SEARCY — The Lonoke Jackrabbits, coming off an emotional loss to North Pulaski on Friday, fell behind 11-0 to Wynne in the Rivervew Classic on Saturday. That didn’t last long.
The Jackrabbits rallied for a 57-46 win over the Yellowjackets.
"We came out a little flat and I’m not sure why," Lonoke coach Dean Campbell said. "We played well the night before. We talked about what they [Wynne] wanted to do and that is shoot 3s.
"Wynne didn’t make me out to be a liar because they came out and did that. They shot it well early."
The Yellowjackets hit three of them as part of the 11-0 run to start the game.
"Once we settled down and realized that we were very capable of playing with them, we buckled down and guarded real well," Campbell said. "We started doing some things offensively to get some easy buckets and get us going."
The Jackrabbits (5-3) got on the board on a short jumper by Jamel Rankin with 3:33 left in the first quarter. Lonoke trailed 15-9 after one quarter.
Wynne led 17-11 with 7:17 left in the first half. From there, the Jackrabbits scored 13 in a row to close out the first half and five more in the second half to take a 29-17 lead with 6:13 left in the third quarter.
Wynne went more than nine minutes without scoring before the Yellowjackets converted a three-point play with 5:34 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 29-20.
Lonoke kept a comfortable lead, pushing it to 13 points at 37-24 following consecutive baskets by Blake Mack and Darrius McCall with 2:45 left.
From there, Wynne scored 13 consecutive points to tie the game at 37-37 with 6:36 left.
The Jackrabbits responded with a 9-0 run to lead 46-37 with 3:56 left. McCall started the run with a basket. Reid McKenzie followed with a short jumper before Rankin nailed a three-pointer and Dra Offord hit a short jumper of his own.
Wynne never got closer than four points the remainder of the game, which came at 50-46 with 1:10 left.
Lonoke scored the game’s final seven points to secure the victory.
"We had that same situation at North Pulaski and didn’t stop the run," Campbell said of Wynne’s 13-0 run to tie the game. "But we did it on Saturday."
Campbell said he was proud of the way his team executed offensively.
"We really buckled down and maybe one time, we had three guys, maybe four, on the floor going for a loose ball, and you can count five because I was down there with them," Campbell said. "That was a big play for us.
"That got us going during a time where we really needed to get the momentum back and that allowed us to do it."
Mack led the Jackrabbits with 19 points. Rankin had 15. McKenzie added 11. McCall and Dra Offord had six points each. Zack Risner had two.
Falcons 74, Jackrabbits 66
The North Pulaski Falcons outscored Lonoke 43-31 in the second half for a 74-66 win Friday.
Lonoke led 18-10 after one quarter and 35-31 at halftime.
Jamel Rankin led Lonoke with 18 points. Darrius McCall had 15. Blake Mack scored 14. Reid McKenzie added 11. Darian Young scored seven while Zack Risner added a free throw.
Jr. Rabbits 48, Jr. Dragons 41
The Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits knocked off DeWitt 48-41 last week.
Lonoke trailed 32-25 after three quarters then outscored DeWitt 23-9 in the fourth quarter.
Bryson Jackson led Lonoke with 14 points. Anthony Morris had 12. Justin Meadows and Lucas McKenzie had five points each. Jawaun Bryant had four. Yancy Cooney had three. Tyler Spencer and Isaac Toney had one point each.