The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Rose Bud pulls away from Quitman

  • Staring at a 7-point deficit, Rose Bud closed the first half with a 14-2 run before pulling away in the second half to defeat Quitman 63-46 on Friday night at Rambler Arena.
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  • Staring at a 7-point deficit, Rose Bud closed the first half with a 14-2 run before pulling away in the second half to defeat Quitman 63-46 on Friday night at Rambler Arena.
    Rose Bud first-year Coach Zach Prothro, who led the Ramblers to the 2008 state championship as a player, won his first game as head coach for his alma mater but found plenty to improve upon.
    "I would rather have an ugly win over a good loss," said Prothro. We've got to start off strong. When we start strong it gives me the opportunity to put some other guys in and give them some minutes. I am trying to get everybody as many minutes as I can for January and February when conference play starts up because that is what is important.
    "Right now we've had eight practices. I've had four guys in the gym and two of them start. The other guys have been in football so this was coming off our eighth practice. Am I kinda upset at them? Yeah, but of course I am glad we won," added Prothro.
    Quitman jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a three-pointer from guard DJ McVay and runner by power forward Ty Davis, who was banged up on the play. Rose Bud countered with seven straight, starting with a putback by power forward Brandon Hampton, who moments later found guard Andrew Adcock streaking to the basket for a layup.
    Adcock added a pair of free throws and guard Jake Pratt sank one from the charity stripe as the Ramblers took a 7-5 lead, but the Bulldogs responded with baskets by power forward Larry Pool and McVay, who picked a steal and finished with a layup.
    The Ramblers regained the lead as forward Tyler Mercer scored from right block off an inbound play then Pratt swiped a steal and scored, but Quitman forward Trey McGhee slashed to the goal for a layup, knotting the score at 11-11 heading into the second quarter.
    Rose Bud forward Blake Ferrell hit a free throw early in the second period before the Bulldogs used 10 straight from McVay to build a lead.
    McVay sliced into the lane and finished with a reverse layup, then point guard Cutler Stewart picked a steal and flipped a behind the back pass to McVay, who scored in transition.
    McVay then nailed two three-pointers from right wing, extending Quitman's lead to 21-12.
    Rose Bud bounced back, closing the first half with a 14-2 run, beginning with a pair of free throws by Mercer.
    Adcock followed with five straight, drilling a three-pointer from left wing and turning an offensive rebound into a bucket, then Adcock found Ferrell cutting to the basket for a layup.
    Tied at 21-all, Mercer came flying in from the backside, caught a lob pass and finished at the rim while drawing contact. Mercer completed the three-point play before Quitman ended its drought with two free throws from Pool.
    Page 2 of 2 - With time winding down, Mercer hit a leaner in the lane, boosting the Ramblers' lead to 26-23 at halftime.
    Mercer opened the third quarter with two straight baskets, but Davis kept the Bulldogs in the game with an old-fashioned three-point play off an assist from forward Trevor Williams.
    After Hampton swiped a steal and scored, Stewart buried a three-pointer to pull the Bulldogs within three at 32-29.
    Rose Bud regained command behind a 9-0 run sparked by Ferrell, who scored on a fast break off an assist from Adcock, who then converted a three-point play off a baseline inbound play.
    Ferrell added a leaner from right side off an assist from Adcock, who then hit two free throws as the Ramblers pushed their lead to 41-29.
    After forward Rodney Burford sank a pair of foul shots for Quitman, Rose Bud forward Daniel Strain responded with a rebound bucket but McGhee hit a driving bank shot from right side, leaving the Ramblers' lead at 43-33 entering the final eight minutes of play.
    The Bulldogs trimmed their deficit to five early in the fourth quarter as McGhee slashed left baseline for a layup and McVay ripped a three-pointer from left wing. After Ferrell and McVay traded a pair of free throws, Adcock hit a pull up bank shot from right side.
    With Rose Bud clinging to a 47-42 lead following two more foul shots by McVay, Hampton grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a leaner while drawing a foul. Hampton converted from the stripe, completing the three-point play and the Ramblers increased their lead to 52-42 moments later when Mercer leaped high for a stick back.
    In the latter half of the fourth quarter, Rose Bud sealed the victory by sinking 7 of 8 free throws, including four from Adcock and three by Ferrell.
    McVay scored a game-high 24 points for Quitman (2-3), McGhee added six and Davis chipped in five.
    Adcock paced Rose Bud (1-1) with 22 points, Mercer followed with 15, Ferrell had 12 and Hampton contributed 7.
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