It just wasn’t a typical basketball night for the Sylvan Hills Bears on Tuesday.
A 56-45 loss to Helena-West Helena proved why the 5A-Central’s longest road trip is rarely a nice trip home.
"It was like we were in the twilight zone," Bears head coach Kevin Davis said. "We didn’t shoot the ball well at all."
Davis said his team floated "four or five" air balls, some from point blank range.
"It’s discouraging when you go in for a five foot floater from the baseline and it goes all the way over the goal," Davis said.
Besides shooting woes, Aumonie Armond got himself into early foul trouble recording his third personal early in the first half.
Despite the poor play, the Bears managed to keep themselves to within striking distance.
"It was a six or eight point game throughout the entire game," Davis said.
In fact, the Cougars had just a 20-18 lead at the half.
"We definitely had our chances," Davis said.
The Cougars also shot 20 more foul shots than Sylvan Hills on the night as well.
"I normally don’t say anything about officiating," Davis said, "but I’ve never been on either end of a 30-10 free throw shooting discrepancy."
The schedule gets no easier from here. The Bears face Little Rock Christian, who defeated Mills on Tuesday. The Comets represent Sylvan Hills’ only conference win so far in the young 5A-Central season.
Where do the Bears go from here?
"We just keep playing, keep working," Davis said.
It’s likely that Davis will grade Tuesday’s game film, but will not relive the night with his team.
"Some nights it’s just best if you just throw one away," Davis said. "We usually have one of two of those per season. This one is one of those."