P.K. Yonge rallies to win


Published: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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P.K. Yonge guard Arnett Hall runs past Eastside forward Brandon Darling during the first half Wednesday.

JARRETT BAKER/Special to The Sun
P.K. Yonge overcame an early deficit to defeat visiting Eastside 58-50 in a boys high school basketball game Wednesday.
"I thought we showed a lot of heart in the second half," P.K. Yonge coach Mark Griseck said. "We kind of challenged them at halftime to play a little tougher."
The Rams (9-5) outrebounded the Blue Wave 24-14 in the first half and committed only seven turnovers. Eastside jumped out with a 15-2 run to start the game and led 32-22 at the half. The Rams were led by senior shooting guard Alton Jones, who scored 12 first-half points on four 3-pointers. He finished the game with 19.
Eastside coach Herman Williams was pleased with the way his team started, but felt the team was fatigued down the stretch, especially after playing its second game in as many nights.
"We did a good job in the first half," Williams said. "It was very surprising to me how they came out and played."
The Rams were able to contain junior forward Myk Brown through the first two quarters, with his only two points coming on a dunk with 6:02 left in the first quarter. But Brown came alive in the second half, scoring 11 third-quarter points and helping his team cut the Ram lead to four by the end of the third quarter.
"In the first half I thought he pressed too much, and in the second half he kind of let the game come to him a little bit," Griseck said.
P.K. Yonge (10-3) took its first lead with 4:16 left in the fourth quarter, and held on thanks to clutch free-throw shooting by junior guard Willie Powers, who hit all eight of his free throws to lead all scorers with 25 points.
"He's a great player," Griseck said of Powers. "We're kind of used to those performances."

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