The defending 5A South Conference Tournament Champs Hope Bobcats reunited against their league tourney runner-ups Hot Springs Trojans for the second meeting of their season series last Friday night at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

The defending 5A South Conference Tournament Champs Hope Bobcats reunited against their league tourney runner-ups Hot Springs Trojans for the second meeting of their season series last Friday night at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

The Cats looked to even the series from falling in defeat in their season-opener to the Spa City Trojans back on November 14, 2017. The Trojans would come out on top once again to hand the hometown Bobcats an 47-18 loss as Hot Springs sweep the series against Hope.

In the first half play, the Cats struggled to score with the Trojans finishing opening period play leading Hope 12-1. In the second, the Cats were held to two baskets scored with Keith Brown and Zakee Lawson each accounting Hope's scoring. The Trojans sparked for 16 points scored in the second and led Hope 28-5 at the break.

In the third quarter, the Cats came out the locker room to drop six points on the scoreboard with the Trojans posting nine points to lead Hope 37-11 at the end of three periods of play. In the fourth, the Cats scored seven points with Brown hitting 2-of-2 free-throws and an 3-pointer and Jaloni Davis splitting free-throws with two trips to the foul line. The Trojans went onto post 10 points in the finale period and roll to an 29 point win.

For the game, Brown led the Cats with 10 points for double-figures. Davis, Nate Carter, Jay Conway and Lawson each contributed two points apiece. Carter and Conway's scoring contributions came in third quarter action.

The Bobcats shot a season low 17 percent from the field, hit 50 percent at 3-point, scored 10 points in the paint, had 32 rebounds with two deflections and seven steals.

This week, the Cats continued league play to close out season series against De Queen Tuesday night and return home on Friday hosting Class 6A Lake Hamilton at Jones Field House Gymnasium.