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The Springdale Bulldogs hosted the Bentonville Tigers in a high-powered conference matchup Tuesday night. Springdale held a two point lead of 56-54 with less than a second left on the clock. Bentonville looked to their play-maker Malik Monk for the last shot.
Monk created enough space to receive the inbound pass from Jake Caudle just beyond the arc. He was able to sink the three pointer as time expired giving the Tigers the 57-56 win.
Monk is only a sophomore, but still the leader of the team and one of the most sought after recruits in the country. He has offers from Florida and Kansas already. When he makes plays like these, it’s easy to see why. Monk knows he can’t take all the credit for that buzzer beater.
“Just get the ball up towards the rim and hopefully have a chance of it going in and that’s what happened,” said sophomore guard Malik Monk. “[Jake] Caudle made me a great pass and really the ability to get the ball up so thank Caudle for it.”
What may be even more impressive, Bentonville had no way of stopping the clock before the last play.
“We didn’t get much of a huddle because we didn’t have a timeout,” said McMahan. “We just had to call a play that we have scripted and we called it, created some spacing to catch the ball and he made a great play.”
No one could have scripted this ending but Bentonville knew Springdale would be no pushover.
“Really every team we play is going to bring their best to us just because of who we are,” said Monk. “They played a great game though. I was expecting that.”
The win was great. The play was great. But Bentonville must now focus on what’s ahead.
“I think the biggest thing to take from that game, and a lot of people get lost in it, is that Springdale and us both have a chance to do something really special this year,” said McMahan. “We got to keep getting better. That game doesn’t put us there.”