Bobcats keep rolling: Defense, balance fuel 2 more wins for Berryville

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Berryville’s Weston Teague, shown going to the basket against Dumas in the championship game of the 2019 Holiday Hoops tournament at Bobcat Arena, scored 37 points in two victories for the Bobcats last week,
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The Berryville Bobcats went into the holiday break on a high note, recording back-to-back wins over Lincoln and Kingston.

Berryville went on the road to defeat Lincoln 72-34 on Monday, Dec. 21, then followed up the next night with a 60-29 victory over Kingston at Bobcat Arena.

“It was good to get two more wins before Christmas and finish on a high note,” Berryville coach Brent Compton said. “We’re really proud of our kids.”

Berryville reached the break with a record of 10-1. The Bobcats’ hallmarks this season have been a stingy defense and a balanced offensive attack that’s capable of scoring inside or out.

Compton said Berryville’s defensive success “all comes down to a mindset.”

“Our kids know how important defense is and they play really hard,” he said. “So those two things together give you a chance to be a pretty good defensive team.”

The consistent effort has been a trademark of the Berryville program and Compton said it’s one of his core values as a coach.

“That’s something when I first got here, 17 plus years ago, it’s just something I believe in,” he said. “I believe you have to be prepared. I think you have to play hard. I think you have to be disciplined, and if you do those things, you have a chance no matter what your talent level is.”

But make no mistake: This Berryville team has plenty of talent. Five players scored at least nine points in the win over Lincoln, while two had 18 or more against Kingston.

Junior center Weston Teague was Berryville’s high scorer in each game, with 17 points against Lincoln and 20 against Kingston. Compton had said earlier in the season that the Bobcats needed more offense from Teague, and now he says the entire team has bought in to the idea of feeding the post.

“It wasn’t that they didn’t want to throw it inside,” Compton said. “It was just about developing a habit to throw it in there and trusting that when they throw it in there, good things are going to happen, whether Weston scores or whether he kicks it back out. That’s what our team has started changing a little bit. And, you know, I could see it happening and see it developing and and our team is going to be a lot better for it moving forward.”

Senior forward J.D. Smith scored 13 points against Lincoln, including three of the Bobcats’ 11 three-pointers. Sophomore D.J. Colbert added 12 points, dropping four three-pointers in the first half as Berryville raced to a 47-14 lead. Sophomore Jake Wilson added 11 points and sophomore Nate Allen scored nine.

Wilson scored 18 points in the win over Kingston.

Berryville will be back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, facing Shiloh Christian in a 4A-1 conference game in Springdale.

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