For the featured nightcap showcase of Friday night hoops, the hometown Hope Bobcats hosted the Class 6A Arkansas High Razorbacks for the first of their two game season meeting in league play for the blended 5A-6A Conference match-up at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

For the featured nightcap showcase of Friday night hoops, the hometown Hope Bobcats hosted the Class 6A Arkansas High Razorbacks for the first of their two game season meeting in league play for the blended 5A-6A Conference match-up at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

The Bobcats fought hard to produce a competitive effort, but the talented Arkansas High Razorbacks prevailed for an 66-39 victory in their first meeting of the season and handing the Cats their first home loss of the season.

In first quarter action, the Razorbacks took a 7-0 lead down to the 6:10 mark, but the Bobcats' Keith Brown and Nate Carter stopped the run with a couple of key buckets for Hope to cut their deficit down to the 5:18 mark, 7-4.

The Razorbacks followed back with a trifecta from behind the arc, then splitting a pair of free-throws at the foul line. Carter answered for the Hope splitting a pair of free-throws, making the score 11-5 in favor of the Razorbacks at the 4:46 mark.

From that point, the Razorbacks extended their lead scoring the next 13 points to lead Hope, 24-5 down to the 2:04 mark. Hope's Jaloni Davis stopped the run with a bucket, then Brown nailed a trey from behind the arc and adding a basket for the final points scored for the Bobcats under a minute to play in opening quarter play. The Razorbacks hit a trey with a bucket in the closing seconds of first period play to lead Hope 29-12 at the end of first quarter action.

In the second, the Cats posted another double-digit scoring quarter, but the Razorbacks dropped 11 points to Hope's 10 in the period. At the break, the Razorbacks led Hope, 40-22.

In the second half, the Cats produced a double-digit scoring period in the third with 10 points scored, but the Hogs poured 23 points on the scoreboard to led Hope, 63-32 after three quarters of action.

In the fourth, the Cats added seven points with Carter posting a bucket and Chris Moore knocking down a trey with a basket from the field for Hope's scoring in the finale quarter of the game. The Razorbacks added three points from the behind the arc in the fourth.

For the game, Bobcats' Brown led scoring with 14 points for the lone player in double-figures. Carter and Moore each scored nine points apiece, Antwone Casteel had three points, Davis, Convantae Young and Zakee Lawson each had two points apiece.

For team statistics, The Cats shot 38 percent from the field, hit 7-for-18 free-throws for 39 percent, scored 20 points in the paint area, nine points off turnovers and 14 second chance points. Hope snatched 25 rebounds off the glass with 14 offensive rebs., dished out seven assists, had six deflections, eight steals and two blocks.

The Bobcats will take some time to regroup from senior high action on the hardwood heading into the Christmas holiday break, but return next week to tournament competition back to the big state of Texas to compete in the Paris, Texas tourney Dec. 28-30.