Hor­nets ham­mer Hot Springs

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Tony Le­na­han tle­na­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

HOT SPRINGS — Down by a good mar­gin after one quar­ter of play to the Hot Springs Tro­jans Satur­day in the ESPN Show­case (broad­casted by ESPN Ra­dio), the Bryant Hor­nets had a huge sec­ond quar­ter to help Bryant to a 59-45 vic­tory, im­prov­ing to 4-1 on the sea­son.

The Hor­nets were down

18-11 after one, but turned on the de­fen­sive ef­fort in the sec­ond quar­ter, hold­ing a very tal­ented Tro­jans team just four points, outscor­ing Hot Springs 19-4 to take a 30-22 lead at the break.

Bryant would do just enough in the sec­ond half to keep and ex­tend that lead, outscor­ing the Tro­jans 12-11 in the third quar­ter and 17-13 in the fourth for the 14-point win.

Bryant se­nior Trey­lon Payne had an ex­cel­lent of­fen­sive out­ing, lead­ing the Hor­nets with 22 points on 8 of 11 shoot­ing, in­clud­ing 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Payne also led Bryant with seven re­bounds in the win.

Se­nior AJ Jenk­ins and ju­nior Ai­den Adams (3 of 4 from deep) added nine points each, with ju­nior Cam­ren Hunter ad­ding seven and sopho­more Khasen Robin­son six.

It was Bryant’s hot shoot­ing (22 of 39 for 58 per­cent and 9 of 15 from three) which led to the vic­tory as the Hor­nets had 22 turnovers (Hot Springs had 19) and were out­re­bounded 26-24.

The Hor­nets are back in ac­tion on Thurs­day when they face the Mcclel­lan Li­ons in the Jam­min’ for Jack­ets Tour­na­ment at 8:30 p.m. at Lit­tle Rock Hall High School.

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