Arkansas High boys basketball coach Sam Weaver knew what Sheridan’s 6-6 senior Tyler Cacciatori was capable of doing.
Committed to play Division I baseball, Cacciatori came into Friday’s game at Razorback Gym averaging 28 points per game. He poured in 18 of his game-high 30 points in the second half leading the Yellowjackets past Arkansas High, 62-51. The 220-pound center also pulled down 15 rebounds.
“Cacciatori is the best player and offensive threat in our league,” said Weaver. “He’s so poised, makes jump shots, and is good around the basket. He does the whole thing. It’s ashame that’s he’s not going to play basketball at the next level, but he is a great baseball player. Sheridan knows what its strength is, and they went to Cacciatori tonight.”
Sheridan win was closer than final score indicated
The final margin of victory for Sheridan (10-4, 3-0) was deceiving. The Razorbacks led on two occasions in the second half. The Yellowjackets were nursing a two-point advantage in the third quarter when Jairus Adams hit two treys that put Sheridan up by eight points. Adams and Cacciatori converted eight free throws in the final seconds of the game. Adams finished with 18 points.
Arkansas High (8-6, 1-2) had a poor shooting night. Jaylon Randle and Andre Reed were the only Razorbacks in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Nick Watson and Jordan Jones scored nine points each.
“The difference in the game for us was that we just couldn’t make shots,” said Weaver. “Don’t know what we shot from the field, but it had to be somewhere around twenty percent. I think we only make one or two free throws, too.
“I thought we defended well at times, which was indicative of the score. We weren’t defending well at the end, so we had to start fouling. That gave Sheridan and opportunity to stretch out its lead. We’ve got to be able to shoot the ball a lot better than what we’re doing right now.”
Lady Backs fall to Sheridan, 37-30
Arkansas High’s girls fell behind 18-3 after the first eight minutes. The Lady Backs then held Sheridan to four points over the next 13 minutes to pull within two (22-20).
Staijah Taylor sparked the rally with four of her nine points in the second quarter. AHS (6-8, 1-2) outscored the Lady Jackets 11-2 in the second stanza. Fortunate Barry had seven points for the host team.
“We had a very late start and struggled,” said AHS coach Dulincia Keener. “We’ve got to work on how we start a game, instead of trying to fight back at the end. I was very proud of the way we fought back. This team is very young, and we get caught up in our emotions at times. I think the girls were a little out of their element, and trying to hard.”
Cassidy Henry led Sheridan with 13 points, including 11 in the first quarter. Claire Denney scored nine points, seven coming in the third quarter.
Both Arkansas High teams will be back in action next Tuesday at El Dorado. Their next home game will be Friday against Lakeside.