TEXARKANA, Ark. — The Arkansas High boys basketball program is peaking at the right time.
AHS throttled the Sheridan YellowJackets Tuesday night at Razorback Gym in a Conference 6A/5A game, 72-54.
"Well, I thought we came out in the second half and followed our adjustments that we made," Arkansas High coach Sam Weaver said. "We got a couple backdoor cuts in our offense, instead of driving it down the lane every time. We used some of our other options and I thought we did that well."
Sheridan opened the game swapping baskets with the Razorbacks.
AHS was able to gain a 10-point cushion over the YellowJackets by forcing turnovers and completing their transition baskets.
The Hogs led Sheridan, 21-14, after the first period.
"We were able to get the lead and hold on to it," Weaver said. "We did a decent job defensively down the stretch as well.
"We have to get a lot better on the defensive side of the ball because the further we go along, the competition will continuously get better."
Sheridan opened the second quarter on a 8-0 run, to take their first lead of the game, 22-21.
Jordan Jones drained two treys back-to-back for the Hogs, giving AHS the lead, 29-26.
The Razorbacks forced two Sheridan turnovers before halftime to preserve their lead, 33-39.
Andre Reed and Jones each scored 10 points in the first half for the Hogs.
Reed finished with 20 points, while Jones added 15 points for the Razorbacks.
AHS kept all of the YellowJackets scorers under double-digits in the first half.
Nick Watson opened the half with three post buckets for AHS, giving the Hogs a 20-point lead with 5:50 left in the third, 39-29.
Watson exploded in the third for 10 points, before finishing the game with a game-high 22 points for AHS.
Reed and Jones nailed consecutive treys, giving AHS a 16-point cushion with 3:47 left in the game, 47-31.
Kyron Young's backdoor layup was pretty much all the Hogs needs to put Sheridan away.
Young finished with five points and four rebounds.
The Razorbacks are back in action on Friday, traveling to El Dorado.
"I feel like we could've won the first game with those guys when the game was here," Weaver said.
"They played really tough and really hard. They put themselves in position to win the game."
Ethan Odom led the YellowJackets offensively with 15 points.
The girls game was canceled due to COVID.