The Cabot Panthers gave the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats all they wanted for most of Monday night before finally going down 58-45.
Cabot led 26-22 at halftime and was tied 38-38 going into the fourth quarter.
"They just wore us down by the end," said Cabot coach Jerry Bridges. "They stuck with their game plan and it got to us in the fourth quarter."
The Panthers played even with the Wildcats for most of the game before falling back 48-42 midway through the fourth quarter.
"They’re strong and athletic at every position, which is usually a good thing on the basketball court," Bridges said. "But our guys hung in there and showed a lot of toughness the whole game."
Nick Thomas led Cabot with 13 points, while Jake Ferguson had one of his best offensive games of the season with 10 points. Hunter York scored eight points, with Adolpho Iglesias adding six points.
"Nick had a really good game for us," Bridges said. "Jake had a great game. He was really active defensively. Jerrod Dixon and Adolpho gave us some good minutes off the bench."
North Little Rock’s constant pressure was the cause of some late turnovers that the Wildcats were able to turn into points. The Wildcats ended the game on a 10-3 run.
"When we were executing well and getting the ball set up in our half court game, we were able to score a little bit," said Bridges. "We just couldn’t quite keep it up at the end."