#8216;Cardiac kids#039; pull off another comeback win

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 8, 2005

First-year Greenville boys basketball coach Victor Smith hasn't slept well lately.

It's not because his Tigers are losing. In fact they are winning, but it's how they are winning that has their coach suffering from insomnia.

For the second game in less than five days, Greenville rallied from being down double digits to come away with a victory.

This time the Tigers trailed as much as 14 points to come away with an 85-84 overtime at Carroll High in Ozark late Friday night.

&#8220It would be nice to jump out on somebody for once,” Smith said. &#8220I've been calling them the cardiac kids, because that's what they are doing to me. I'd like to get some sleep for once, too.”

Greenville (4-2) trailed Carroll 58-48 going into the fourth period and managed to tie the game at 77 to send it into overtime before coming away with its first area win of the season.

The Tigers had five players finish in double figures with Isiah Mack leading the charge with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Rashad Knight also chipped in 17 points and dished six assists.

Since Greenville doesn't have the size like most teams it has played this year, Smith has been able to win with a smaller lineup. And the smaller he gets, the better his team seems to be.

&#8220I think we do play better as a smaller team,” Smith said. &#8220I think we get even quicker when we get smaller and it obviously causes matchup problems with teams that are bigger than us.”

Playing against a much larger Hillcrest-Evergreen squad, Smith elected to go with a much smaller lineup later in the game and it worked to perfection. The Tigers erased an 18-point deficit to hand the Jaguars their first loss of the season last Tuesday.

&#8220Those guys got out there and did the same thing they did against Hillcrest,” Smith said. &#8220They got scrappy and forced 27 turnovers. They won with a tremendous defensive effort.”

With the effort on defense in forcing turnovers, Greenville has produced on the other side of the court. The turnovers have turned into easy baskets on the other end because of the Tigers' flawless transition game.

Lynn Lewis added 13 points, Edward Searight 13 and Darel Carter with 11.

Larry Donnell led Caroll with a game-high 32 points, followed by Demorris Killow with 22.

While Smith has been losing sleep over his varsity boys team, his junior high squad left Smith with sweet dreams.

The junior high Tigers remain unbeaten (4-0) on the season after knocking off Carroll, 51-40, last Friday.

Greenville jumped out on Carroll from the opening tap and never let up.

Michael Peagler led the Tigers with 16 points, while Ty Robinson added 14.

Greenville's scheduled game with Wetumpka on Friday has been postponed, so the Tigers will be back in action Saturday at home against a struggling Calhoun team.