Blue Wave edge Hurricanes in a game for charity


Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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P.K. Yonge's Adio Mutima, left, knocks the ball from Gainesville's Taylor Simmons, as he goes up for a basket. At right is P.K. Yonge's Arnett Hall.

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Led by 19-point performances from Willie Powers and Myk Brown, the P.K. Yonge basketball team defeated host Gainesville 70-66. But basketball was secondary to the charitable efforts undertaken by Hurricanes coach Tony Wise and Blue Wave coach Mark Griseck on Tuesday night.
Donations were taken for the families affected by the bus wreck in Lake Butler last week, and a portion of the gate also went to the relief fund. There was a moment of silence was before the game for the victims.
Wise said he felt he had a duty to act when he heard the tragic news.
"When I saw the pictures of the kids in the paper, it just pulled at my heart something awful," Wise said. "Having two children of my own, I felt compelled to do something."
Wise talked to Griseck shortly after the tragedy occurred with his idea of helping the families, and Griseck was onboard from the start.
"It puts things in perspective," Griseck said. "We're just playing a basketball game. What those people experienced is real life."
Wise said he hoped to raise a minimum of $1,000, and also hoped that other schools would pitch in to help.
"What I'm really hoping to know is that other people will do the same thing," Wise said. "I already talked to (Buchholz coach) Bob (Horodyski). We play Buchholz on Friday night. Hopefully they'll do the something."
Wise and Griseck said they were both happy that they could use the sport they love to help people in dire straits.
"To be able to use (basketball) to help other people, it's definitely special," Griseck said.
Said Wise: "I think there are different reasons that I was led to coach basketball. Maybe this is one of them. I firmly believe in giving back to others, especially in a time of need.
"There's always somebody worse off than you are."
Tuesday night was the last home game of the season for Gainesville, and the Hurricanes honored their lone senior, center Mike Weseman, before the game. Weseman, a three-year varsity letterman, finished his last home game with eight points, all of which came in the second half.
Gainesville (8-16) actually led 13-10 after the first quarter. But P.K. Yonge (21-3) stepped up the defensive pressure in the second quarter, and a seemingly endless flow of Gainesville turnovers gave the Blue Wave a 15-point lead at the half.
The Hurricanes went on a 15-4 run that spanned over six minutes to trim the lead to four points with a minute left to play, but couldn't get any closer.
In the junior varsity game, there was a scare with 1:05 left in the first overtime period. P.K. Yonge's William Hampton made a layup, and fell to the ground after some contact. He was on the court for at least 10 minutes and able to move his arms, but he never got off the court on his own. Paramedics immobilized his head and neck and took him off the court on a stretcher. Hampton's father, who works in medicine, said that he was taken to Shands as a precautionary measure and believed he was suffering from neck spasms.

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