Photos by Rick Nation
The Bryant Hornets freshman team overcame a 12-point deficit going into the fourth quarter to force overtime against the Pulaski Academy Junior Bruins on Saturday. But the Bruins eked out a 47-46 win in the third-place game of the Bryant Invitational Tournament.
Calvin Allen scored 11 points, Brandon Harris had 9 on three 3-pointers. Marvin Moody finished with 8, John Winston 7. Garrett Cowart, Caylin Allen, Kaleb Turner, Jonathan Allen and Kyle Sahr finished with 2 each and Landon Kays hit a free throw.
“After coming off a tough loss to Benton, we really focused in on coming back strong and ending the tournament on a positive note,” said Hornets coach Tyler Posey. “Pulaski Academy made it tough for us with their long arms in a really aggressive 3-2 zone. They were able to create turnovers out of their zone.
“We played flat for three quarters and dug ourselves a hole,” he added.
The Bruins built a 12-6 lead in the first quarter and held a 21-17 edge at the half. It was 33-21 going into the fourth.
“During the fourth quarter, we found a spark and really made a run, converting four consecutive 3-pointers,” Posey related. “All of this was set up by an energy we had not shown throughout the game and something we will have to find going forward.
“I really liked the effort and execution in the fourth quarter and in overtime,” he said. “But we just couldn’t come out with a win.”
The Hornets doubled their score in the fourth quarter, pulling even at 42 at the end of regulation.
They’re set to travel to Benton for a rematch on Monday, Nov. 25.