Shooting, rebounding advantage lifts Wonder Boys

Ricci logan/The Arka Tech Montrell Williams, from Rocky Mount, NC, dunks on Mulerider defender.

The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys basketball team is 13-6 after defeating the East Central Tigers 83-68.

The game was close in the first half. The Wonder Boys held a six-point advantage at the 16:14 mark. The Wonder Boys extended their lead after Montrell Williams, from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, converted a steal into a breakaway dunk. William’s scored 22 points in this game and grabbed 15 rebounds.

The Tigers responded cutting into the lead 25-21, but the Wonder Boys went on 14- 4 run to take the largest lead of the game, 39-25. In the closing minutes of the first half, the Tigers trim the lead down to five, 39 -34. However, going into half- time, the Wonder Boys were on top 42-34.

The Wonder Boys opened the second half on 8-0 run, that came off a three-pointer by Freddy Lee, from Clarksville. The Wonder Boys’ lead grew after RJ Glasper, from Forrest City, hit a three-pointer to make the score 61-39. Glasper hit six three-pointers in the game; he scored 25 total points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Tigers cut the lead down to 11 points on two different occasions. But the Tigers would eventually lose.

The Wonders outshot the Tigers 50.0 to 44.1 percent, connecting on 14 three-pointers.

They also won the battle inside as they held a 37-32 advantage on the rebounding glass, while outscoring the Tigers 28-26 in the paint.

The Wonder Boys forced 19 turnovers and scored 24 points off those turnovers.

This win puts the Wonder Boys in a tie for fifth with Arkansas-Monticello and Southern Arkansas in the GAC standings.

The Wonder Boys are back in action on Thursday, Feb. 1, facing Northwestern Oklahoma State in a 7:30 p.m. matchup in Alva, Oklahoma