Tigers come out flat against Bruno-Pyatt

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

GREEN FOREST -- There are times when a team comes out lacking the required energy to win a game. That was the case Thursday night when Bruno-Pyatt defeated Green Forest, 45-33, thus eliminating the Tigers from the Green Forest Holiday Tournament.

"After playing that many nights in a row (five games in six days) the guys had no legs, no energy and they just couldn't get going," Green Forest coach Brandon Stone said. "That's no excuse, though, because the other teams are doing the same thing this week."

The Patriots led 7-5 at the end of the first quarter and 17-7 at halftime. Stone said a reason Green Forest got behind early is because the Tigers did a poor job of blocking out.

"They were killing us on the boards," Stone said. "We got one shot and that was the end of it and they would get two or three shots every time down the floor. It's hard to win games like that."

Ashley Henley and Tristan Snyder scored a combined 10 third-quarter points, which trimmed the Patriots' lead to 28-21 going into the final quarter.

"Scoring 26 points in the second half is a big improvement, but you can't expect to score seven points in a half and win a ballgame," Stone said.

Stone and the Tigers wanted to play in Saturday's consolation game, but as a result of Thursday's loss, Green Forest has until Friday to rest and prepare for its final game of the semester against Cotter.

"I just told the guys in practice that we are going to have to work on the fundamentals before we start worrying about offensive and defensive schemes," Stone said. "We are going to try to get those things shored up before we hit January and the end of conference season. I'm not giving up on the fact that we are going to improve greatly and I think we can compete in the conference."

Henley led the Tigers with 12 points while Snyder had 10 and David Nelson had six.

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