Bobcats earn a big win for Seymour
Published: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
More than anything he's wanted in a long time, Bob Horodyski wanted Saturday night to be special.
And it wasn't because the Buchholz boys basketball coach would be leading his team against talented area rival Santa Fe.
Not that basketball didn't matter. It's just that this night allowed Horodyski to memorialize a close friend in the best way he knew possible.
His team did the rest, snapping the visiting Raiders' six-game winning streak with a 64-52 victory in the first game ever played in newly named Bud Seymour Gymnasium.
"Everybody loved Bud Seymour," said BHS senior point guard Blake Hyden of the former area coach and teacher who passed away after a long battle with cancer in the fall. "He and coach were really close, and I know it was important to him, as it was to all of us."
Playing with wristbands and tape that spelled out B-U-D (an idea of the players), the Bobcats (13-9) started very strong, sinking 4-of-5 3-point attempts in the first quarter to take a 16-4 lead. The shooting was so spectacular, after a 3 by Buchholz junior Brian Frank gave the Bobcats a 13-2 advantage at the 4:28 mark, Raiders coach Scott McDaniel called a timeout and jokingly yelled to the Buchholz players "miss a shot, white!"
Santa Fe (16-7) climbed back into the contest, despite leading scorer Kyle Vejraska (18.5 ppg) being held to seven of his game-high 18 points in the first half, partly due to tough defense, partly to foul trouble. And a 3-pointer by Eddie Riess followed by a layup by Miles Walcott with around five and a half minutes left in the third quarter gave the Raiders a 30-27 lead.
But behind Hyden (12 points, eight assists) and senior forward Chris Washington (15 points, six rebounds, four steals) the Bobcats reclaimed the lead and never lost it again in front of an audience that included Gators Joakim Noah and Taurean Green.
"It went back and forth for a little while, but they clamped down and we would work so hard for a shot," said McDaniel, whose team finished 15 of 16 from the foul line. "Then, we'd be patient and get ourselves a wide open layup and we'd miss the shot. We needed to finish better."
To Horodyski, it couldn't have finished any better.
"It was just fantastic," Horodyski said of the win and pregame ceremony. "It couldn't have gone better."
John Patton is The Sun's high school sports editor. You can reach him by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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