BV learns from Forsyth Tournament

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Berryville Bobcats got off to a slow start in Saturday's consolation championship game against Marshfield, Mo. The Bobcats paid the price for that slow start, as they went on to lose, 62-51.

"We started slow and I think the score indicates that," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "Defensively, Marshfield had a lot of size. They were 6-5, 6-4 in the post. They were physical, which gave us a problem early. They dictated tempo early, which was conducive to them taking advantage of their size."

Marshfield led 20-8 at the end of the first quarter. Two three-pointers from Berryville's Jarrett Ray helped trim the Bluejay lead to 33-23 at halftime, but Compton said the Bobcats never could seem to close the gap.

"We created some turnovers, but it seemed like anytime we did something good on defense we would make a mistake on offense," Compton said. "It just wasn't our day."

Aaron Cisco scored five points in the quarter as Marshfield took a 48-37 lead into the fourth quarter.

Ray and Cisco each had 10 points and Zach Webb had nine for Berryville (6-2).

Berryville 81, School of the Ozarks, Mo. 65

The Bobcats got off to a quick start in Thursday's consolation championship game, scoring 27 points in the first quarter. Ty Allen scored 33 points, including nine three-pointers.

"They tried to come out in a zone and we shot the ball really well coming out," Compton said. "We hit five threes. Scoring 27 points in the first quarter, it's hard to start much faster."

Foul trouble caused the Bobcats to go in a lull and allowed School of the Ozarks to hang around.

"Four starters were on the bench with multiple fouls," Compton said. "Our guys off the bench did a nice job holding it together, but we just didn't score the same way in the second quarter."

Berryville led 36-31 at halftime. Once the starters returned to the game in the third quarter, the offense got back in rhythm to cruise to victory.

"We would like to have done a few things better, but it's still early," Compton said. "We are still trying to build each game and improve each game."

To go with Allen's 33 points, Scotland Lucas scored 13, while Webb and Kyler Kendrick each scored nine.

Compton said he believes his team learned a lot from the three-day tournament in Forsyth, Mo.

"Everybody we played was bigger than us," Compton said. "They were athletic, which really strained us defensively. Some of our weaknesses got exposed in this tournament. I really don't know if we are going to play teams at that on a consistent basis, so I think it's going to help us down the road."

Berryville hosts Blue Eye, Mo., on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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