Bobcats kick off tournaments with three consecutive wins


By Nikki Blankenship - nblankenship@civitasmedia.com



Head Boys Basketball Coach Dirk Hollar and Head Cheerleading Coach Rhonda Boyd with their senior athletes at Friday night’s game against Western.


Submitted by Mary Howard

The Green Bobcats are ready for tournament season, buiding up wins as they head for what they hope will be a long, successful tournament run. The Bobcats hosted senior night at home Friday at home and played a tough game that left Head Coach Dirk Hollar proud of his team’s hard work.

“The Green Bobcats picked up a huge overtime win vs. Western tonight. It was senior night for Alex Hughes, Aaron Johnson, and Justin Deerfield. All three stepped their game up,” Hollar commented.

Green beat Western by only two points in a tight game that ended with a final score of 51-49.

Several Bobcats helped lead the victory.

“Justin (Deerfield) did a great job rebounding and getting the outlet pass to our wings and he played very physical which is exactly what we need him to do every night. Alex Hughes also did a great job keeping their bigs off the boards, and he does such a great job setting high ball screens for Tanner Kimbler,” Hollar explained. “The biggest contribution came from Aaron Johnson. Aaron had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks. The kid played out of his mind. I told him he played like a grown man! For all three to go out their senior year on a three game winning streak and heading into the tournament playing this well is perfect! But we know we aren’t done yet.”

Tayte Carver was the Bobcat’s leading scorer with 18 points. Carver also made the biggest shot of the night.

“With us down 49-48 he drove to the middle of the floor, spun and got inside position on his man and finished the layup and drew the foul. That put us up 51-49. They came down, missed and we secured the rebound for the win. Tanner Kimbler chipped in 15, took care of the basketball, made some great passes as they swarmed him the whole game,” said Hollar.

The recent Bobcat victories have really shown an improved team effort and is giving Bobcats fans some hope for the coming weeks.

“We have had some rough games coming down to the end and not being able to finish. We are now finishing games and playing the best basketball I’ve seen since taking over at Green,” the Green Coach concluded.

Green will go up against Eastern for the first round of Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Boys Division IV District Tournaments at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Meigs High School.

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Head Boys Basketball Coach Dirk Hollar and Head Cheerleading Coach Rhonda Boyd with their senior athletes at Friday night’s game against Western.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/02/web1_green2.jpgHead Boys Basketball Coach Dirk Hollar and Head Cheerleading Coach Rhonda Boyd with their senior athletes at Friday night’s game against Western. Submitted by Mary Howard

By Nikki Blankenship

nblankenship@civitasmedia.com

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930 or on Twitter @nikkib45653.

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