and ready to get started tomorrow,” said Ford. “I was excited to play against such a team, come down and show that we can fight through adversity.”
Devonta Walker added 14 for the Panthers (7-0) as they attempt to win their third state title in four years.
“I think, given the size and athleticism in this atmosphere, we were just very shy in the first half,” said Magnolia coach Ben Lindsey. “I think we screwed up four straight set plays on four consecutive trips.
“I know we closed the gap a bit at halftime, but it took us until halftime to relax a bit.”
According to Lindsey, Ford was trying to do too much too soon.
“This game was very tough for him as they sent three or four boys on him and our other boys played like deer in the spotlights,” said Lindsey. “He made it very hard because of that. He can make four games on sales and he had five tonight. ”
Colby Garland, a three year old starter for Magnolia, joined Maumelle before the start of the season.
“It was a little different,” said Ford. “We lost a great player, but he’s on a great team. He’s still a family and we wish him all the best. “
Lindsey’s team will face Shreveport Huntington, one of two brackets in the event, in a semi-final round of the Creed Bracket at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday.
“It’s a great honor to play here,” said Lindsey. “We had to see a competition like this to do better. Before we arrived, we talked about the fact that even if we were 3-0 we would learn what we need to do better, individually and as a team. But yes, you want to win every time you go out. “
Little Rock Parkview 66, Fort Bend, Texas Hightower 63
Parkview College student Dallas Thomas (6-8, 167) – who has a bid for Arkansas – had 12 points when five players scored double digits for the Patriots (8-1).
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St. Louis Christian Brothers 63, Raymond, Miss. 54
Christian Brothers was without head coach Justin Tatum (father of NBA player Jayson Tatum) and star Larry Hughes Jr., both of whom suffer from Covid.
It had a 7-foot-2 student center and Arkansas recruiting interest in John Bol, who had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks.
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Baytown, Texas Goose Creek Memorial 80, Chicago De Le Salle 60.
Dariyus Woodson scored 23 and Sam Bradford 21 for the winners, while DaJuan Bates scored 35 points for De La Salle. Bradford has a Texas A&M offering.
Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman is now in the building for the final five games of the day, which is home to all of the state’s teams.
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Shreveport Huntington 51, White Hall 41
Freshman Jai’Chaunn Hayes had 18 for White Hall.
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Magnolia 55, St. Louis Cardinal Knight 47
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Beaumont (Texas) United 66, Watson Chapel 18
The first mismatch of the day, when Beaumont was leading at half time by 39:12 and scoring the first 21 points of the second half to take a 60:12 lead.
Houston signatory Terrance Arceneaux had 15 points for Beaumont United (14-1) while Junior Guard Wesley Yates (6-4) – who has an Arkansas offer – added 13 points.
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North Little Rock 77, Shreveport Calvary Baptist 46
Oregon signatory Kel’el Ware had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Arkansas signatory Nick Smith added 19 points and 9 assists for North Little Rock (9-3).
Ware was 11 of 12 out of the field, including the hits of both 3-pointers that he tried.
Smith was 7 out of 10 out of the field, 2 out of 5 out of 3, and 3 out of 3 out of the foul line.
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Antioch (Tenn.) Cain Ridge 62, Pine Bluff 57
Alabama signatory Brandon Miller – Arkansas signatory Nick Smith’s best friend and former Bradley Beal AAU teammate – had 34 points to lead his team to victory. He did so in front of Alabama head coach Nate Oats.
Miller and Smith’s teams play Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
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Games on Tuesday
• Fort Bend, Texas Hightower vs. Chicago De La Salle, 2:00 pm
• St. Louis Cardinal Knights vs. White Hall, 3:15 pm
• Magnolia vs. Shreveport Huntington, 5:45 pm
• Little Rock Parkview vs. Baytown, Texas Goose Creek Memorial, 8:15 pm
• Watson Chapel vs. Raymond, Miss., 11:00 am
• Shreveport Calvary Baptist vs. Pine Bluff, 12:45 pm
• Beaumont (Texas) Union vs. St. Louis Christian Brothers, 4:30 pm
• North Little Rock vs. Antioch (Tenn.) Cain Ridge, 7pm