Tigers roll over Patriots in tournament's 1st round

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Green Forest Tigers got a 69-30 win on Monday in the first round of the Green Forest Holiday Tournament. Rhett Powell scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half.

"We scored pretty well tonight," Green Forest coach Donnie Smith said. "It made a big difference, being able to start the first quarter making shots and getting some stops. Giving us the extra possessions and extra opportunity to get shots off were definitely in our favor tonight."

Green Forest led 30-12 at the end of the first quarter. Powell scored 12 points in the quarter and Brandon Burdge added eight.

"Rhett was knocking them down early," Smith said. "When he gets hot and things are falling for him, he is pretty lethal at the three-point line. You have to get out and guard him pretty far out."

Green Forest had a 46-20 lead at halftime. Billy Butler and Burdge each scored four points in the third quarter to take a 60-28 lead into the final quarter. Green Forest senior Dakota Grigg, who hasn't played basketball since junior high, scored four points in the fourth quarter.

"The kid hadn't played ball in a while, but he came out this year," Smith said. "He gets out and works hard in practice, and he got himself some buckets tonight, which was good for him."

Smith was happy the Tigers got a win in the opening round of their home tournament, but he said their attention must quickly focus to Wednesday's semifinal game against Greenland.

"Greenland is really going to be tough," Smith said. "They are over there in northwest Arkansas so they are going to play aggressive man. They are good at motion. They have some athletes and they can shoot. We are going to have to be on our game when we play them."

Wednesday night's game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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