Battle of the Ravine – Basketball Style; Split Decision


Henderson Women Get Win; OBU Men Best Reddies

Battle of the Ravine - Basketball Style; Split Decision

By Brandon Smith

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – With the help of 18 second-half points from Colt Fason, the Tigers traveled across the street and beat Henderson State 61-59 in the Battle of the Ravine.

Both the Tigers and Reddies struggled from the field early on in the game. Henderson was able to claim an early lead, however, until back-to-back three pointers from Allen Buchanan and a three from Eric Braeuer carried the Tigers on a 9-2 run to take the 20-19 lead with 3:25 to play in the first half. The Reddies would respond quickly and go into halftime up 28-23.

The Reddies maintained their lead for most of the second half, until the Tigers climbed back with a 12-4 run with 7:48 to play that started with nine straight points from Fason.  The final seven minutes of the game featured four lead changes until Henderson tied the score at 59-59 with 35 seconds to play.

On the final possession of the game, the Tigers went to Micah Delph who nailed a deep two-point basket with just three seconds left, which ended up being the game-winner.

The Tigers ended the game shooting 43.6% from the field compared to the Reddies 41.7% shooting. Fason led the way with 18, followed by Delph with 12 and Buchanan with 11. Fason added 11 rebounds and Delph added eight assists and four rebounds. Kyle Francis provided a dominated presence inside, recording seven boards and a blocked shot.

The Tigers (6-10, 3-7) travel to Southern Arkansas University on Saturday, Jan. 25, to take on the Muleriders at 4:00 p.m.

And in the women’s game Ouachita Lady Tigers came up short in the Battle of the Ravine on Thursday, falling to the Henderson Lady Reddies 78-49.

Ouachita’s Erica Sharp won the opening tip, which was followed by a three-pointer from Breanna Harris that began a 7-0 run for the Lady Tigers to start the game. The Lady Reddies responded immediately, however, with a 10-0 run of their own to steal the lead. Henderson was able to maintain their lead until the halftime buzzer sounded with the Lady Tigers down 37-21.

Fueled by hot shooting, the Lady Reddies continued to increase their lead in the second half and at one point lead by 32. Aungelique Sledge led the Lady Reddies with 18 points, followed by Krystal Beachum and Tiara Davis with 17 each. As a team, the Lady Reddies made 52.8% of their shots from the field.

The Lady Tigers were led by Harris, who finished with 14 points and seven boards. OBU was able to limit their turnovers, finishing the game with six less than the Lady Reddies.

The Lady Tigers (4-12, 2-8) will travel to Magnolia, Ark. on Saturday, Jan. 25, to take on Southern Arkansas at 2:00 p.m.

Courtesy OBU Department of Athletics

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