After launching an air ball on his first shot, highly touted sophomore Malik Monk scored 29 points and yanked down 11 rebounds to power Bentonville to a 58-33 win against Greenwood at the Citizens Bank and Trust Classic at Bates Arena in Van Buren.
"He’s an exceptional talent," Greenwood head coach Brian Martin said. "You can tell the game comes easy to him. The game slows down for him quite a bit. He makes the players around him a lot better. He’s an exceptional shooter. He can shoot off the dribble or off the catch.
"Obviously, he can finish. He’s going to be a good player for them for three years."
Bentonville (2-0) was sluggish in the first quarter and led just 10-5.
"I didn’t think we came out with the energy and the passion that we needed to start the game," Bentonville head coach Jason McMahan said. "I give Greenwood credit with their 3-2 zone. It was awkward to play against, but I think we finally figured out what offense to be in and got the spacing right to get a few points."
Monk, who finished 8-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the foul stripe, took over in the second quarter and put on a show during a three-minute stretch when the Tigers pulled away.
"He scored himself and set a couple of people up," McMahan said. "I think right in there some place we picked our defense up and got some deflections. I don’t know if we got all of those balls, but it got going a little bit more energy-wise after that."
Monk drilled a jumper from 15 feet to open the quarter. He added a slam and two free throws on consecutive trips to push the Tigers up, 18-7, with 5:01 left in the first half. On Bentonville’s next possession, Monk added a 3-pointer then fed Tyler Robinson for a fast-break layup for a 23-10 lead with 3:23 left in the half.
"I think he’s already real good, but he’s got a chance to be great," McMahan said. "He scored himself and set a couple of people up. I think right in there some place we picked our defense up and got some deflections. I don’t know if we got all of those balls, but it got going a little bit more energy-wise after that."
Two free throws by Tyrik Dixon had Bentonville up 27-12 before Evan Lensing hit two free throws and added a 3-pointer after a steal with just two seconds left in the half to pull Greenwood within 29-18.
Monk had 12 points in the first half and scored 12 more in the third quarter, drilling a trey to push Bentonville up, 33-23, scored inside and added a coast-to-coast layup after grabbing a defense rebound for a 40-28 lead. After Dixon hit a lone free throw, Monk hit two free throws, and ended the quarter with a trey and a 46-30 lead.
Evan Lensing hit a free throw for Greenwood to open the fourth quarter, and Kevin Jones drove for a layup to narrow the Bulldogs’ deficit to 46-33 with 5:26 left but Bentonville scored the final 12 points of the game.
"We have some decent athletes," Martin said. "We don’t have any chemistry yet, but we just got the guys back from football. We’ve just had one day of practice and we’re just starting to gel. Our effort was pretty good. Bentonville is a good team. That was a good experience for our kids. It will help us get better."
Lensing led Greenwood (0-1) with 16 points.
Charleston 45, Farmington 42
BOYS — Charleston only won one quarter, but it was the one that counted as the Tigers won on a 3-pointer by Matthew Ward in the final seconds.
Charleston outscored Farmington by 18-8 in the fourth quarter to erase an 11-point third-quarter deficit.
Ward scored eight points to open the last quarter for Charleston, which trailed 34-27 after three quarters.
Ward converted a steal into a layup to open the quarter. He added a conventional three-point play, hit a lone free throw and then two free throws that put Charleston up, 35-34, with 5:26 left.
Matt Thomas drove for a bucket for Farmington and Michael Ingram added a free throw for Farmington before Brandon Fenner drilled a 3-pointer from the corner to put Charleston up, 38-37 with 4:04 left.
Andrew Smith added to Charleston’s lead with a bucket, but Thomas counted for Farmington to pull the Cardinals within, 40-39.
Charleston held the ball for more than two minutes before Fenner added a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left. Thomas hit a 3-pointer to tie the game for Farmington with 22 seconds left, but Ward capped his torrid quarter with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds left for the win.
Fenner led Charleston (2-3) with 18 points. Ward added 15, including 11 in the final quarter.
Thomas led Farmington (1-3) with 22 points.
Farmington 49, Cedarville 46
GIRLS — Farmington scored the first six points of the game but had to had a big flurry in the fourth quarter to win.
The Lady Cardinals hit five free throws to crack a 42-42 tie with 2:12 left.
Maria McPherson hit two freebies, Tahlon Hopkins hit a lone free throw and Tichina Scales added two for a 47-42 lead with 40 seconds left.
Haylee Maxwell led Farmington (4-1) with 18 points. Tahlon Hopkins added 11 points.
Allie Arnold scored 16 points for Cedarville (1-3). Murphy added 15 points and Hernandez 11.
Charleston 41, Shiloh Christian 33
GIRLS – Senior Morgan Prescott poured in 20 points, all in the final three quarters, to lead Charleston to the win.
Prescott hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter to pace the Lady Tigers (3-1) to a 19-14 lead at the half.
Madeline West added 10 points for Charleston, which took a 28-20 lead into the final quarter.
Lauren Roth scored 11 points for Shiloh Christian.
High School Basketball
Citizens Bank and Trust Classic
at Bates Arena, Van Buren
BENTONVILLE 58, GREENWOOD 33
Bentonville 10 19 17 12 — 58
Greenwood 5 13 12 3 — 33
Bentonville (2-0): Monk 29, Dixon 8, Carter 8, Smith 6, Robinson 4, Head 2, McNee 1.
Greenwood (0-1): Lensin 16, Hernandez 6, Morgan 3, Jones 3, Lee 2, Padilla 2, Cole 1.
CHARLESTON 45, FARMINGTON 42
Farmington 10 11 13 8 — 42
Charleston 8 10 9 18 — 45
Farmington (1-3): Thomas 22, Barnes 6, Ryan 6, Spears 4, Duffy 3, Ingram 1.
Charleston (2-3): Fenner 18, Ma.Ward 15, Smith 8, Skeets 2, Mi. Ward 2.
CHARLESTON 41, SHILOH CHRISTIAN 33
Shiloh Christian 5 9 6 13 — 33
Charleston 9 10 9 13 — 41
Shiloh Christian (0-2): Roth 11, Sears 6, Cobb 6, Taylor 4, Harris 3, Martin 3.
Charleston (3-1): Prescott 20, West 10, Jones 4, Furr 3, Gattis 2, Oldridge 2.
FARMINGTON 49, CEDARVILLE 46
Farmington 10 7 9 23 — 49
Cedarville 10 9 9 18 — 46
Farmington (4-1): Maxwell 18, Tah.Hopkins 11, Smith 8, Tay.Hopkins 6, McPherson 4, Scales 2.
Cedarville (1-3): Arnold 16, Murphy 15, Hernandez 11, Davidoff 4.
High School Basketball
Citizens Bank Classic
At Bates Arena, Van Buren
Game 1: Little Rock Christian 69, Morrilton 68 (4OT), girls
Game 2: Morrilton 64, Southside 48, boys
Game 3: Van Buren 46, Gentry 30, girls
Game 4: Van Buren 63, Shiloh Christian 52, boys
Game 5: Charleston 41, Shiloh Christian 33, girls
Game 6: Charleston 45, Farmington 42, boys
Game 7: Farmington 49, Cedarville 46, girls
Game 8: Bentonville 58, Greenwood 33, boys
Game 9: Cedarville vs. Morrilton, girls, 4 p.m.
Game 10: Greenwood vs. Farmington, boys, 5:30 p.m.
Game 11: Gentry vs. Shiloh Christian, girls, 7 p.m.
Game 12: Shiloh Christian vs. Southside, boys, 8:30 p.m.
Game 13: Farmington vs. Little Rock Christian, girls, 4 p.m.
Game 14: Bentonville vs. Charleston, boys, 5:30 p.m.
Game 15: Van Buren vs. Charleston, girls, 7 p.m.
Game 16: Van Buren vs. Morrilton, boys, 8:30 p.m.
Game 17: Game 11 winner vs. Game 9 winner, girls, noon.
Game 18: Game 12 winner vs. Game 10 winner, boys, 1:30 p.m.
Game 19: Game 15 loser vs. Game 13 loser, girls, 3 p.m.
Game 20: Game 16 loser vs. Game 14 loser, boys, 4:30 p.m.
Girls Championship: Game 15 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 6 p.m.
Boys Championship: Game 16 winner vs. Game 14 winner, 7:30 p.m.