Tigers defeat Cotter in OT
Green Forest coach Shane Compton wasn’t especially pleased that the Tigers couldn’t hold on to a 13-point halftime lead against visiting Cotter last Friday night at the Grim Gym, but he was pretty happy with the final outcome.
Senior guard Ali Cabrera scored a team-high 20 points and senior center Jordan McLoud had five of his 18 points in overtime as the Tigers beat the Warriors 58-56 in OT.
“We struggled the second half to put the ball in the basket,” Compton said. “But I really like this group. They never give up. We’ve had two games where they could have quit, and they didn’t. They don’t quit.”
Cabrera had five of Green Forest’s seven three-pointers to help the Tigers overcome some struggles from the free-throw line, where they finished 9-for-23.
Senior forward Isaac Demeyer had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, while McLoud has been an anchor in the middle.
McLoud scored eight points in the first quarter, then made both of the Tigers’ field goals in overtime to help overcome seven missed free throws by Green Forest in the extra period.
“Jordan’s playing really well right now,” Compton said. “He’s a good leader for this group.”
On Monday, Nov. 15, Green Forest lost to Berryville 59-45. Senior guard Jay Pope led the Tigers with 17 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Cabrera added 12.
Green Forest will return to action Monday, Oct. 29, in the Omaha tournament.