Bryant falls to Fairview 45-42

Up one point with a minute remaining, the Bryant Hornets fell 45-42 to the Camden Fairview Cardinals at the Russellville Tournament on Thursday.

“When we were up one with a minute to go, I felt pretty good with the decisions they were making, but it just didn’t work,” Bryant Coach Mike Abrahamson said. “Our guards ended up making bad decisions.”

The Hornets (1-2) made crucial turnovers in the final minute to lose by three.

“We couldn’t close the game out,” Abrahamson said. “Through the course of the game, the problem was rebounding. We gave up a lot of offensive rebounds. “[The Cardinals] are very athletic and it was tough to get them blocked out.”

The Hornets hadn’t played in just over two weeks since they defeated the Benton Panthers, so Bryant may have been a little rusty not getting shots to fall. Abrahamson said he was happy with the shot selection though.

“Our shot selection was good,” he said. “I didn’t have a problem with our shots, I just have a problem giving up offensive rebounds.”
Down 10-9 after the first quarter, Bryant was down just two at halftime with the score at 24-22.

The Hornets were leading 34-31 going into the fourth quarter, but allowing offensive rebounds and committing turnovers proved to be Bryant’s undoing. The Hornets had only three turnovers at the half, but committed 12 in the second half.

Senior guard Jordan Griffin led the Hornets with 13 points and senior Quinton Motto followed with 10 points and led the team with six rebounds.

“Our first-shot defense was pretty good, but we allowed second opportunities throughout the course of the game,” Abrahamson said. Besides the turnovers and allowing the offensive rebounds, another negative was the Hornets shot just 6 of 10 from the free-throw line.

“We didn’t get to the line as much as I would like,” he said. “We were trying to. It was a pretty physical game. They didn’t get to the free-throw line that much either. It just wasn’t that type of game.
“They were very long and athletic and our guys are good players, but we’re smaller and that just gave us trouble.”

Abrahamson said the positive to the game was that Bryant made it a close game with a team that is much more athletic than the Hornets.

“I just hope we can learn from experience,” he said. “Camden Fairview is a very good team, well-coached.”

The Hornets resume play in the Russellville Tournament today at 4 p.m. against Mountain Home.