Let’s go, Maumelle playing for title tonight

Maumelle High School opened in 2011 and Michael Shook has been the coach of the basketball Hornets that entire time.

The decade long run has been remarkable in its success.

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Nine of those 10 years saw a state tournament appearance and on Saturday, at 7 p.m. Maumelle will be playing in its third state championship game when they face the Jonesboro Hurricane at Bank OZK Arena in the final high school basketball game of the year.

Maumelle vs. Jonesboro

  • 7 p.m., today at Bank OZK Arena in Hot Springs

  • TV: Arkansas PBS

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  • Live stats for tonight’s game can be viewed here

  • NOTE: Tickets for the 2021 Centennial Bank Basketball Finals will be available to the public at noon the day before the game

Maumelle is the only public school in Pulaski County that hasn’t won a state championship, besides the newly opened Little Rock Southwest, and Shook has the tools to rectify that on Saturday.

Leading the way is Junior guard Carl Daugherty Jr., who lead the Hornets past Sylvan Hills in the semifinals on Monday night at Hot Springs High School with 19 points . But it was a balanced effort as  junior forward Nico Davillier had 13, senior guard Josh Denton added 12, senior forward Darvis Rasberry had 11 and, finally, junior guard Riley Wade was also in double figures with 10.

Daugherty has Division I offers, while Denton has been offered by Division II schools to play next season. Rasberry has also caught the attention of college recruiters and Davilllier will for sure play in college, but it will be football instead as he’s considered one of the state’s best defensive lineman and has offers from Arkansas, Auburn and other top programs.

Maumelle (20-5) was the No. 3 seed from the 5A-Central going into the state tournament but the top two seeds were Little Rock Parkview and then Sylvan Hills, so Maumelle was in good company in the conference.

Jonesboro is 23-3 on the season and won back-to-back state titles in 2017 and 2018 when now Arkansas Razorback guard Desi Sills played there. The Hurricane have long held a reputation as being one of the state’s better high school basketball programs and that’s something current coach Wes Swift has only maintained.

Jonesboro senior guard Keyln McBride has scored 1,000 points in his career and had 19 as the Hurricane routed Parkview on Monday to get to the finals.

Jonesboro’s three losses were to North Little Rock and Little Rock Central, the two teams that played for the 6A title, and also to Little Rock Christian.

The Hurricane are on a 19-game winning streak and haven’t lost in 2021, as all three losses came in December 2020.

Maumelle Roster

  • 0 - Jaylon Smith, G, 5-11

  • 1 - William Konyaole, F, 6-3

  • 2 - Carl Daughtery Jr, G, 6-2

  • 4 - Cayden Mc Gee, G, 5-9

  • 5 - Riley Wade, G, 6-1  

  • 11 - Joshua Denton, G, 6-5

  • 20 - Darvis Rasberry, F, 6-4

  • 23 - Nico Davillier, F, 6-5

  • 24 - Kaleb Thurman, F, 6-6

  • 50 - Andrew Chamblee, C, 6-7