Monk Comes Up Big Again

Malik Monk

Bentonville sophomore Malik Monk had an off-night through the first three quarters of his team's Tuesday night game at Springdale, but finished with a flourish and 27 points by hitting a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Tigers to a 58-57 victory.

SPRINGDALE - Even on a night when he had a subpar shooting game, the Legend of Malik Monk continues to grow.

The 6-4 sophomore guard, ranked as one of the top 20 players nationally in the 2016 class, hit a game-winning 3-pointer with less than a second left to lift visiting Bentonville over Springdale 58-57.

Monk, who started the game just 3-of-20 from the field, hit his final two shots – including the 30-foot heave at the buzzer after catching the ball with .08 seconds left.

"I really couldn't see nothing," Monk told nwaonline.com. "But my teammate made a great pass and I turned around and made the shot."

Monk, who has an offer from Arkansas and some 8 other schools. finished the game with 27 points while going 5-of-22 from the field and 15-of-18 from the free throw lne.

"He is an amazing talent with an great feel for the game," Bentonville head coach Jason McMahan said after the game. "Unbelievable athleticism. He was 15-of-19 in his last two games on 3s and shoots bad tonight, but still dominates the game by getting to the free throw line from attacking the rim, attacking the rim and attacking the rim. He is not one dimensional in any way."

Monk had hit 11 3-pointers and scored 43 points Friday night in his team's win over Siloam Springs.

The game appeared to be over when Springdale junior Tereke Eckwood scored to give Springdale a lead, but Bentonville in-bounded the ball only to have D.J. Evans intercept it before going out of bounds.

But that allowed Bentonville )12=3. 6-0) to inbound the ball and Monk - who had an old-fashioned three-point play to tie it just a minute earlier- got his shot over two Springdale defenders and drained it.

"We were out of timeouts so we just had to call a play," McMahan said. "....Great players make great plays and there was a little bit of luck in there, too."

Chris Owens led Springdale (13-4, 5-1) with 24 points.





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