Far from home, Bobcats hold their own

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Berryville senior center Weston Teague puts up a shot from close range during a benefit game earlier this season against Siloam Springs. Teague scored 20 points last Friday as the Bobcats beat the host team in the Brookland Invitational Tournament.
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The Berryville Bobcats won one game out of three in the Brookland Invitational Tournament that started last Thursday, but coach Brent Compton was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I’m super proud of our kids,” Compton said Monday. “They competed as hard as they could.”

The Bobcats lost to a pair of Class 5A teams, falling to Greene County Tech 48-46 on Thursday, Nov. 18, and to Nettleton 72-66 two days later. In between, Berryville beat Brookland 39-37 on Friday.

After a bus ride of more than 200 miles on Thursday, the Bobcats led Greene County Tech 24-22 at halftime but were outscored 14-11 in the third quarter and the Golden Eagles held on for the two-point victory.

Junior guard Jake Wilson led Berryville with 12 points while classmate Nate Allen added 10 and senior Kade Davidson scored nine.

“I think a long bus trip is part of the reason we might not have played as well that first day,” Compton said. “But Greene County Tech had a little bit to do with that, too. They were real physical and tried to kind of bully us around a little bit. We had a chance there at the end. The ballgame could have gone either way.”

The Bobcats bounced back Friday to beat the host team as senior center Weston Teague scored 20 points. Teague had 10 points in each half, making seven shots from the floor and all six of his free throws. Altogether Berryville made 12 of its 16 free-throw attempts. The Bobcats outscored Brookland 11-6 in the third quarter to take a one-point lead after trailing 20-16 at halftime.

“We really ran offense well,” Compton said. “I know we only scored 39 points, but we really made strides from Game 1 to Game 2.”

On Saturday, Class 4A Berryville faced another 5A team in Nettleton. The Bobcats held their own, making 10 three-pointers for the game and matching the Raiders with 43 second-half points.

“Nettleton was just really athletic,” Compton said. “We felt like we had to play a lot of zone to keep them in front of us. They made some shots early in the game. And really, that was the difference in the game with us just getting beat by six.”

Wilson led the Bobcats with 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Allen scored all of his 15 points on three-point shots while Davidson added nine points and junior Jack Dignan scored all of his eight points in the second half.

Dignan’s shooting caught Compton’s eye.

“The last day, I thought Jack Dignan stepped up and shot the ball well, something we need him to do,” Compton said. “I feel like all our kids competed well. I was proud of all of them.”

Compton said the tournament gave the Bobcats a chance to measure themselves early in the season.

“We were going to play good competition and see where we’re at,” he said. “Even though we lost a couple of them, I really like where we’re at, and I think our kids see that we have a chance, if we’ll continue to work hard, to have a good season.

Before making the trip to Brookland, Berryville opened the season with a 59-45 victory at Green Forest on Monday, Nov. 15. Seven Bobcats scored at least six points, led by 10 from Wilson. Teague added nine points, Davidson and Allen scored eight points apiece, senior Kennon Helmlinger and junior D.J. Colbert each had seven and Dignan scored six.

The Bobcats (2-2) will get a few days off for Thanksgiving before returning to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, when they’ll take on Gainesville, Mo., in the 61st annual Forsyth Tournament in Forsyth, Mo.

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