After a couple of blowouts either way, new Central Arkansas Christian boys basketball coach Matt Hall was expecting to get a truer measure of his Mustangs starting this week.
CAC (1-1) was scheduled to travel to Paragould on Tuesday. After the Thanksgiving break, the Mustangs will play host to Little Rock Christian on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
“I think Paragould is going to be a very good test for us,” Hall, who took the reins of the boys program from Steve Quattlebaum, said Monday. “Morrilton (which knocked off the Mustangs, 82-55) was really, really good. We may get up to Paragould and they turn out to be just as good, but I think Paragould and Little Rock Christian will give us a test of where we stand early.”
The Mustangs rolled over Jacksonville Lighthouse in the season opener, 65-26. Junior Marcus Robinson led them with 13 points.
Eric Bentley, a senior guard, scored 19 to lead CAC against Morrilton.
“I think they’ve got a chance to win (Class) 5A,” Hall said of the Devil Dogs.
The new coach has now had his entire team together for a few weeks following football season, and he likes what he sees.
“We’ve got some good talent, but none of them have played many varsity minutes,” he said. “I think they’ll continue to get better as the year goes on, and by the end of the year we’ll be good and surprise a bunch of people.”
Little Rock Christian has become a good rival for CAC, and this meeting will take on added significance. Hall said Warrior coach Austin Trembley was one of his best friends in the city.
“We know a lot about each other,” Hall said. “Before I got the high school job here, I did some volunteer work at Little Rock Christian. We went to a week-long coaching clinic together; we talk three or four times a week. It’s going to be a very interesting game, and we’re both excited about it.
“They’re pretty talented, and they’ve got a lot more back from last year than we have.”
CAC will then play host to its OrthoArkansas Classic Dec. 5-7 when Maumelle, Little Rock Catholic and Bryant will visit Mustang Mountain.