Bobcat season continues

By Nikki Blankenship -

The Green Bobcats boys basketball team knocked Eastern Reedsville out of tournaments with a 59-50 win Tuesday night, a win that took a total team effort from the Bobcats.

“We had a battle on our hands tonight,” said Green Head Coach Dirk Hollar. “We knew it would be a very physical game and I thought our boys responded by going right back at them. Aaron Johnson picked up two quick fouls early and it hurt us inside because he’s so long defensively and does a great job at challenging shots.”

It took Green a quarter to get warmed up, but once they got started it was clear they were willing to give all they had to feed their hunger for the win.

“In the second quarter we got going but still didn’t move the ball very well offensively,” Hollar commented. “Rylee Maynard came off the bench and hit a big 3 when we needed it. He hit another big 3 in the 3rd too. Coach Kimbler and I agreed at half we needed to put in Maynard because he’s such a good spot up shooter. They couldn’t leave him open.”

The Green boys brought out some big plays in the second half of the game, continuing to improve their offense as the night continued.

“In the second half Tanner Kimbler got hot scoring 9 in the 3rd then continued in the 4th hitting back to back to back 3’s to go on his own 9-0 run. It was enough to give us a lead to slow it down and kill some clock,” Hollar stated. “Kimbler led us with 24. I can’t ask anymore out of this kid. He’s only a sophomore and plays like he’s a senior. He’s smart with the ball, doesn’t force shots, doesn’t turn it over, and always praises his teammates when they get him open. Tonight Alex Hughes set some good high ball screens but most of Tanner’s points came in transition. He’s the only kid that has the green light to pull from anywhere and I’ll be honest, I think it’s going in every time.”

Two of the Bobcats best players came and helped lock in the win.

“From there Aaron Johnson (12 points) and Tayte Carver (13 points) sealed the win by knocking down free throws. Johnson also seemed to get his hands on every single shot in the 4th. They really only had about two good looks in the 4th because we extended the zone out. Tanner was getting his hands on passes and AJ was making them shoot over him or blocking it,” commented Hollar.

This excellent tournament game really had both teams fighting to continue their tournament run and chance at the district championships.

“It was the first time where we went right back at the other team when they were physical. We’ve seen it all year in the SOC,” commented Hollar. “And to see this team fight back and play so well together at this time of the year is great! I’m very proud of this group. It’s been a roller coaster ride all season and right now we are playing the best basketball when we need it the most.”

Green will continue their tournament battle at 6:15 p.m. on Monday when they face Waterford at Meigs High School.

By Nikki Blankenship

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

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