Badgers Play In Riverview Classic

Dec 20th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Sports

BY  C.MICHAEL LONG

Staff Sports Photojournalist

SEARCY  - The Badgers played in The Riverview Classic Friday and Saturday,  December 14th and 15th,  against Star City and Heber Springs – but came up short in both contests.

Friday night against Star City, the Badgers jumped out to an 8 – 1 lead, but started settling for parameter shots instead pounding it inside and became stagnant offensively - which caused them to lose offensive rhythm and miss 8 free throws in the 1st half. Star City took advantage and a 1-point lead into the dressing room at half, 31-30. In the 2nd half, the Badgers got down by 10 points with 1:30 to go in the game – but fought back and tied the game when Tanner Chapman hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds to go in regulation to send it into overtime – in the 1st overtime the Badgers took a 2-point lead, but three straight trips down the floor resulted in turnovers due to poor passing and allowed Star City to stay in the game.

In the 1st overtime  - both teams traded baskets throughout and with 15 seconds left – Zach Baker hit a 2-point jump shot to send it into double overtime. But, turnovers killed the Badgers hopes in the 2nd overtime and allowed Star City to squeak out a heartbreaking, 76-72 win.

Austin Burroughs led the Badgers with 26 points and 11 rebounds and Zach Baker contributed 24 points in the Badgers effort.

Saturday’s game against Heber Springs was played almost entirely without the services of Zach Baker – who went down with an injury and is a huge part of what the Badgers do offensively. The Badgers also shot the ball poorly from the 3-point line, making only 4 of 22 shots. The Badgers went down in defeat 46-42.

After the game, Coach Marshall added, “ We have a group of seniors that are not shooting the ball the way they need to in order for us to be successful. We had a 4 - point lead again late in the game (against Heber Springs) and had some seniors have some crucial turnovers and untimely calls against us that did not allow us to pull it out in the end.”

Tanner Chapman led the Badger attack with 10 points, while Jake Schlenker and Austin Burroughs both contributed 9 points each.

Coach Marshall concluded by saying, “I expect to see better leadership from our seniors and guys taking care of their responsibilities this Friday night, December 21st, against Little Rock Christian Academy.” The Badgers record now stands at 5-4.

The game will follow the Lady Badgers game at 6pm at Badger Arena Friday night. Come out and support your Badger teams as they prepare for Conference play, which starts after the 1st of the year!