Tigers punch ticket
Green Forest advances to regional tourney
The Green Forest Tigers are going to the regional tournament.
The Tigers punched their ticket to the 3A Region 1 tournament with a 57-55 overtime victory at Lincoln on Saturday in the 3A-1 district tournament.
“That was one of our goals for the year was to make it to regionals, so it’s pretty special for those guys,” Green Forest coach Shane Compton said.
After the first half ended with the two teams tied at 28, Green Forest took a four-point lead by the end of the third quarter before Lincoln rallied to tie the score at 47-47 and force overtime.
Green Forest outscored Lincoln 10-8 in overtime to clinch the regional bid.
“It was just a grind,” Compton said. “The whole game was a grind. We’d get up by six or eight and then they’d come back and get up by three or four. It was just kind of back and forth.”
Green Forest won the game on the inside, scoring 32 points in the paint and outrebounding the Wolves 33-27.
Senior Daniel McDonald provided plenty of offensive firepower for the Tigers with 28 points. McDaniel made 12 of his 16 shots from the floor, helping Green Forest shoot 46.8 percent as a team. Senior Adrian Serna made three of the Tigers’ four three-pointers and scored 13 points and junior Jordan McLoud added seven points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Senior guard Reiley Gordon recorded six steals and five assists.
Compton said he was told the Tigers’ regional appearance will be their first in 13 years. A 1988 Green Forest graduate, Compton is in his third season as Green Forest’s head coach and had watched the Tigers struggle a bit in the rebuilding process.
“I told our superintendent, I kind of feel a monkey off my back,” he said. “The first two years, we won more games each year but both the senior high and the junior high had double-digit wins this year. I feel like we got something accomplished this year.”
The Tigers are scheduled to face top-seeded Bergman on the road in the district semifinals on Wednesday but that game likely will be canceled because of the winter weather that has gripped the area this week.
The regional tournament will be held at Bergman.