Bobcats, Tigers rolling along in Holiday Tournament

Friday, December 11, 2015

GREEN FOREST -- The Green Forest Holiday Tournament tipped off on Monday. For Berryville and Green Forest, Monday's games were a success. Berryville defeated Bruno-Pyatt, 61-32 and Green Forest defeated St. Joe, 63-41.

Berryville 61, Bruno-Pyatt 32

The Patriots gave the Bobcats all they wanted early, but Seth Helmlinger's eight first-quarter points gave the Bobcats a 14-10 lead heading into the second quarter.

"He gets the most out of his players," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We didn't come out of the gates ready to play and they did."

The Bobcats settled in though, as Ty Allen made two three-pointers in the second quarter to give Berryville a 36-23 halftime lead.

"Ty came out and gave us a spark tonight," Compton said.

Berryville had a 50-27 lead heading into the final quarter. Helmlinger led the Bobcats in scoring with 15 points while Cole Parton had 14 and Luke Sugg had 11.

The Bobcats played Prairie Grove on Thursday.

Green Forest 63, St. Joe 41

Some games are much closer than the final score indicates. This was the case when Green Forest defeated St. Joe on Monday. The Tigers led the Wildcats 38-33 heading into the fourth quarter and ended the game on a 25-8 run. Connor Glassell scored eight points in the final quarter and Rhett Williamson scored seven.

"Second half, we woke up and decided to play lock down defense and figured out on offense we need to keep the turnovers down," Green Forest coach Brandon Stone said. "We were able to pull away there and I am extremely proud that we were able to make some adjustments after we called them out on it at halftime, so it's a step in the right direction."

The Tigers had a 16-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Tristan Snyder had six of those points while Ashley Henley had four. St. Joe worked its way back into the game however thanks to great shooting by Logan Manes and Dalton Walters. A Jeremy Baker basket as time expired in the second quarter gave St. Joe a 28-27 halftime lead.

"We came out flat," Stone said. "I mean we were scoring, but defensively, we weren't doing anything we were supposed to be doing. They were hanging with us and staying a whole lot closer than I wanted them to."

Five third-quarter points by Cory Bryant helped give the Tigers the 38-33 lead.

Glassell ended the game with 15 points while Snyder had 10, Williamson had nine, Henley had eight and Bryant had seven. Stone likes it that there are so many players getting involved in the offense.

"That's the way I want our offense to work," Stone said. "If everyone could pitch in six, eight, 10 points apiece, that would be tough to guard because then they have to look out for all of us. They can't just focus on one guy."

As a result of Monday's win against St. Joe, the Tigers faced Omaha on Wednesday.

Omaha 63, Green Forest 54

A layup by Williamson got the Tigers to within seven with 59 seconds remaining, but free throws down the stretch by the Omaha Eagles kept Green Forest from getting any closer. Despite the loss, Stone is extremely proud of the way his team played.

"The best we've played all year," Stone said. "It's one of those where I told the team after the ballgame, 'You didn't lose that ballgame, you got beat. You came out and played your hearts out and did everything you could to win.' I couldn't ask for anything more than what they did tonight. They came out focused. They were working together. It was the best team ball we have played for a consistent stretch all year long."

Henley and Michael Blach combined to score 16 points in the first quarter and that helped get the Tigers out to an early 18-14 lead. Omaha's Garrett Matlock wanted part of the spotlight too, as he scored 10 first-half points, including a three-pointer as the second quarter buzzer sounded, to give Omaha a 32-28 halftime lead. Matlock ended the game with 22. Most of his points came off second-chance points.

"We started losing our legs later in the game and we started missing block-outs," Stone said. "We would have people block out, but we would have one or two guys miss one and they would slip by and get it. That's just going to come with more conditioning and not playing six games in seven days."

Omaha's lead grew to 47-36 going into the fourth quarter and despite fighting to cut into the lead, the closest the Tigers got was seven.

"I just can't say enough of good things about how we played as a team," Stone said. "If we fix some of the little things we are going to be fine come January and February."

Williamson scored 14 points while Henley had 13 and David Nelson had six.

The Tigers played Bruno-Pyatt on Thursday in the Green Forest Holiday Tournament.

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