Holiday Hoops: Bobcats top Glendale to claim title

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Berryville senior point guard Kade Davidson looks for an opening against Pocahontas in the Holiday Hoops tournament last week at Bobcat Arena. Davidson scored 17 points, then added 22 in the championship game against Glendale.
David Bell / Carroll County News

The Berryville Bobcats are Holiday Hoops champions.

The Bobcats led from start to finish in a 61-46 victory over Glendale, Mo., in the tournament championship game on Thursday, Dec. 30, at Bobcat Arena.

“We played our best game, without a doubt, against probably our best opponent that we’ve played all year — a team that had a lot of size and length all over the court, from 6-4 to 6-7 across the board,” Berryville coach Brent Compton said. “I don’t think there were many people that gave us a chance, to be honest, going into the game. Our kids wanted that game and played the hardest and best game they’ve played all year, and got the win.”

Senior point guard Kade Davidson scored a game-high 22 points for the Bobcats, including 18 in the first half as Berryville took a 33-24 halftime lead.

Davidson had 11 points in the second quarter — including a three-pointer and a pair of three-point plays — as the Bobcats outscored Glendale 17-8 after the first quarter ended with the score tied at 16.

Davidson, who started every game for Berryville as a sophomore two seasons ago, suffered a broken leg in the second game last season and did not return.

“He’s starting to get back in the groove,” Compton said. “It just takes a while, after being out for an entire season. He’s starting to get it going again, and it’s perfect timing.”

Senior center Weston Teague added 17 points and junior Jake Wilson scored 14 for the Bobcats.Teague had 13 points in the second half.

Berryville advanced to the championship game with a 54-49 victory over Pocahontas on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Davidson scored 13 points in the first half as Berryville jumped out to 27-15 lead and finished with 17. Wilson added 14 and junior guard Nate Allen scored 10.

Berryville’s scheduled first-round game with Hamburg on Tuesday, Dec. 28, was canceled after the Lions pulled out of the tournament on short notice.

Berryville (11-4) has won four consecutive games and nine out its past 10 after a 2-3 start. Berryville has played just one conference game — a home loss to Farmington on Dec. 17 — but the Bobcats’ final 11 games include 10 conference matchups, starting with a home game against Shiloh Christian on Tuesday night. The Bobcats will play at Crane, Mo., on Friday.

“Now the real season begins, the conference season, and we’re looking forward to it,” Compton said. “Especially if we can play like we did the other night.”

The Berryville Bobcats pose with the championship trophy after defeating Glendale, Mo., 61-46 on Thursday, Dec. 30, in the championship game of the annual Holiday Hoops tournament at Bobcat Arena. Senior point guard Kade Davidson scored a game-high 22 points for the Bobcats. See complete coverage in Sports on Page 1B.
Photo courtesy of Brent Compton
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