Harding scored the first two points of the game, but several unforced errors by Apocalypse allowed Ludicrous Speed to score three in a row to take the lead. The two teams traded points until just before halftime when Arkansas was able to score two quickly and take half, 7-5.
“There were many turnovers by both teams,” said Arkansas captain Matt Jackson. “We just made fewer of them.”
“Arkansas is a very talented, athletic, and quick team. Their tough defense forced us to make too many long throws,” Harding’s senior captain Ryan Rummage added.
After halftime, Arkansas utilized their deeper bench to wear out Harding and pulled away in the second half, 6-3.
“We won that game with our legs,” Jackson said.
Despite losing the game Rummage was still upbeat about how his team performed during the weekend.
“For us to make the finals is a great accomplishment. We played great all tournament long. But in the final, we lost to a team that is more talented and more athletic than us–all the credit goes to Arkansas.” Rummage said.
The championship win by Arkansas is their first ever at Harvest Moon, which is the team’s home tournament.