BENTONVILLE - A former Bentonville High School backcourt shined late to kick off The Warmup AAU Tournament being held here this weekend.
Current Tiger junior Malik Monk had a game-high 25 points and he and former sophomore teammate Tyrik Dixon hit two big 3-pointers in crunch time to lead the Arkansas Wings over Elfrid Payton Elite 63-57 in the 17-and-under showcase game of the inaugural event.
The Wings trailed 51-49 before a 3-pointer from Dixon - who is now at Little Rock’s Southwest Christian Academy - put his team ahead and Monk added one just seconds later.
“It was exciting and good competition,” noted Marcus Monk, The Warm Up organizer and former Arkansas football and basketball star. “I’m happy with the crowd we had and ready for a long day tomorrow.
“There’s a lot of great talent in this tournament and we had a chance to see that tonight.
Pool action in the tournament - which features 13 through 17-and-under divisions - will get underway on Saturday at 10 a.m. with competition continuing through 10 p.m.
The championship games are slated for Sunday at 2 p.m.
Fayetteville junior guard Payton Willis added eight points and Van Buren’s Mitchell Smith five in the contest.
Melvin Frazier - an unsigned senior from New Orleans who is waiting on a qualifying ACT score and has interest from Arkansas - had 17 to lead EPE.
Arkansas Baptist’s Connor Vanover - a 7-foot-3 ninth grader - had 15 points to lead the Arkansas Wings over Team Texas 90-48 in the 16-and-under showcase game.
Little Rock Mills sophomore Jeremiah Trotter led the Wings with 19 points while Springdale Har-Ber’s Avery Benson added 13.
Monk, Dixon Lead Arkansas Wings To Win
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