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Pioneers get back on winning track


HARRISON — North Arkansas College's Pioneers stayed in play against Arkansas junior colleges on Saturday.
Facing Arkansas State University, Newport, the Pioneers met the Aviators for the second time this season.
The Pioneers had enough fire power to outlast the Newport school, 64-60.
Northark took control of the game late in the contest.
Leading 55-52, the Pioneers gave the ball to Mat Jones. The sophomore responded.
He completed a three-point play and then after getting fouled on the next possession, he hit two free throws.
With a 60-52 lead, the Pioneers did enough to keep the Aviators at bay.
The last four points of the game from James Parlow at the free throw line. He was 4-of-6 to set the final Northark scoring.
The Pioneers battled from behind late in the first half.
Jordyn Turner nailed a trey for the Pioneers before I'Ryan Allen had back-to-back baskets. Both shots were drives to the basket.
Jones hit two free throws and then scored twice inside the paint. The second basket was after collecting an offensive rebound.
Carson Tangness helped the Pioneers to a 27-27 halftime score after draining a trey.
Jones led the Pioneers with 15 points. Parlow and Turner added 12 each, Trey Pulford, Allen and Curtis Fowler six apiece, Tangness three and Ethan Meeks and Javon Calmese two each.