Battling Bequette

UA football signee Jake Bequette nearly leads his Little Rock Catholic basketball team to an upset of top-ranked Har-Ber, but the Wildcats rally for the win Friday night in 7A state tournament basketball action.

SPRINGDALE - It was if former Boston Celtics great Kevin McHale has snuck into the building.

That's what University of Arkansas football signee Jake Bequette looked like breaking out the baseline jump hook for Little Rock Catholic the past couple of days at the 7A state basketball tournament at Har-Ber High School in Springdale.

Bequette (6-5, 255) had 23 points in a opening round win over Bentonville and then came back with a game-high 17 in a 49-44 loss to top-ranked Har-Ber on Friday.

"Oh, man, hey, there is a reason that I am not playing basketball for Arkansas," Bequette said. "I got lucky out there I guess. I am a football player that just happens to be playing a little basketball."

Bequette, who dad, uncle and grandfather all played football for the Razorbacks, said he has used his other sport to help his main one.

"Basketball has been really good for me – even helping me with football," Bequette said. "I was just happy we were able to put on a pretty good show for everyone."

Indeed it look like Catholic was going to pull off an upset when Bequette scored to put the Rockets up 44-41 with just under three minutes left in the game.

But that would be the last points Catholic (11-14) would scored and Har-Ber (23-5) scored the final eight of the game to win going on.

"It was just an unbelievable team effort," Bequette said. "That was just the essence of senior leadership and never say die attitude. We left everything out there. They just made a few more plays down at the end of the game."

Bequette was one of 27 signees that the UA landed in its 2007 football class and admits he is a bit miffed about how some Razorback fans have received the class.

"There are some really negative people out there about our class," Bequette said. "But I couldn't be happier to be part of the program. I can't wait to go up there and prove that we are as good or better than any class they have ever had. I am ready to get up there and play Razorback football."

Bequette will start out at tight end, but realizes he could grow into a different position.

"I'm definitely starting at tight end, but they move people around all the time," Bequette said. "I welcome that if my body develops into one that is best suited for offensive tackle or guard. I just want to play and contribute for our team."

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