Bobcats crowned Holiday Hoops champions

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Berryville celebrates after winning the 2017 Holiday Hoops Tournament on Saturday.
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The Berryville Bobcats won the 2017 Holiday Hoops Tournament, defeating Huntsville in the championship game, 55-29.

"All three days, our kids played very well," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "They played hard, they executed well and they shot the ball well. As well as we shot it, though, it was really our defense that separated us in each of those games. That's what made it nice because defense has been our weakness at times this year."

As well as the defense played throughout the week, it was the Berryville offense that made the difference in Friday's game against Monett, Mo. The Bobcats jumped out to a 23-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and Berryville made five three-pointers. The Bobcats led 37-26 at halftime. Zach Webb, Scotland Lucas, Jarrett Ray and Kyler Kendrick each scored at least six points in the first half.

"We had eight guys who scored," Compton said. "Just two guys in double digits, but a lot of guys played. We played 11 players. We played the entire fourth quarter with our second bunch, which gave our starters some rest for the championship game."

Berryville opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run to seal the victory for Berryville. Ray made two three-pointers in the quarter and Kendrick added another. Berryville led 54-30 going into the fourth quarter. Ray finished the game with 17 points, while Webb had 11 and Kendrick had nine.

Berryville 55, Huntsville 29

Having played a double-overtime game against White County Central a day earlier to get to Saturday's championship game, Huntsville was a little bit more tired than the Bobcats and it showed.

"Our kids, all week and all throughout the tournament were really determined and focused," Compton said. "If we play with that same determination and focus every night, I like our chances. We have the potential to win every game on our schedule."

Berryville jumped out to a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Lucas scored six points and Webb added four. The Bobcats held Huntsville to three points in the second quarter as Berryville extended its lead to 26-11.

"Our defense was unbelievable against Huntsville and we had a lot of guys scoring," Compton said. "We are going to have five guys on the floor at all times that are capable of putting it in the basket and that's what is going to make us tough to guard very night."

Brady Smith scored all eight of his points in the third quarter and Berryville led 39-26 entering the fourth quarter. Lucas finished the game with 13 points, while Webb had nine and Smith and Allen each had eight.

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