P.K. Yonge hits at line for win
Published: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 2:05 a.m.
Happy, but not content, after defeating Eastside in the semifinals of the city championships, P.K. Yonge coach Mark Griseck remarked to his team that if it was going to top Buchholz for the title Saturday night, the Blue Wave had to do much better than the 13-of-29 foul shooting performance they had against the Rams.
Apparently, they listened.
P.K. Yonge connected on 25-of-37 free throws, including 8 of its last 10 in the fourth quarter, to beat the Bobcats 55-47 in front of a full gym at Eastside.
"(Friday) night, we didn't seal the deal at the foul line," said Griseck, whose club improved to 8-4. "In order to win close games and beat teams the caliber of the ones here, we have to come through there."
On the other side, Buchholz (6-8) struggled, connecting on just 16-of-25 free throws, and missed the front end of one-and-ones three consecutive times in the third quarter after recovering from an early 10-point deficit.
"Bottom line, foul shots are our nemesis," Bobcats coach Bob Horodyski said. "We were able to come through (Friday) night (going 12-for-16 in a 56-54 victory against Gainesville), but we failed against P.K. Those three front end misses were huge. That's six potential points we missed out on."
The Blue Wave, with its poker depth - able to replace anywhere from one to five at any time - looked fresher early on and jumped out to an 28-19 advantage at halftime.
But cold shooting by P.K. Yonge and a hot hand by Buchholz junior guard Dan Frank, who hit the game-winning jumper against GHS and had 12 of his game-high 18 in the third versus the Blue Wave, trimmed the lead to 35-34 entering the fourth.
The Bobcats kept the momentum when senior swingman Chris Bright opened the period with six points to give Buchholz a 40-36 advantage, its largest of the game.
That's when the odd and then the normal happened.
The odd came on a three-pointer by burly Blue Wave post player Elliott Martin, a shot Horodyski called "the biggest of the contest." The normal followed as P.K. Yonge's double-double impresario Jeremy Davis sunk five free throws and grabbed three rebounds in the waning minutes, giving his team the win and himself 17 points and 10 boards.
"That's what we expect from him," Griseck said. "He's our warrior, and he does everything we need each night out, whether it be rebounding, scoring, diving for loose balls... anything. He's a big reason behind our success."
In the third-place game, the Hurricanes defeated the Rams, 53-52, after junior point guard Ron Larris, who led his team with 17 points, sank 1-of-2 from the foul line with 0.6 seconds remaining.
You can reach John Patton by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
55 BUCHHOLZ 47 CITY:
Jeremy Davis shows the way
All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.
Comments are currently unavailable on this article