Tigers making steady progress
The Green Forest Tigers met up with the Omaha Eagles for the second time in four days in the first round of Saturday evening's Omaha Border Classic. After a 24-point loss on Tuesday, the Tigers were looking for a different outcome, but got close to the same results.
"If you take about 20 points off both teams, it went about the same as it did on Tuesday night," Green Forest coach Brandon Stone said. "We made some defensive adjustments and slowed them down a little bit. They ended up beating us 65-40."
After giving up 81 points in Tuesday's game against Omaha, Stone wanted to make some adjustments defensively and he feels like the Tigers were able to do that.
"They have a post player down low who really hurt us," Stone said. "He had 31 the first time we played them. Then we held him to six."
The Eagles led Green Forest 14-8 at the end of the first quarter and had a 10-point lead at halftime. Stone said one reason for the deficit was because of the free-throw discrepancy.
"They were 24-37 from the free throw line and we are 6-9," Stone said. "We are going to have to play better defense outside with our feet, stop fouling so much. We can't let them shoot 37 free throws a game. That's a problem."
Omaha led by 18 going into the fourth quarter. Stone said the Tigers are attacking the rim, but they are worrying about getting fouled too much.
"We are going to have to stop worrying about drawing the foul and just shooting it," Stone said. "I think we are trying to draw a foul too hard sometimes, therefore it looks like we are trying to avoid the contact and not get a foul called."
Rhett Powell had 15 points, while Rhett Williamson had 10 and Cory Bryant had five. Luis Lopez had six rebounds.
Green Forest will play the loser of Kingston and Blue Eye (Mo.) on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.