Late turnover costs Tigers in loss to Bergman

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BERGMAN -- With 18.5 seconds left in Tuesday's game against the Bergman Panthers, Green Forest was inbounding the ball and hoping for a game-tying three-pointer.

A few seconds later, Bergman was putting the finishing touch on a 51-46 victory.

Bergman led 49-46 when the Panthers turned the ball over with 18.5 seconds left. After a Green Forest timeout, the Tigers' Rhett Williamson inbounded the ball. Williamson attempted to throw a pass to Caleb Lucas at the top of the circle, but a Bergman defender stole the pass and went the other way for a layup to seal the victory.

"We had a three-point play drawn up for either Caleb or Rhett and we tried forcing the pass to Caleb and they jumped it," Green Forest Coach Brandon Stone said. "I was hoping if they jump it, we would see Rhett on the other side, but we rushed it and they read it well."

Both teams started the game hot offensively, as the Tigers led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter. An 8-0 Tiger run in the second quarter, which spanned 6:26, helped Green Forest take a 26-19 halftime lead. But Bergman opened the second half with a 6-0 run to cut the Tigers' lead to one point.

"I think our focus was kind of on the end result instead of the journey to get there," Stone said.

The Tigers were able to prevent the Panthers from taking the lead by going on a 5-0 run of their own. With 1:03 left in the third quarter, Bergman responded with a 7-0 run of its own to get the lead back for the first time since 7:47 in the second quarter. With eight seconds remaining, the Tigers moved the ball upcourt quickly and Brandon Hogan made a three-pointer from the volleyball line to end the quarter with Green Forest leading, 34-32. The Panthers started the quarter on a 5-2 run, but the Tigers responded with a 7-0 run of their own to give them a 44-37 lead with 4:21 remaining.

"That right there is when we have to realize we can start winning games," Stone said. "We were playing well, we just had to finish them off."

The Tigers were unable to do that. They made no field goals for the remainder of the game and only two free throws. The Panthers, however made four field goals and four free throws.

"We have to start believing in ourselves that we can win games," Stone said. "We have been beaten so many times, it is hard to get over that hump to believing you can win and expecting to win every time step out on that court."

Hogan led Green Forest with 18 points. Lucas added 12 while Gavin Nelson and Williamson each scored eight.

Green Forest will host Marshall next Tuesday. Junior high action will start at 5:30 p.m. and senior high will follow.

GIRLS

Bergman 53, Green Forest 26

BERGMAN -- Bergman outscored Green Forest 22-0 in the first quarter and went on to a 27-point victory over the Lady Tigers.

Green Forest didn't make its first field goal until the 6:28 mark of the second quarter and trailed 38-4 at halftime.

"Some of the sets we put in against their press looked good, but when we struggle to score it's tough to stay in a game," Lady Tigers Coach Kyle Farrer said. "We did some good things out there, but you can't wait until their third string is out there and you're down by 25 or 30."

Leksi Bailey and Katie Byers led the Lady Tigers with seven points each. Kenna Harp scored five points while Olivia Larimer scored three. Payton Youngblood and Michelle Perez each scored two.

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