Bobcats finish 2nd in regionals
Saturday night's 4A North regional championship game against Pottsville didn't go the way Berryville coach Brent Compton hoped it would, but the 75-53 loss still gives the Bobcats a No. 2 seed heading into the Class 4A state tournament this week.
"The kids competed," Compton said. "I knew it was going to be a tough game and a tough task. But you get down to this time of year and everybody is good. We just happened to run into someone that was a little better than us."
Pottsville got out to a hot start, leading 10-2 midway through the first quarter. Ty Allen made a three-pointer and Jarrett Ray made a basket as the quarter came to a close, but the Apaches led 17-10 as the first quarter came to a close.
"There were eight really good teams in this field and we finished second in it," Compton said. "We played for a championship two weeks in a row. That's pretty awesome."
Allen and Ray each made a three-pointer in the second quarter, but Pottsville extended its lead to 39-21 going into halftime. Pottsville made a three-pointer coming out of halftime to extend the lead to 21, but the Bobcats attempted to make a comeback. A three-pointer by Ray, followed by a basket by Ray and two free throws by Ty Allen trimmed the Apache lead to 11 midway through the third quarter, but Pottsville ended the quarter on a 7-1 run and led 59-42 going into the fourth quarter.
"The kids kept fighting, we just didn't start well and we had dug ourselves a hole we couldn't dig out of," Compton said. "Our kids are resilient. They have been all year. It stinks because they wanted to win this at home in front of all these people. That hurt them not being able to do that, but they did the best they could and we are still playing. That's the main thing."
Ray finished the game with 22 points and Ty Allen had 16.
Berryville 58, Pea Ridge 55
With four minutes to go in Friday night's 4A North regional semifinal game against Pea Ridge, the Bobcats led 54-47 and seemed well on their way to Saturday night's championship game. Then the Blackhawks went on an 8-0 run and took a 55-54 lead with 1:10 remaining.
"Right around the five-minute mark we hit the skids," Compton said. "We let them get a little momentum there in the last little bit. They got ahead of us by one."
The Bobcats missed a shot, but got the rebound and Zach Webb converted a three-point play to give Berryville a two-point lead with 37 seconds left. After stealing the ball from Pea Ridge, Webb was fouled. He missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Kooper Logan got the rebound and Webb was fouled again. Webb made one of two free throws to put the Bobcats up by three with 15 seconds left. A Pea Ridge three-pointer hit off the backboard and the Bobcats got the rebound as time expired.
"A lot of teams get their bobber down and lose their composure," Compton said. "This team has been in that situation a few times this year. We have some kids that are extremely resilient and tough-minded. They finished this thing off and got themselves a big win."
The Bobcats got out to a great start, leading 8-0 midway through the first quarter. Ray was responsible for all eight of Berryville's points. The Bobcats went on to lead 13-12 going into the second quarter. Berryville opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run and led 20-12.
Compton was proud of the Bobcats for getting off to such strong starts in those quarters.
"In these big games, you want to put the pressure on the other team and see how they respond," Compton said. "Pea Ridge did a nice job. They chipped away. They are going to score, but they didn't score enough."
The Bobcats went on to take a 29-24 halftime lead. Compton said everyone on the team has a role to play and each player did a great job playing that role on Friday night.
"Jarrett rebounded, he defended and he hit some big shots," Compton said. "Zach did his thing. He did what he has been doing at the end of games down the stretch. Ty Allen has struggled down the stretch, but he hit some big shots at big opportunities. And then Cody Allen had another great game defensively. But they leave him open one time and he hits a big one. He plays his role well. He doesn't force anything, but when the opportunity comes, he puts the dagger in."
Ty Allen made two three-pointers in the third quarter and Ray added another as the Bobcats (24-8) took a 47-43 lead entering the fourth quarter. Ray finished the game with 20 points, while Webb had 18 and Ty Allen had 11.