Bench play helps Fayet­teville past Har­ri­son.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - RICK FIRES Rick Fires can be reached at [email protected] or on Twit­ter @NWARick.


FAYET­TEVILLE — Fayet­teville re­ceived ma­jor con­tri­bu­tions from its bench Fri­day to win its sec­ond game in the Fayet­teville Bull­dog Clas­sic.

Hank Gibbs sparked a sec­ond-quar­ter surge and fresh­man Isa­iah Rele­ford played like a vet­eran in the fourth quar­ter to help Fayet­teville to a 58-46 vic­tory over Har­ri­son at Bull­dog Arena. Collin Cooper led the way for Fayet­teville with 15 points af­ter he eclipsed 1,000 points for his ca­reer dur­ing a 67-57 vic­tory over Hot Springs on Thurs­day.

Fayet­teville badly outscored Har­ri­son in the sec­ond (15-6) and fourth quar­ters (16-7) while post­ing its fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. Gibbs pro­vided a spark in the sec­ond quar­ter with five points, in­clud­ing a 3-point bas­ket af­ter scor­ing in­side on an as­sist from Isa­iah Rele­ford.

In the fourth quar­ter, Gibbs took an in­side feed from Dar­ius Bow­ers for a bas­ket to put the Bull­dogs ahead 50-46. Gibbs also teamed with Ta­maury Rele­ford to help con­tain Har­ri­son’s Car­son Jour­na­gan, who scored 26 points for Har­ri­son dur­ing a win over Lee’s Sum­mit (Mo.) West on Thurs­day.

“Hank had a big im­pact in the game and he and Dar­ius con­tinue to get bet­ter and bet­ter,” Fayet­teville coach Kyle Adams said of the two ath­letes who played quar­ter­back for the foot­ball team at Fayet­teville. “They’re still get­ting in bas­ket­ball shape, which is dif­fer­ent from foot­ball shape.”

Class 4A Har­ri­son (5-2) mounted a come­back in the sec­ond half and tied the game on a bas­ket by Jour­na­gan with six min­utes, 10 sec­onds left to play. But Isa­iah Rele­ford made two steals in the fourth quar­ter and con­nected on six con­sec­u­tive free throws to help Fayet­teville se­cure the vic­tory.

“We’re ex­per­i­ment­ing and play­ing dif­fer­ent line­ups to see what works,” Adams said. “Isa­iah and that sec­ond group came in and set­tled in, and did a good job.”

Ja­cob Shrum added nine points for Har­ri­son while Ta­maury Rele­ford had nine points and three blocked shots for Fayet­teville (6-1).

“Their in­side pres­ence was strong and they went right to it, which was smart,” Har­ri­son coach David Stahler said. “We also missed some wide open 3s that hurt.”

In other games Fri­day, Hot Springs de­feated Lee’s Sum­mit (Mo.) West 80-62, Jack­sonville edged Spring­dale 56-54, and Blytheville beat Con­way 52-45.

Har­ri­son ............ 14 6 19 7 — 46 Fayet­teville ........ 14 15 13 16 — 58 Har­ri­son (5-2): Jour­na­gan 13, Shrum 9, El­liott 7, Say­lors 7, Gundry 6, Martin 4.

Fayet­teville (6-1): Cooper 15, I. Rele­ford 11, T. Rele­ford 9, Gibbs 7, Gar­rett 7, Bar­rett 3, Bow­ers 3, Wright 3.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE

Fayet­teville for­ward Hank Gibbs (left) drives to the lane as Har­ri­son cen­ter Jayce Martin de­fends Fri­day at Bull­dog Arena in Fayet­teville. Visit­tos to see more pho­to­graphs from the game.

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