P.K. Yonge completes sweep of Buchholz with 67-59 win
Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
Myk Brown scored 20 points and Willie Powers added 18 as P.K. Yonge completed a season sweep of Buchholz with a 67-59 high school boys basketball win over the host Bobcats.
The teams traded baskets early in the first quarter, which P.K. Yonge (16-3) led 17-14, but it was Brown's three-second quarter 3-pointers that guided the Blue Wave to a 39-29 halftime lead.
"It's pretty much a mental thing," said Brown, who earned his first win against the Bobcats. "If you think they're going to go in, they're pretty much going to go in."
Buchholz (11-11) trailed by as much as 12 in the second half, but was able to trim the lead to as little as five several times in the fourth quarter. But each time, the Bobcats were not able to find an answer for senior Powers. Five times in the final period, Powers scored to extend the lead when it had been knocked down to six or less. After going scoreless in the third quarter, Powers added 10 points in the fourth to seal the outcome.
"They did a good job on defense of keeping the ball out of my hands," said Powers, who is nursing a sprained ankle that he admits is only about 60 percent healthy. "But my team did a good job of holding it down until the fourth quarter when I could get open."
The Bobcats were led by the trio of Brian Frank (17 points), Trae Mayberry (18) and Matt Wise (17 and seven rebounds), who combined to score all but seven of the Buchholz points. The Bobcats were hurt by their lack of production from the bench and were outscored 12-0 by the P.K. Yonge reserves.
The Blue Wave also out-rebounded the Bobcats 20-16, including a game-high eight from Walade Wade. Myk Brown's four steals were also a game-high.
"I felt that on the possessions when we played good, solid defense, we made them take tough shots," said P.K. Yonge coach Mark Griseck. "But give Buchholz credit, they were very tough defensively tonight, and, made it hard for us to execute some things."
P.K. Yonge will try to improve its execution as the team ends the regular season next week with road games at Gainesville High and Eastside, and district home games against Chiefland and Fort White. The Bobcats will host the Hurricanes and Rams to finish out their regular season.
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