CONWAY – The Lonoke Jackrabbits pulled away from Conway St. Joseph for a 43-28 win in the finals of the St. Joseph Classic on Saturday night.
Lonoke got off to a slow start, trailing 10-4 late in the first quarter.
Lonoke’s Jamel Rankin then got a steal and layup at the first quarter buzzer to make the score 10-4. That was the start of a 12-0 run, which gave the Jackrabbits a 16-10 lead with 4:28 left in the first half. Tykel Gray continued the run with a short jumper. Rankin then scored on a drive to the basket before Gray hit a three-pointer and Blake Mack converted a three-point play to account for the run.
St. Joseph would not go away, pulling to within one at 18-17. Lonoke’s Darian Young hit a free throw with 40.6 seconds left in the first half to make the score 19-17 at halftime.
The Jackrabbits started the second half with a 14-4 run, which was highlighted by a dunk from Mack with 7:08 left in the game. The closest that St. Joseph got the rest of the game was nine points at 33-24 with 5:23 left. From there, Lonoke outscored the Bulldogs 10-4.
Mack led Lonoke with 13 points. Rankin added 11. Gray and Young had five points each. Darius McCall had four. Brenton Bryant added a three-pointer. Bryson Jackson scored two.
Lonoke 57, Southside 49
The Lonoke Jackrabbits improved to 6-0 on the season with a 57-49 win over Southside Batesville in the 4A-2 conference opener Monday.
Lonoke led 15-14 after one quarter. Tykel Gray scored 10 of Lonoke’s 15 points. Darian Young scored three while Blake Mack added two.
The Jackrabbits pushed their lead to 29-21 at halftime.
Mack led Lonoke with 19 points. Gray scored 14. Darius McCall had nine. Young added eight. Brenton Bryant had five. Jamel Rankin scored two.
Lonoke 81, Pangburn 50
Lonoke beat Pangburn 81-50 last week at Conway Christian.
Lonoke led 15-9 after one quarter and 39-21 at halftime.
Jamel Rankin led Lonoke with 23 points. Blake Mack had 18. Tykel Gray scored 11. Darian Young and Darius McCall had eight points each. Brenton Bryant and Justin Meadows had four points each. Brandon Meek and Fabio Araujo had two points each. Lucas McKenzie added a free throw.