Tiger basketball got off to a rough start in the Van Tournament on Thursday night, as Paris North Lamar rode a dominant fourth quarter to a big win.
North Lamar outscored Glen Rose (1-2) by a 27-12 margin in a 55-30 victory.
“We shot really poorly in this game; there’s no reason for us to shoot like that,” said coach Wayne Roberts. “We had 10 missed free throws in the first half, so if we do a decent job there we’re winning going into the third quarter.”
The coach said North Lamar was an athletic squad that thrived off easy baskets from Tiger turnovers.
“We panicked against their pressure,” he said. “We have to take better care of the ball.”
At the defensive end, Roberts said the Tigers were caught out of position too often.
Ben Coppock was the leading scorer with 12, followed by Stetson Overton (7), Jeffrey Harris (2), Colton Bumpas (2), John Henry Powell (2), Justin Potter (1), Justin Weatherley (1) and Colton Bretton (1).
Even if North Lamar is a good team, Roberts is looking for more from his crew.
“Everyone has experience with our style of play for years now, so our issues can’t be blamed on working in a bunch of new players,” he said. “The guys were disappointed obviously, and we just have to do better in all phases.”
The Tigers will have an opportunity to get back on the winning track Friday with two ballgames in Van.