Bobcats fall in 1-4A Conference as Hillbillies play the stall game
OZARK -- Ask Berryville coach Brent Compton what he wanted in Friday night's 47-46 loss to Ozark and one more possession would likely be the answer.
Ozark played stall ball at the end of the first three periods, milking seven total minutes off the clock in an attempt to slow the game down. The plan worked to perfection for the Hillbillies as Ozark defended home-court advantage to improve to 6-11 overall and 2-6 in 1-4A Conference.
"Our identity right now is we are not able to match up with people," Ozark coach Brad Johnson said. "We are going to slow it down and make them rush things on offense. We are going to take possessions away from them."
And Ozark did just that to Berryville (8-10, 2-6). The Cats scored five points in the first period and five in the second, trailing the Hillbillies 19-10 at the half.
"We didn't score early and got behind," Compton said. "Once they started holding it and we were in foul trouble we couldn't even touch them. We missed some easy open shots inside which allowed them to get a lead. Then them holding it put us in tight situation."
Justin Turner led a second-half charge for the Bobcats, connecting on five 3-pointers and finishing with 18 points. His last bucket was a buzzer beater to end the game with Ozark leading by four. The Hillbillies allowed the shot to be taken uncontested.
"Justin had a good night," Compton said. "He found his range in the second half. But we shot 11 free throws and they shot 23. We would like to have pressed in the second quarter. But we had guys in foul trouble. I felt like in the fourth when we did start pressing it changed the pace of the game. That's how we scored 24 points. But it was going to be hard facing those circumstances."
Austin Carr finished with 11 points. Josh Morrell netted seven.
Berryville continues 1-4A Conference action tonight against Gravette and Friday against Lincoln at Bobcat Arena.