The Van Buren Pointers will tip off Friday at Clair Bates Arena as they host Subiaco Academy in a non-conference contest starting with the junior varsity contest at 5 p.m.
Van Buren head coach Randy Loyd is looking forward to match-up.
"When your first game is against a squad like Subiaco, you are going to find out a lot about your team very quickly," said Loyd. "This is a great teast to see where we are, and what we need work on at this point of the year. These games ultimately prepare us for 7A West Conference play."
Subiaco returns all five starters from last season and seven out of their top eight scorers.
Van Buren will feature a mixture of veteran players, as well as fresh faces in the rotation.
Senior guard Ryan Pearson, junior guard Jason Harms and 6-9 sophomore forward Mitchell Smith return as starters for the Pointers. Senior forward Bradley Eversole fresh off as the starting quarterback for the football team and signing with Arkansas Tech (Division II) to play baseball is expected to provide versatility for the basketball team after gaining experience last season.
Senior guard Quashaun Kursh will see extensive action at the lead guard position. Depth will be provided by senior Andrew Martin and juniors Brandon Chambers, Zed Steinmetz and Dylan Kinney.
After Friday’s contest, Van Buren returns with the Lady Pointers to host the Citizen’s Bank Tournament starting on Dec. 2.
Mountainburg wins tourney
The Lady Dragons defeated Little Rock Mills in the final round of the Johnson County Westside tournament by defeating Little Rock Mills 49-16 on Saturday.
Tara Webb led with 21 points and is averaging 16.3 ppg through the first three games this season.
Auburn Peters chipped in 13 for the Lady Dragons (3-0).
Mountainburg led 13-2 at the end of the first quarter and was up 26-10 at the break.
The Lady Dragons traveled to West Fork Tuesday night.
Mulberry splits homecoming
The Lady Jackets defeated Western Yell County in the late game 59-30 to give Mulberry its third consecutive win and improved to 4-2 this season.
Brittany Edwards led with 18 points while Logan Archer chipped in 11. Lexi Voorhees and Rebecca Treat had eight and seven points respectively.
It was Mulberry’s first game at home since it opened the season back on Oct. 22 and traveled to five straight games on the road since that time.
Mulberry was back home Tuesday night to host Lamar and will travel to Haas Hall on Nov. 22.
Western Yell County rallied late to hand the Yellow Jackets its second straight loss.
Mulberry trailed 12-11 at the end of the first quarter, but took a 19-18 lead going into the break. The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 32-27 at the start of the fourth quarter. Western Yell County outscored Mulberry 21-6 in the fourth.
Dillon Jones and Wyatt Reeves had 11 points each. Audie Stringe and Keenan Reeves added six and five points respectively.