Third place at the Zebra Invitational Tournament isn't so bad, especially when it comes against a city rival.
Third place at the Zebra Invitational Tournament isn’t so bad, especially when it comes against a city rival.
Watson Chapel expanded an 18-17 halftime lead and controlled the glass Wednesday in a 47-37 victory over Dollarway for third prize at Pine Bluff High School’s McFadden Gymnasium. JoviOne Bailey scored 17 points to lead all scorers and Rodney Ollison, despite only four points, finished with 14 rebounds.
“I just told our guys, this isn’t where we want to be, but sometimes in life, you don’t always get the job you want. You don’t always get what you want,” first-year Watson Chapel coach Matt Busch said. “You’ve got to take what God’s given you, and He wanted you in this game. They wanted to play Dollarway, and it didn’t work out for us to play them this year, so we got our chance, the kids played hard, played well and I’m proud of them.”
Dollarway (10-4), which dropped a 52-50 decision to eventual tournament champion Pine Bluff on Tuesday, is on its first two-game losing streak of the season.
“We just didn’t play no ball tonight,” Cardinals coach Ellis Berry said. “We just had some little issues go on that threw us off.”
Berry cited Dollarway’s failure to finish games strong and make good decisions as some of the issues.
“We’ve got to learn how to be unselfish and not worry about who’s scoring,” Berry said.
Center Nathan Nowden scored five unanswered points to help the Cards take a 15-13 advantage midway in the second quarter, their only lead since 3-0. Nowden finished with 13 points as Dollarway’s only double-digit scorer and added three rebounds and three blocks.
Neither team shot well from the floor. The Wildcats (7-5) went 9 for 34, but their aggressiveness to the basket allowed them to shoot 7 of 12 in free throws in a second period when they did not convert a field goal. But four of their five field goals in the third were 3-pointers, including one from Bailey that gave the Wildcats a 29-20 edge.
The Cards were 12 for 45 from the field, including a 1-for-8 start marked by short-range misses.
“A lot of times when you have bad shooting nights, it comes in that second or third night of playing,” Busch said. The tournament lasted three days.
The Wildcats outrebounded the Cards 34-25. Ollison pulled down eight of his rebounds in the first half.
Dumas 71, Robinson 17
The Bobcats (4-3) won the consolation final of the Zebra Invitational after holding the Senators to four points in the second half. Dumas led 48-13 at halftime.
Tev Buchanan and Khendle Joyner each scored 13 points to lead the Bobcats, while Charleston Dobbs and Lonzo Randolph chipped in 10 apiece. K.J. Thompson led Robinson with 11 points.