Junior Bobcats Champs! Win Marshall Tourney
They're the champs, the winners of the 2001 Marshall Bobcat Invitational Junior High Tournament. It's the Bobcats!
No, not the Marshall Bobcats. It's Coach Matt Summers' Berryville Bobcats, who defeated Mountain Home and host Marshall to reach the championship game against the Omaha Junior Eagles.
In the championship game, a big 20-point third quarter broke a close game open for Berryville, putting them up 11 going into the final period. They held on for a 45-43 victory, making them tournament champs, and giving them a 6-2 season record.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
6-9, 18-29, 38-27, 45-43
Omaha played an extended 2-3 zone, which gave Berryville the chance to shoot threes. They took those chances, and made 8 long-range shots on the night.
Berryville trailed as Omaha's big men controlled the inside in the first half, in spite of Joey Curtis nailing 2 threes in the first quarter.
Drew Ray was having a good game, and scored 24 on the night, including 3 threes himself, balancing out Omaha's Chaney, who scored 19.
Coach Summers made some adjustments at halftime that worked, sending the team on a 20-8 rampage.
"We had a huge third quarter," Summers said. "Josh Kriesel hit three three-point shots in three trips down the floor to give us a cushion, and Drew Ray was spectacular, as always.
"Our bench was the difference, with Wes Chappell, Brent Moore, and Brock Fanning all contributing."
Omaha didn't roll over and came back in the fourth, but Berryville made their free throws down the stretch after Patrick Brantley made the team's last basket with one minute to play.
Berryville was just 3 of 6 at the line in the fourth, but it held up for the 45-43 win.
Scoring- Ray- 24, 3 3's; J. Kriesel- 9, 3 3's; J. Curtis- 6, 2 3's; Brantley- 4; Fanning- 2. OM- Chaney- 19; Fason- 12; Pysany- 10.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6
6-7, 20-17, 27-24, 34-31
Berryville couldn't get into "their game" in the first quarter and trailed by one, but got their press and fastbreak on track in the second quarter and led by 3 at halftime.
"We got in foul trouble, and subbed in two of our bigger players, Brock Fanning and Brent Moore," Coach Summers said. "They played well."
The game was tied at 31-all with just 12 seconds left to play, when Drew Ray was fouled and went to the free throw line. He made one to give Berryville a 1-point edge, but missed the second.
"Brent Moore got that rebound and put it back in for two and a 3-point lead," Coach Summers said. "We changed to man fullcourt pressure instead of a zone, and they drove inside and missed a 2-point shot, which wouldn't have mattered anyway."
Ray scored 20 points, including 1 three, and Moore chipped in 7 and went 3 of 4 at the free throw line. Eric Hill netted 5, and Fanning 2.
For Marshall, Ragland had 14 and Smith 7.