Lincoln ends season for Green Forest junior boys
GREEN FOREST -- The Green Forest junior boys basketball team saw its season come to an end Thursday with a 48-25 loss to Lincoln in the semifinal of the District 3-A tournament.
Ninth grader Daulton Coffey led Green Forest with nine points in the loss to the top-seeded Wolves.
The Tigers were neck and neck with Lincoln through the first quarter and trailed by only one point. But the Wolves opened things up in the second half, and by halftime had taken a 15-point lead.
"In the second quarter they played us a whole lot more physical, and their press was able to get to us," Green Forest coach Drew Ray said. "Lincoln was the No. 1 team for a reason and they played like it against us."
Eighth grader Gavin Nelson scored five points for Green Forest. Ninth graders Treyton Anderson and Dalton Ewing scored four points each.
Eighth grader Brandon Hogan scored two points, and ninth grader Clayton Watson scored one point.
Two days before the loss to Lincoln, the Tigers had perhaps their best win of the season when they defeated Greenland 52-28 in the opening round of the tournament. In this contest ninth grader Dalton Ewing scored a team-high 15 points
"The great thing about this team is we finished the season by winning five of our final seven games," Ray said. "That shows just how much the team has improved."
The coach said this year's tournament went off like clockwork.
"The community really did a great job with this event. We had great crowds each night," he said.
Ray said all of his players improved this season.
He said, "Jordyn Mullins did a fine job leading the team at point guard.
"Treyton Anderson did a great job for us with defense and rebounding.
"Gavin Nelson played hard-nosed defense for us all season.
"Dalton Ewing gave us great effort every night.
"Daulton Coffey got a lot better each day and learned to play defense really well by the end of the season.