Bobcats beat Gentry in OT for 1st conference win

Friday, December 28, 2018
Senior guard Rayden Peden shows perfect form on his follow-through on a three-point attempt. Peden made one three-pointer and scored six points in the Berryville victory.
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By Scott Loftis

The Berryville Bobcats have developed a bit of a new look recently. After struggling through a seven-game losing streak, the Bobcats have reeled off three consecutive victories, including a 55-53 overtime victory over Gentry last Friday at Bobcat Arena.

Berryville sophomore guard Landon Chester looks for an opening in the Bobcats’ game against Gentry on Friday, Dec. 21. Berryville won 55-53 in overtime for its third consecutive victory.
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Just like the previous two games, the Bobcats relied heavily on the three-point shot against Gentry, sinking nine baskets from behind the arc. Berryville (6-7, 1-1 4A-1) has made 30 three-pointers during its winning streak.

“We have the ability to shoot it, and right now that’s been our best option to score,” said Berryville coach Brent Compton.

Six players made at least one three-pointer against Gentry, and no one had more than two. Senior point guard Zakk Webb scored 13 points to lead a balanced offensive attack for the Bobcats.

“They play kind of an unorthodox style of defense, which a times gave us trouble,” Compton said.

Senior Kooper Logan and junior Trenton Hutchison each made a pair of three-pointers in the first half as Berryville took a 24-22 lead.

Sophomore guard Landon Chester scored six points in the third quarter as the Bobcats widened their advantage to 39-33, but Gentry (5-7, 0-3) rallied in the fourth quarter. The Pioneers tied the score and had a chance to win in regulation before Berryville made a defensive stop to force overtime.

The Bobcats regained the lead in overtime and then made another defensive stop to save the victory.

Webb had nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Chester finished with nine points and Logan and junior forward Kelton Davidson scored eight points each.

“It was a good win,” Compton said. “It was our first conference win, and it was a good way to go into the break.”

Berryville was back in action Thursday night, hosting Pocahontas in the first round of the 10th Annual Cornerstone Bank Holiday Hoops Tournament at Bobcat Arena.

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