Snodgrass, Wave too much for IMG

P.K. Yonge's Autis Gibson drives the ball down court against the IMG Academy Panthers on Saturday night at the Buchholz gym.

BRAD McCLENNY/Special to The Sun
Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Kenny Kadji’s day started off great, it’s the ending that he’d like a do-over on.

After the Gator commitment watched his future team defeat Auburn at the O’Connell Center Saturday, the 6-foot-10 Kadji and his IMG Academy team lost to P.K. Yonge 69-53 at the Bobcat Shootout.

Kadji played only 18 minutes because of a twisted knee suffered while diving for a loose ball in the first quarter. He managed only six points, four rebounds and a block for the Panthers (9-9) in front of one of his future coaches, Gator assistant Larry Shyatt.

“We didn’t play hard enough,” said Kadji, who said he felt better after the game. “We have to understand that when you’re playing for IMG, you have to play hard every day because other teams are really trying to beat you. We didn’t come ready.”

Despite three players measuring 6-10, the Panthers could not find an answer for the Blue Wave’s Josh Snodgrass, who scored the first six P.K. Yonge points en route to 29 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

The Blue Wave (13-4) fell behind early, but stormed back to take the lead midway through the first quarter. The team took a 6-4 advantage — one of five first-half lead changes — and held it until a Justin Duvaney 3-point shot for IMG at the buzzer tied the score at 17 to end the first.

The Panthers retook the lead at 21-19 early in the second, but not for long. Both teams went back and forth, with neither holding more than a five-point lead in the half. P.K. Yonge finished the quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 34-30 halftime lead.

Snodgrass and Walade Wade (14 rebounds) powered the Blue Wave, which never trailed in the second half. A pair of 3-pointers were all that the Panthers could muster in the first six minutes of the third quarter, as P.K. Yonge reeled off nine straight points to blow the game open with a 51-42 lead heading into the final quarter.

Kadji recorded a pair of buckets early in the fourth, but spent the last 3:55 of the game icing his knee.

Meanwhile, Snodgrass remained on the court icing the game. A leaping rebound, followed by a put-back shot and free throw, extended the P.K. Yonge lead to 15.

That number would balloon to a game-high 18 points in the closing minute.

“It’s probably the most unselfish we’ve been all year,” said P.K. Yonge coach Carlos Villalobos, whose team was led in assists by Devin Wilson (five) and Autis Gibson (four). “We made the extra pass and played good team defense. I’m proud of their effort for the whole night.”

BUCHHOLZ 68, NAPLES GOLDEN GATE 49: The host Bobcats, who suffered a four-point overtime-loss to IMG Academy on Friday in the nightcap of the opening day of the event, started the second day's action on the right foot.

Josh Boyd led Buchholz (8-9) with 16 points, while Jonathan Dennison followed with 14 points. Frank Gainey added 11 points for the Bobcats, who led the contest 32-23 at halftime.

The home team was ahead for the entire second half and carried a 46-39 advantage into the fourth quarter before putting the game away. With 6:24 left, Anthony Mains' layup pulled the Titans (3-13) to within 52-43. But Boyd answered for the Bobcats by hitting two straight 3-pointers that ignited a 13-2 run that gave Buchholz a 65-45 cushion with 2:58 remaining.

"I kind of of told our assistants it was going to be a grind game because of last night and the short turnaround time," said Buchholz coach Bob Horodyski. "I didn't expect to be sharp and I knew we were going to have to play through it. I thought our effort was there."

Golden Gate's Yusel Cardentey led all scorers with 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

SANTA FE 68, OCALA WEST PORT 56: After suffering a tough one-point district loss at Glen St. Mary Baker County on Friday night, Santa Fe coach Elliot Harris was happy to see his club fight back in the second game of Saturday's action.

Santa Fe's Stephon Lott buried five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 19 points to go along with eight rebounds. Greg Milliken scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers as the Raiders (13-6) held a 36-26 edge at halftime.

The Raiders never trailed after 2-0 and opened the third period with a 12-1 run to enjoy their biggest lead of the game, 48-27 at the 3:06 mark. However, Marquis Scott scored eight of his 12 points on the night during the Wolf Pack's 14-0 run which sliced Santa Fe's lead to 48-41 with 1:13 left in the period. But Steven Shipwash hit a jump shot in the lane before Lott canned a 3-pointer from the right wing with 11 seconds left to give the Raiders a 53-41 edge after 24 minutes of play.

Santa Fe maintained a double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter.

"In the third quarter I put some reserves in and it kind of let them (West Port) get back in it," Harris said. "I told them (the team) basically to keep your composure, bad things started to happen and we needed to maintain our focus and our composure and just fight through the adversity and I thought we did a good job of that."

Jason Pimental had 16 points and seven rebounds for West Port (10-5).

"We responded tonight and we did a god job of fighting back," Harris said.

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