Bobcats whip Gentry ---- again ---- for No. 3 Seed

Friday, March 7, 2003

The Berryville Bobcats got 31 points from senior Grant Myrick on Monday and rolled past Gentry for the third time this season, 62-50, to earn the No. 3 seed at the Class AAA Regional tournament in Ozark.

Berryville, 24-6 and ranked 8th in Class AAA, got a trey from guard Heath Neal in the fourth to put the Bobcats up 53-44 in the middle of an 11-0 run. Neal scored eight points in the fourth, and Myrick went 6 of 8 at the line, 9 of 14 for the night, to help earn Berryville a meeting with Hamburg at the state tournament.

ALL REGIONAL

Coach Jones reported that Cory Smith and Grant Myrick were selected to the All Regional tournament team. Their pictures will appear in a later issue after district honors are also announced.

CLASS AAA STATE

The Bobcats face Hamburg, the second-place team from Region 4, this Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Prescott High School gym in southern Arkansas.

"Size-wise, they're like us, with 6-4 and 6-2 players," Coach Tracy Jones said. "The two teams resemble each other. They're very athletic and like to play fast, so we'll try to slow the game down. They use zone defenses, a 1-2-2, but I think we have the shooters to go against a zone.

"I feel like if we can get over our regional slump, we can win a couple of games at state."

BOBCATS

Berryville vs. Gentry

Monday, March 3

17-12, 31-26, 42-38, 62-50

Berryville never trailed, going up 11-1 to start, including a three by Josh Jackson. In the second quarter, Myrick and Dustin Jackson hit back-to-back threes to make it 27-20, with the team up five at halftime.

By the break, Myrick had scored 18, Josh Jackson had six, and the team was 5 of 10 on threes. But in the third quarter fouls began to mount up.

Andy Kriesel battled the boards and had four fouls before the fourth quarter started, with Drew Ray coming off the bench and scoring well. Cory Smith again made Gentry work hard inside.

It was close at 48-44 after Gentry's Jason Mackie scored with 5:07 left to play, but Berryville hit 11 straight points, then made free throws to win. Neal was 5 of 6 at the line in the final minutes.The Bobcats outscored Gentry 20-12 in the fourth.

"We knew it would be close because it was our fourth time to play," Coach Jones said. "We got up the first quarter with some new wrinkles on our inside play. It was the No. 1 and 2 teams from our conference playing, so you expected it to be close, but we had some players step up, like Grant and Heath."

Scoring- BV- Myrick- 31, 2 3's, 9/14 Fts; Neal- 8, 5/6 fts; Ray- 7; 6's- D. Jackson, J. Jackson; Smith- 4. GN- Mackie- 15; Eric Merkey- 12.

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