NEOSHO, Mo. -- Springdale Har-Ber didn't score for the final 4 minutes, 55 seconds during a 55-44 win Thursday against Morrilton on Day 3 of the Neosho Holiday Classic.
That final bucket, however, was something as Tyler Garrett fired a behind-the back pass to Zane King, who used his left hand to kiss the ball off the glass from 6 feet out. It was one of three behind-the-back passes by Garrett and the only one that actually resulted in points. The junior guard finished with team-highs in points (13) and assists (7) to go along with five rebounds and two steals.
Springdale Har-Ber 55, Morrilton 44
Morrilton (5-7): Moore 19, Jefferson 9, Wright 9, Jones 6, Dillard 1.
Har-Ber (7-5): T. Garrett 13, Boudreaux 10, King 10, Taylor 8, Perry 7, Sanders 5, A. Garrett 2.
McDonald County, Mo. 25
McDonald County (2-9): Wattman 8, Santilla 4, Yousey 4, Hall 3, Frazier 2, Mills 2, Sedillos 2.
Bentonville (6-6): Hughes 20, Hargus 11, Palasak 6, Clifton 5, Kash 4, Clark 3, Roberts 3, Thomas 1.
Tyler Garrett's freshman brother, Austin Garrett, missed a short shot on the first behind-the-back pass. On the second, the ball came in too hot for senior Alec Boudreaux as it slipped through his hands.
The more this group plays together, the more teammates will be ready for passes like that.
"Everybody is starting to get along with each other and develop that chemistry we need," Garrett said. "It took us a lot of games, but coach sat us down after losing (58-50 against Kansas City Ruskin in Tuesday's tourney opener) to a team that we should have beat and explained a lot. That helped us a lot. We're starting to catch on. We're starting to gel."
Har-Ber coach Scott Bowlin sees that, too. He said he doesn't mind the razzle-dazzle passes -- as long as they're effective. And he really likes how his team has responded with back-to-back wins after Tuesday's loss.
"We've shortened our rotations where our best players are staying out on the floor and they're making plays," Bowlin said. "As disappointed as we were Tuesday, we're just as ecstatic now by what we see. We've gotten better here and, hopefully, turned a corner."
The Wildcats (7-5) wrap up the tourney against Van Buren in the ninth-place game at 10:30 a.m. today at Neosho High School.
They struggled defensively in the first quarter as Morrilton (5-7) trailed 17-15, but the lead grew to 10 by halftime (37-27) thanks to a 20-12 scoring advantage in the second quarter. The margin reached 16 twice in the second half as the Wildcats opened with a 6-0 run. A three-point play by Boudreaux, who scored five straight points and finished with 10, made it 46-30 midway through the third quarter.
"You've got to give Morrilton credit because they're so athletic and are going to be a really good 5A team," Bowlin said. "We got up by 16, and we couldn't put them away because we've got to clean some stuff up as far as turnovers. We got careless. You've got to understand the game and what we're trying to do."
Boudreaux hit 4 of 5 field goals, and King was 5 of 5 to finish with 10 points as well. Ryan Taylor, who Bowlin said has "a little dog in him," chipped in eight points while Tylor Perry added seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Girls: Bentonville 53, McDonald County, Mo. 25
The Lady Tigers secured a spot in today's fifth-place game with a 28-point victory Thursday. They play Forrest City at 3:30 p.m. at Neosho Middle School.
Bentonville's Avery Hughes poured in a game-high 20 points on 7 of 9 shooting -- 6 of 8 from 3-point range -- while Lauren Hargus finished with 11 points.
Sports on 12/30/2016
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