The Thayer Bobcats played some pretty good defense in the second round of the 2010 Cabool Holiday Basketball Tournament Dec. 28.
The only problem was, the Gainesville Bulldogs may have played defense even better that night.
With both Thayer and Gainesville struggling to put the ball in the bucket -- and both squads turning the ball over via a number of unforced miscues -- it was anybody's game.
And in the end, the fifth-seeded Bulldogs managed to lead the entire night, finishing off the fourth-seeded Bobcats 38-22.
The first half was a low-scoring affair, with Gainesville hanging on to a 16-9 advantage at intermission.
But it could have been worse for Thayer at the break.
Considering the Cats posted just three field goals and went three-for-nine from the charity stripe in the first two periods, a seven-point deficit at halftime was not too bad.
Gainesville's Dakota Nash had the hot hand in the first period, knocking down a pair of treys on his way to 10 of the Bulldogs' 14 points in the first. Nash led all scorers with a game-high 18.
Austin Henry (11 points) racked up Thayer's lone field goal in the first. Brandon Childers scored the Cats' other two points in the first on a couple of free throws, with Gainesville in front 14-6 after one.
Ricky Smith logged an old-fashioned 3-point play in the second, accounting for all of Thayer's points in that frame.
Despite their trouble scoring, Thayer clamped down on the defensive end and held Gainesville to just two points in the second, with the Bulldogs taking a 16-9 lead to the half.
Lucas Risner (four points) opened the third period with a jumper for Thayer, but the Cats' next field goal would not come until the 4:55 mark of the stanza, on a trey from Risner.
Gainesville capped the third with a 6-1 burst that placed the Bulldogs in front by 10, 26-16, after three.
That cushion turned out to be enough for Gainesville to end the evening with a 38-22 victory over Thayer.
Dylan Dennis finished with two points for the Cats.
Thayer opened play in the tourney with a 65-49 win over the 13th-seeded Houston Tigers Dec. 27.
The Bobcats pushed past top-seeded Norwood 53-47 in the consolation round Dec. 29.
Henry tossed in 15 points, with Dennis adding 12. Risner and Smith finished with 11 points apiece.