BOWLING GREEN — The Hopkinsville Tigers traveled to Bowling Green on Wednesday afternoon looking for their second win of the season, facing off against the Greenwood Gators.
After Hoptown cruised to a win on Tuesday, it was much different a day later as the Gators handled the Tiger pressure and walked out with a 74-62 win of Larry Miller’s group.
“They made you run an offense,” Miller said. “Tuesday night we were turning Trigg over a lot more and we were able to score in transition. We haven’t run any offense in two days. I give the kids credit. We’ve only had three practices to work on stuff after being off for 14 days. That’s not their fault but we’ve got to start running an offense.”
Neither Greenwood or Hopkinsville got off to the best of starts, as the first quarter ended just 10-6 in favor of the Tigers.
The Gators began to figure things out offensively moving forward, taking a 31-28 lead into the break.
It was the second half where Greenwood opened the game up.
The Tigers were stalled offensively and the Gators were finding openings in the Hoptown defense. Led by Cade Stinnett, Greenwood rolled to the win on Wednesday night.
“He’s an all-region player,” Miller said. “We stood up out of our stance and didn’t have the help side established. We were way out on the other side of the floor and not in the lane like we were supposed to be. But of course we haven’t been able to watch any film. So we’ll have a lot of time to watch film before Friday.”
Stinnett led all scorers with 25 points.
Alijah Watts had a team-high 21 in the loss for the Tigers.
Hoptown had its chances throughout the game. Miller said there were some points left on the rim in the loss and wants his team to be more efficient near the rim moving forward.
“I think they’ve got to learn to use the backboard,” he said. “They’re shooting finger rolls and they don’t have the size when you got against a legitimate team to shoot finger rolls.
“When things start going negatively, we’ve got to fight back.”
Miller said the next couple days of practice are going to be focused on gett the offense running smoothly.
“We’re just standing around out there,” he said. “We’re doing a solid job of pushing the ball, but we should push the ball a lot harder and get our wings out wide. They’re running down the middle of the floor. A lot of it is conditioning. That’s why I took these three games this week so we can at least get back into shape.”
The Tigers will be back in action on Friday on the road against Muhlenberg County.
GREENWOOD 74, HOPKINSVILLE 62
GHS 6 25 23 20 — 74
HHS 10 18 17 17 — 62
HHS: Alijah Watts 21, Reece Jesse 12, Daisjaun Mercer 11, Jamarcus Burks 8, KC Cabiness 4, Arthur McKnight 2, Isaiah Manning 2, Xavier Dowlen 2
GHS: Cade Stinnett 25, Marc Grant 13, Aaron Brown 13, Brakton Stinnett 10, Lofton Howard 9, Jax Buchanon 4