The Sideline: Bears host ORU; Harlem Ambassadors exhibition Saturday night

UCA faces tests against ORU

The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears face a team battling for a postseason spot while the two leading men’s scorers in the Southland Conference will be in action Saturday at the Farris Center.

The Oral Roberts women (7-6, 13-13) are battling for seeding in the postseason when they face the Sugar Bears (10-3, 16=8), who are a game ahead of Lamar for first place in the league standings.

That game will begin at 2 p.m.

In the men’s game, UCA senior guard LaQuentin Miles and ORU senior forward Shawn Glover are averaging 22.9 and 21.8 points per game, respectively. Miles, who only played the second semester this season, has not played enough games to be considered the league’s top scorer, but would lead the league if qualified.

In the first meeting this season, a 93-80 victory by ORU, Miles led all scorers with a career-high 29 points and 9 rebounds, while Glover led the Golden Eagles with 21 points and 11 boards. ORU dominated the rebounding in that game with 50, including 16 offensive rebounds.

UCA has lost three consecutive games, two last week on the road, while ORU is 3-1 in its last four games. The Golden Eagles (7-6, 13-13) lost in overtime last Saturday at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. ORU sits in fifth place in the SLC standings, while UCA (3-10, 6-18) is techinically 11th but actually ninth since Incarnate Word and Abilene Christian are ineligible for the postseason. Consequently, with five games remaining, the Bears still have a shot at an SLC tournament berth.

The Bears and Golden Eagles will tip off at approximately 4 p.m. following the women’s game.

Harlem Ambassadors take on Lions in exhibition

The Harlem Ambassadors traveling basketball team, which features ballhandling, slam dunks and comedy routines, will take on the Toad Suck Lions in an exhibition at 6 p.m. Saturday night at the Hendrix Wellness and Athletic Center.

The Lions are a team of celebrities who are coached by Conway legends Don Dyer, Cliff Garrison and Marvin Delph.

Tickets are: Students, $12, seniors (55 and over), $34, and adults, $6. Children 4-and-under will be admitted free.

Proceeds will go toward Conway Noon Lions Club services to the blind and visually impaired in Faulkner County.

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