4th quarter comeback: Bobcats erase deficit, beat Cassville
By Scott Loftis
In last week’s season opener against Eureka Springs, the Berryville Bobcats never trailed after midway through the first quarter on the way to a seven-point victory.
On Tuesday night, the Bobcats proved they can come from behind, rallying from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Cassville, Mo., Wildcats 74-65 at Bobcat Arena.
Senior point guard Zakk Webb scored 31 points and junior forward Scotland Lucas added 18 for Berryville, which trailed by nine points late in the third quarter.
“We’ll take it,” Berryville coach Brent Compton said. “It was ugly, but we’ll take a win any way we can get it.”
Cassville took a 49-40 lead when guard Ethan Hoppes hit a three-pointer from the left baseline with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter, but Berryville answered with back-to-back three pointers from sophomore J.D. Smith and Webb to cut the deficit to 49-46 with 2:14 left in the quarter.
Cassville pushed its lead back to five, at 56-51, early in the fourth quarter. Berryville forward Kyler Kendrick started the Bobcats’ comeback with a three-pointer from the right baseline, starting an 11-0 Berryville run.
“Kyler’s a kid that has the body to play on the inside, but he’s really very versatile,” Compton said. “He has the skills to play outside as well.”
Lucas and Webb scored four points each during the run, which Webb capped with a driving left-landed layup that gave the Bobcats a 62-56 lead with 4:12 remaining.
“The kids are very resilient,” Compton said. “We kept it together. We never flinched.”
A Cassville three-pointer cut the lead in half, but Berryville responded with seven consecutive points, capped by two Lucas free throws that made it 69-59 with 1:10 remaining.
In all, Berryville outscored Cassville 34-16 over the final 11:13.
Webb scored 18 first-half points, with 10 coming in the first quarter. A Lucas free throw with 1.7 seconds remaining put Berryville ahead 23-22 at the end of the quarter.
The Bobcats extended their lead to 34-29 when Lucas scored off a spin move in the lane with 3:53 left in the second quarter, but Cassville closed the quarter with a 9-3 run for a 38-37 halftime lead.
Webb’s big night included several highlight-reel baskets, which Compton said isn’t unusual.
“He’ll do that just about every game,” the Berryville coach said. “Zakk really came on the second half of last season. He’s a kid that everybody roots for. He’s fun to watch and he plays hard. He gives it everything he’s got.”
Berryville (2-0) will play Monett, Mo., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the first round of the Forsyth Tournament in Forsyth, Mo.