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Tough Battle With Arlington Baptist Ends In a Loss

Last night the Ecclesia Men’s Basketball team hosted Arlington Baptist at The Jones Center in Springdale, AR. The game would competitive and close throughout with neither team ever pulling away.

Early on the Royals were cold from the field, but played strong defense to keep them within striking range. Freshman Guard Deondre Phillips (Fort Smith, AR/North Side High School) then got hot, knocking down 3 shots from beyond the arc assisted by Senior Guard Davion Lockridge (El Paso, TX/Ranger Junior College). Ecclesia went into halftime with a 43-40 lead.

The second half featured more fast-paced action with back and forth scoring. Senior Forward Cash Krueger (Denton, TX/Lyon College) had a strong second half, scoring 12 and hauling in 6 rebounds. However, Ecclesia lost the lead as Arlington Baptist successfully got to the rim and converted. With under :20 seconds remaining Deondre Phillips (Fort Smith, AR/North Side High School) would hit a three pointer to pull Ecclesia to within 3 at 94-91. The effort would fall short as Ecclesia lost 96-91.

The Men’s next game is on Monday January 14th against Nebraska Christian. The Royals will be at home at The Jones Center in Springdale, AR at 3 p.m.

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