Grand finale

ASU Mid-South caps season with road victory

By Chuck Livingston Sports Editor

Opponents have made a habit of having hot night against the Greyhounds of Arkansas State University Mid-South this season, but that doesn’t always have to spell doom for them, either. The Greyhounds won their regular season finale in Conway, topping Central Baptist Christian junior varsity team 101-96 to finish their regular season 18-10 after an 0-3 start. ASU Mid-South won despite Central Baptist JV canning 14 three-pointers in the game. “I’m glad to get this one in the books so we can focus on Saturday’s playoff,” said ASU Mid-South head coach Chris Parker. “It will certainly be a challenge, but I love going to battle with this team and just want to save each and every game we have left together.” While Central Baptist JV tried to shoot the lights out from three, ASU Mid-South got contributions from a number of unlikely contributors. The Greyhounds bench saw Teverette Cain score a career-high 16 points, while Joe’Randle Toliver scored 17 points on five three-pointers, while Chris Smith was active on the boards. “It’s great knowing that any of our players can step up and get the job done on any given night,” added Parker. ASU Mid-South had previously controlled their home game against Central Baptist JV in January, winning 128-74, but the shooting of the hosts kept them in Monday’s game all night long. The Greyhounds led 49-43 at halftime, and Central Baptist JV hit eight triples in the opening stanza. Despite Central Baptist’s hot shooting, Parker was actually encouraged by his team’s effort. “It was another game where the home team has a career shooting night, but it show we’ve really made progress,” said the coach. “They hit 14 three-pointers, but we were still able to get the win on the road.” Parker said that there wasn’t a specific adjustment made to slow down the Central Baptist onslaught. “We just outlasted them. I certainly think we did a better job in the last five minutes, but even then they hit one from 35 feet out,” says Parker. The Greyhounds were led by Randle’s 17 points, Cain’s 16 points, all in the second half, as well as 11 from Tasmania Jones. ASU Mid-South now turns its attention to Saturday afternoon in Harrison where they will play North Arkansas College for the third time this season in the Region 2 playoff. The winner will advance to the regional final for the right to advance to the NJCCA national tournament in Danville, Illinois. The Greyhounds won the 2014 Region 2 title in Harrison, the first in school history. North Arkansas returned the favor last season when they claimed the championship in The Dog House. Earlier this season, ASU Mid-South beat North Arkansas 83-79 at home to post the first win against a nationally-ranked team in the school’s history. The Lady Greyhounds will also battle for the Region 2 title on Saturday. That game will tip at 2 p.m. with the men starting up at 4 p.m.

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