P.K. boys muscle by GHS, 60-51
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 12:09 a.m.
On Tuesday night at P.K. Yonge, prior to their game with Gainesville High School, the Blue Wave honored seniors Wally Wade, John Ellis, Will Hampton and Leeland Carter.
Underclassmen Josh Snodgrass, Carl Brown and Autis Gibson weren't about to let those four leave with a loss.
Playing what both coaches agreed was a more physical game, P.K. Yonge defeated the Hurricanes 60-51 in a contest the Blue Wave led most of the way.
"We're just not tough enough, and that's the bottom line," said GHS coach Tony Wise, who called a 10 p.m. practice following the game. "They came out and punched us in the mouth and we didn't answer."
Blue Wave coach Carlos Villalobos said the game plan came about through scouting.
"We watched them play Eastside a couple of weeks ago, and Eastside was very physical with them," said Villalobos, whose team improved to 19-5. "So we tried to muscle them and take them out of their comfort zone."
Snodgrass, a junior swingman, led all scorers with 20 points. Thirteen of those came in the first half, after P.K. Yonge turned an early 6-5 deficit into a 30-17 lead at the break.
He was complemented by Brown, a 6-foot freshman whose boundless energy helped produce nine points, five steals and five rebounds, despite often defending and being defended by players at least six inches taller than him.
"He's our sixth man, (Manu) Ginobili kind of player," Villalobos said. "He plays very physically, and big 6-8, 6-7 guys don't like to play against Carl."
And after scoring just a free throw in the first half, Gibson finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. The junior guard scored seven of his team's final 12 points in the last 2:36 of the game.
Providing much of the toughness each coach talked about was the 6-6 Wade, who scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds before fouling out with 29.8 seconds remaining.
Villalobos said he was proud of the way his team answered GHS scoring spurts that cut a third-quarter 13-point advantage to 31-28 and a 16-point lead in the fourth to 48-44.
"We knew at halftime they'd come with a run," Villalobos said. "They made theirs and then we made ours.
"That (12-2) one we made to close the third was huge."
Wise's Hurricanes (16-8) were coming off a confidence-building trip to Kentucky that saw them go 2-1 and finish third in last weekend's prestigious Toyota Classic.
However, those good feelings might have been dulled a bit with the loss to P.K. Yonge.
"I'm just trying to find five guys who will play hard," said Wise, whose team was led by junior guard Greg Gantt's 17 points. "That's all we ask.
"It's a bad sign when the toughest kid on your roster is a ninth-grader (guard Quan Gainey) who was on JV three weeks ago. That says something about him, but not a whole lot about everybody else."
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