|
|
|
The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Panthers outlast Riverview

  • Heber Springs withstood a strong second half surge by Riverview, outlasting the Raiders 45-42 as guard Austin Adkins and forward Michael Kramer paced the Panthers with 11 points each on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in Searcy.
    • email print
      Comment
  • Heber Springs withstood a strong second half surge by Riverview, outlasting the Raiders 45-42 as guard Austin Adkins and forward Michael Kramer paced the Panthers with 11 points each on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in Searcy.
    The Panthers led 10-4 after the first quarter and 30-10 at halftime, but Riverview outscored Heber 20-5 in the third quarter to trim its deficit to five heading into the final period.
    "We came out and played real well in the first half but got into foul trouble," said Panthers Coach Kevin Kyzer. "We had some sophomores step in and play real well. David Kuebler and Hunter Chandler played real well off the bench for us.
    "In the second half we tried to go strictly zone to try and protect Mason [Schroeder] on fouls because he was able to get back out there after not playing the second quarter. We probably should have continued to mix our defenses up and have Mason front the post instead of sitting in zone."
    The Raiders found their range from beyond the arc in the second half. "They are a real streaky shooting team," said Kyzer. "We sat back in a zone and let them get hot and once we switched back to man they were still on fire. But we finally started getting stops again and were able to get our offense straightened out."
    Heber relied on point guard Waren Thomas Olmstead to handle the ball, while also using his athletic ability to pressure Riverview's top scorer. "We wore Waren Olmstead out," said Kyzere. "He brought it up and we pushed the ball really fast. We put too much on him he was guarding their best player all night and also having to run our offense all night. He got tired."
    Down 35-30 entering the fourth quarter, Riverview surged in front by three before the Panthers regained the lead and held on at the end as the Raiders misfired on a three-point attempt. "They missed a contested three," said Kyzer. "Red (Austin Adkins) had a hand in his face."
    After battling Mayflower last night, Heber (3-1) opens 2-4A Conference play on Friday at Stuttgart and faces Mountain View on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. in the first round of the Lyon College Tournament in Batesville.
    "Stuttgart is off to a hot start," said Kyzer. "They have four starters back and are playing real well early. It's going to be a physical game. We've got to be ready to go in there and bang. We better go in there ready to be disciplined and if we can run our offense and play defense how we can we should be all right. But if they disrupt our offense all night it's going to be tough."
    Adkins was active on both ends of the floor, collecting five assists, five rebounds and four steals to go with his 11 points. Adkins finished 4 of 4 inside the arc and 1 of 6 from three-point range.
    Page 2 of 2 - Kramer shot 4 of 7 from the field and 3 of 4 from the foul line to rack up 11 points.
    Kuebler, who hit 3 of 3 shots from the field, followed with seven points and four rebounds, while Olmstead and Schroeder, who had three blocks, each chipped in six points.
    Chandler and forward Spencer Grogan each scored a bucket for the Panthers.
          • »  EVENTS CALENDAR