Three-pointers carry Bergman over Bobcats
By Scott Loftis
After the Berryville Bobcats won their season opener by 30 points, coach Brent Compton said things couldn’t have gone much better for his team.
Fast forward a few days, and the opposite was true.
Bergman defeated Berryville 81-59 on Nov. 19 at Bobcat Arena behind nine three-point baskets.
Compton said he was disappointed in the Bobcats’ performance.
“I didn’t feel like we mentally showed up to play,” he said. “We didn’t play with maximum effort, and we didn’t execute. When you add those three things together, we got whooped.”
Bergman grabbed a 10-2 lead in the first 2:11 of the game and led 32-20 after a pair of free throws with 4:57 left in the second quarter.
Sophomore point guard Kade Davidson scored six consecutive points to start a 13-2 Berryville run that was capped by a free throw from junior Landon Chester with 50.7 seconds left that cut Bergman’s lead to 34-33.
The Panthers scored the final five points of the first half, however, for a 39-33 lead at the break.
Bergman’s A.J. Van Lear hit two three-pointers in the first two minutes of the second half to extend the Panthers’ lead to 45-37. Berryville got as close as 46-41 on a Davidson free throw with 5:08 left, but Bergman took full control with a 17-5 run that made it 63-46 in the final minute of the quarter.
“We just weren’t ourselves,” Compton said. “We were just a step slow. We’ve got to be mentally tougher. We’ll address that.”
Five Bergman players scored in double figures. Junior J.D. Smith led Berryville with 15 points, including 10 in the second half. Davidson scored eight of his 12 in the second half.
Berryville (1-1) will play at Eureka Springs on Friday.