Central Arkansas Christian’s Mustangs came oh-so-close to another weekly sweep of 7-4A conference games last week but instead lost a heartbreaker in double overtime at Malvern.
Matt Hall’s team opened the week 6-12 overall but was tied for second in the conference race at 4-3. CAC, Arkansas Baptist and Malvern trail league-leading Arkadelphia.
The Mustangs were up nine heading into the fourth quarter at Malvern, but the Leopards hit some big shots down the stretch to force the extra period and the Mustangs came up three points short after two OTs, 65-62.
“They’re playing good and getting better every week,” Hall said of his Mustangs. “They’re doing a bunch of good stuff. I’m still very pleased with how we’re doing. If you’re on the road and have a chance to win, that’s what you want, and we’ve done that. Everywhere we’ve been, we’ve had a chance.”
The Mustangs put four players in double figures at Malvern: Stephen Flanigan with 18, Davis Allen with 15, Joseph Strange with 12 and Eric Bentley with 11.
“We’re putting ourselves in position to win every game, so that’s good,” Hall said. “That’s what we want to do.”
Earlier last week, CAC knocked off Ashdown, 43-29. Strange led scoring with 15 points.
CAC played host to Arkansas Baptist on Tuesday. The Mustangs had lost the earlier meeting, 50-45. They will play host to Nashville, a team they beat by 39-35 earlier, on Friday and will travel to Pulaski Robinson on Tuesday, Feb. 4. CAC knocked off Robinson in the first meeting, 58-23.
“We’ve talked all year about protecting home court, and (Baptist and Nashville) are two we should win at home,” Hall said Monday. “If we play the way we can, we should be in position to win, and we hope we can make the plays down the stretch to do so.”