Central Arkansas Christian’s boys team opened the week atop the 7-4A, the only league team without a loss.
The Mustangs’ 54-34 win over Arkadelphia on Friday put them 10-5 overall, 3-0 in conference play. They played Nashville on Monday, traveled to Ashdown on Tuesday and will play host to Malvern on Friday, Pulaski Robinson on Saturday and Arkansas Baptist on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
"I think Bauxite is second, and Arkadelphia and Arkansas Baptist have both lost two," CAC coach Steve Quattlebaum said Sunday. "It’s a long ways from over, but we’ve almost been through (the conference round-robin) one time, and we have a good chance of going through the first time without a loss.
"I like our chances if we just continue to improve and keep working."
He said he hadn’t expected a 20-point win over Arkadelphia, which had beaten Baptist.
"But we played such an outstanding defensive game, they got frustrated in the second half," he said of the Badgers. "I was really proud of our defense. We played really hard and had good defensive effort. It was a good win for us. They’re a good team."
Again the Mustangs got balanced scoring. Dylan Sherrill led them with 17 points; Josh Holland added 16 and Logan Stafford 11.
"They’re pretty confident right now," Quattlebaum said of his team. "And we got some good minutes off the bench. Joseph Strange, Julian Kidd and Jacob Laney all did a good job defensively and on moving the ball on offense."
The Mustangs already have two wins over Malvern this season (57-40 in the first conference meeting and 62-46 during the Summit Bank Spa City Classic over the Christmas holidays). They beat Arkansas Baptist in the first run through the league schedule, 52-42.
"We’ve got a good chance to win four this week," Quattlebaum said.
Last week’s game with Bauxite was postponed until Jan. 26 following the death of a Bauxite student.