P.K. Yonge knocks off another big-time foe

Members of P.K. Yonge's boys basketball team rush to embrace teammate Willie Powers, whose buzzer-beating layup gave the Blue Wave a 75-73 victory over Dr. Phillips High School during the Bobcat Shootout at Buchholz High School on Saturday.

ROB C. WITZEL/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 4:15 a.m.
Willie Powers took an inbounds pass with 7.1 seconds left, drove the length of the floor and delivered the game-winning layup at the buzzer as P.K. Yonge defeated Orlando Dr. Phillips 75-73 Saturday afternoon at the Bobcat Shootout.
Powers, a sophomore guard who tied teammate Max Hoggard and DP's Mario Sisinni for top scoring honors with 18, said the final play worked out exactly like he hoped.
"I figured I'd get the ball and it would come down to either Max or me making a shot," said Powers, who hit the overtime-forcing 3-pointer in the Blue Wave's 71-65 victory against Ocala Trinity Catholic on Friday night. "If they would have come at me, I would have dished to Max. I'm surprised they didn't and I was able to take the shot."
The win spoiled the return of Dr. Phillips' coach Anthony Long to Gainesville, where he coached GHS for seven seasons, including Class 5A state championships in 1999 and 2000.
Powers, whose team plays in 2A, added the victory against a 14-4 6A club that previously was unbeaten in January is a confidence-builder.
"At P.K. Yonge, we pride ourselves on beating bigger schools," said Powers, whose team improved to 13-4. "We don't play many 2A teams, except for our district schedule, so we're used to it. But it's still a huge win we can build on."
  • EASTSIDE 55, MOUNT DORA 47: The red-hot Rams continued to roll.
    Undefeated in 2005, Eastside improved to 14-2 on the season, including a 2-0 mark against teams from the Orlando area. The Rams topped West Orange in the Checkers Shootout at GHS on Jan. 8.
  • MIAMI MONSIGNOR PACE 64, BUCHHOLZ 46: In a contest that was about six to eight points closer than the final score would indicate, the host Bobcats did some good and bad in a loss to the 3A power Spartans (15-4).
    Playing in front of Florida assistant Anthony Grant, Buchholz held Division I prospect Josue Vazquez scoreless until six minutes remained in the game and limited the 6-foot-3 sharpshooter to eight points overall.
    The Bobcats (12-5) also got a combined 31 points from post players Chris Washington and Eric Lorenzi, but Pace's athleticism and depth allowed the Spartans to lead from start to finish.
  • ORLANDO EVANS 74, GAINESVILLE 52: Less than 20 hours after losing a heartbreaker to 3A power Miami Monsignor Pace, the Hurricanes sleepwalked through a loss to the Trojans.
    GHS saw a 14-point lead evaporate in the final three minutes against Pace and appeared to have not recovered Saturday, falling behind 41-15 at the half.
    The Hurricanes, who shot 15-of-47 from the field, dropped to 9-7, while Evans improved to 11-6.
  • SEMINOLE 58, HAWTHORNE 47: With starting 6-foot-6 center A.J. Comi out indefinitely due to injury, Seminole head coach Bill Barnett switched to a four-guard lineup and used the extra speed to outrun Hawthorne.
    Sophomore swingman Bill Hobach spotted up from all angles and knocked down four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 18 points.
    "We were getting a lack of production from some of these lineups in the past but we were able to do well today," said Barnett, whose team won its third straight to improve to 8-8. "Our quickness allowed us to press more, and that seemed to help."
    The Hornets were able to penetrate the press for the most part and get open looks, but until the fourth quarter - where they scored 26 of their 47 - they could not get much to fall. No Hawthorne player scored in double figures, but Aaron Ellison had nine points and five steals.
    "I'm puzzled, "said Hawthorne coach Mike Williams, whose team dropped to 3-12. "We missed layups and could not get easy things that we should have."
    Devin Collins complimented Hobach with 13 points of his own, including two of the Warhawks' six three pointers.
    "We played well as a team today, "said Hobach. "We're starting to get where we need to be as a team."
  • COUNTRYSIDE 70, COLUMBIA 68, OT: Despite 20 points from Alvin Bradley, Columbia fell to visiting Countryside in overtime. Countryside was led by Peter Alexandrov, who led all scorers with 25.
  • WILLISTON 65, BOOKER T. WASHINGTON 63: A little sleepy due to the 10 a.m. start, the Red Devils began the Bobcat Shootout down 13-2, but rallied behind 24 points from sophomore Jiwan James and 18 more from Corey Stacy.
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