Leader Blues

Friday, March 07, 2008

SPORTS >>Road to a championship

Nov. 24 — Lonoke 87, Clarksville 67

Tyrone Dobbins led the way with 23 points, pacing five Jackrabbits in double figures. Michael Howard had 14, Clarence Harris 13, Bradley Spencer 12 and Pierre Smith.
Lonoke opened up a close game in the third quarter. (Record: 1-0)

Nov. 26 — Hot Springs 55, Lonoke 50

Bradley Spencer had 17 points in the close loss to the Trojans in the first round of the Searcy Bank Classic. Neither team led by more than two possessions, but Hot Springs’ 22-point performance in the fourth quarter was enough to pull off an early-season upset. (1-1)

Nov. 27 — Lonoke 54, Southside Batesville 37

Michael Howard led the Jackrabbits with 15 points, as Lonoke sliced its way through the Southerners’ 1-3-1 defensive assault on its way to a win during the first-round consolation bracket game of the Bank Classic tourney. (2-1)

Nov. 29 — Lonoke 68, Searcy 58

Tyrone Dobbins had 16 points for Lonoke, with 13 more from Michael Howard, but for ’Rabbits fans, it was their first real look at freshman sensation Myles Taylor. Taylor dominated the Lions inside with 13 points and eight rebounds, and earned a spot in the main rotation for the remainder of the season. (3-1)

Dec. 1 — Lonoke 53, Wynne 42

Bradley Spencer and Myles Taylor each had 15 points, as the Jackrabbits claimed the consolation finals of the Searcy Bank Classic. Michael Howard sat out the game injured, but three players in double figures, including 11 points from Tyrone Dobbins gave Lonoke balanced scoring against the less-potent Yellowjackets. (4-1)

Dec. 4 — Lonoke 58, Lutheran 36

Juice Lambert led the way with 12 points during the unsurprising conference-opening blowout. Howard remained on the bench, and was joined by team captain Bradley Spencer. (5-1)

Dec. 6 — J.A. Fair 46, Lonoke 43

Myles Taylor was the only ’Rabbit in double-figures with 12 points, as Lonoke’s first-round tourney struggles continued during the opening round of the ‘Jammin’-4-Jackets tournament at North Little Rock (5-2)

Dec. 7 — Lonoke 69, Pulaski Robinson 64

It was the Jackrabbits’ only win of the Jammin’-4-Jackets tourney. Michael Howard led Lonoke with 18 points over the Senators. (6-2)

Dec. 8 — Parkview 55, Lonoke 45

It would be the only time all season that the ’Rabbits suffered back-to-back losses. Bradley Spencer led with 12 points, but it was not enough against the 6A powerhouse Patriots. (6-3)

Dec. 11— Lonoke 80, Marianna Lee 64

Lonoke took its frustration from the strugglesof the J4J tourney out on the Trojans. Michael Howard led the Jackrabbits back into 2-4A Conference play in style with a 19-point performance. (6-3)

Dec. 14 — Lonoke 53, Mountain View 49

No other league opponent gave Lonoke more scares than the Yellowjackets in ’07-’08. The ’Rabbits needed every bit of Bradley Spencer’s 14 points and Clarence Harris’ 13 points to down the pesky ’Jackets. (8-3)

Dec. 15 — Lonoke 69, England 35

Michael Howard led with 17 points during this non-conference affair. The Jackrabbits took a 22-5 lead after one quarter and never looked back. (9-3)

Dec. 21— Stuttgart 54, Lonoke 49

Clarence Harris’ 16 points was not quite enough during the ’Rabbits’ first conference loss of the season. (9-4)

Dec. 27— Lonoke 67, Harding Academy 44

The Jackrabbits cruised through the opening round of the Beebe Holiday Classic, led by a 13-point performance by Clarence Harris. Lance Jackson also had one of his stoutest offensive performance of the year with 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers, all of which came during the second period. (10-4)

Dec. 28 — Lonoke 63, Star City 49

A difficult first quarter for the Jackrabbits put the Bulldogs up 16-7 after one, but the remaining three frames was all Lonoke. Michael Howard led scoring with 19 points, as the ’Rabbits moved on to the finals of the Holiday Classic to face an opponent that would become all too familiar before season’s end. (11-4)

Dec. 29 — Lonoke 70, Newport 33

The biggest rout of the season for the Jackrabbits closed out the Beebe tournament, and made for an anticlimactic ending to the annual event. Lonoke held the Greyhounds to only 10 points in the second half, with subs on the floor for most of that time. Michael Howard led with 19 points. (12-4

Jan. 3 — Newport 64, Lonoke 61

The ’Hounds got their revenge, and this time, it counted towards conference points. Clarence Harris led with 18 points during the disappointing loss, but it was the last time the Jackrabbits tasted defeat. (12-5)

Jan. 4 — Lonoke 61, Bald Knob 29

The rebuilding Bulldogs had no answer for Tony Jackson’s 13-point performance to lead Lonoke, as 11 Jackrabbit players made their way onto the scoreboard at some point in the game. (13-5)

Jan. 8 — Lonoke 54, Stuttgart 50

The Jackrabbits avenged the earlier league loss, but it wasn’t easy. Tyrone Dobbins led the Jackrabbits with 12 points, as Lonoke regained its spot atop the 2-4A standings. (14-5)

Jan. 11 — Lonoke 66, Heber Springs 39

Tyrone Dobbins shot the lights out of his home gym with a 24-point performance over the Panthers. Lonoke held a 36-18 lead at halftime on the way to its third-straight conference win. (15-5)

Jan. 15 — Lonoke 51, Southside Batesville 35

Lonoke’s second win over the Southerners had a near-identical final score. Michael Howard led the way with 26 points, including six three-point baskets. (16-5)

Jan. 22 — Lonoke 58, Lutheran 37

It was the same song, second verse for the Jackrabbits, as Bradley Spencer led the way with 16 points to down Lions for the second time. (17-5)

Jan. 24 — Lonoke 61, Mountain View 60

The first meeting between the two teams caused the Jackrabbits to sweat, but this one threatened to throw a wrench into everything. Lonoke held on with a 15-point performance by Bradley Spencer to lead the way, but the Yellowjackets undoubtedly earned new respect throughout the league on that night. (18-5)

Jan. 29 — Lonoke 62, Newport 50

The third in what ended up as a best-of-five series was highlighted by a 26-point blast by the ’Rabbits in the first quarter. They built a 13-point lead during the opening frame, and maintained that advantage the rest of the way. Michael Howard led with 20 points. (19-5)

Feb. 1 — Lonoke 49, Bald Knob 14

The Jackrabbits shut down their lesser foes big time in this one. It was a well-rounded offensive performance for Lonoke with Bradley Spencer’s 10 points leading the way. Every member of the Jackrabbits team scored during this game, including a third-quarter basket for Michael Nelson. (20-5)

Feb. 5 — Lonoke 60, Marianna Lee 57

The Jackrabbits improved their league record to 13-2, but had to withstand a 22-point fourth quarter by the tenacious Trojans. Michael Howard led with 19 points, with 12 for Myles Taylor. (21-5)

Feb. 8 — Lonoke 74, Heber Springs 64

The Panthers showed significant improvement since the first meeting less than a month earlier, as the Jackrabbits struggled to find motivation during the regular-season finale after officially claiming the 2-4A title three days prior. Bradley Spencer’s 15 points to lead all scorers helped Lonoke keep its 10-game winning streak in tact. (22-5)

Feb. 14 — Lonoke 54, Newport 42

The Greyhounds took it to Lonoke in the first half, but a lopsided 19-4 performance for the Jackrabbits in the third quarter changed the game’s complexion, as the Greyhounds completely fell apart in the late going after dominating much of the first three quarters. Bradley Spencer led the way with 16 points, as Lonoke advanced to the final round of the district tournament at Bald Knob High School. (23-5)

Feb. 16 — Lonoke 46, Southside Batesville 31

The Southerners came into the district championship game as hot as a team can be, but the Jackrabbits extinguished their hopes, led by an 18-point performance by Michael Howard. (24-5)

Feb. 18 — Lonoke 60, Highland 48

The Jackrabbits struggled to put their opponent away during the first round of the East regional tournament at Bald Knob High School. The fourth quarter proved to be the difference, as Lonoke outscored the senior-dominated Rebels 23-13 in the last eight minutes of play to qualify for the state tournament. (25-5)

Feb. 22 — Lonoke 40, Stuttgart 38

This game would break the series tie between the two teams, and the Ricebirds nearly rallied to pull off the upset. The ’Rabbits held on with a 14-point performance by Bradley Spencer to lead the way during the East regional semifinal win. (26-5)

Feb. 23 — Lonoke 65, Newport 47

The last of five meetings between these two teams turned out like the majority of the other showdowns, with a rather-easy Lonoke win. Bradley Spencer’s 17 points led the way for the Jackrabbits, who wrapped up the East region crown with the win to earn a No. 1 seed at the state tournament in Dumas. (27-5)

Feb. 29 — Lonoke 72, McGehee 63

Clarence Harris had 19 points to lead the Jackrabbits during the quarterfinal round of the 4A state tournament, but it was Bradley Spencer’s 13-0f-15 performance from the foul line in the fourth quarter that finally put away the tremendously-stubborn Owls. (28-5)

March 1 — Lonoke 55, Arkansas Baptist 45

The Jackrabbits struggled to find momentum until the last four minutes of the first half. They controlled most of the second half, but had to withstand a serious rally from the Eagles late in the state semifinals to secure their ticket to Spa City. Bradley Spencer and Michael Howard led with 15 points each. (29-5)

March 6 — Lonoke 47, Hamburg 42
Lonoke captures its fifth boys basketball title.