Tuesday’s 77-55 win over the Malvern Leopards looked familiar to Sylvan Hills head coach Kevin Davis.
“It reminded me of the Maumelle game,” Davis said.
Davis said his team’s performance in transition in the first quarter was the difference in the game.
“They came out in a zone,” Davis said, “first they were in 2-3, then switched to 3-2.”
Not only did the Bears run the floor well, they shot well from the outside. Three of Davis’ perimeter players finished in double figures led by Ronnie Hinton’s 18 points. Delsin Parker had 17 while Demonte Davidson added 15.
The teams were back and forth for the first 14 points until the waning minutes of the first quarter when they went on a 10-2 run and pushed out to a 24-16 lead after the first eight minutes.
Davis said the Bears didn’t rebound as well in the first half.
“They outrebounded us by about three in the first half,” Davis said, “but we picked it up in the second and we outrebounded them by about seven.”
Davis also said his team came out early and weren’t quite patient enough offensively as thy needed to be.
“We shot too early,” Davis said, “and took some bad shots.” Davis said, “but overall our spacing was good and we got some easy shots.”
The Bears’ (2-1) next foray into competition will be this week in the Cyclone Classic where they face the host Russellville Cyclones on Thursday and Davis said his team doesn’t have anything to lose.
“It’s going to be great for our team,” Davis said. “They are a good team and we can play relaxed.”