6A West Showdowns Await Tigers

Central will face 6A West foes Van Buren and Fayetteville in this year's Bank OZK John Stanton Classic hosted by Conway.

The Tigers open with Van Buren Friday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. in Conway High School's Gymnasium. This is the first meeting with the Pointers since the first round of the 6A state tournament in 2014.

On Saturday (Dec. 15), Central takes on Fayetteville at 11 a.m. in Buzz Bolding Arena. The Bulldogs reached the 7A state semifinals in 2018 and are considered the preseason favorite to win the 6A West behind UCA signee Collin Cooper.

The Tigers and Bulldogs last met in this same event in 2016; Central won, 54-47.

Bank OZK's John Stanton Classic brings together a stout field each year, featuring some of the top teams that are state title contenders or have traditionally been in the state tournament field in recent years. The field mainly consists of 6A schools, but also showcases 5A powerhouses Jonesboro and West Memphis.

This year's event schedule is as follows:

Friday, Dec. 14

4:00 Bryant vs. Rogers Heritage (Arena)

5:00 Little Rock Central vs. Van Buren (Gym)

5:30 Jonesboro vs. Fayetteville (Arena)

6:30 Fort Smith Southside vs. Bentonville (Gym)

7:00 Fort Smith Northside vs. West Memphis (Arena)

8:30 Conway vs. Springdale Har-Ber (Arena)

Saturday, Dec. 15 (all games in Arena)

11:00 Fayetteville vs. Little Rock Central

12:30 Van Buren vs. Fort Smith Northside

2:00 Rogers Heritage vs. Little Rock Catholic

3:30 Bentonville vs. North Little Rock

5:00 Conway vs. West Memphis

6:30 Springdale Har-Ber vs. Bryant

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