P.K. Yonge boys hoops outlasts Buchholz

Published: Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 12:10 a.m.

P.K Yonge head coach Carlos Villalobos likened the city rivalry matchup between his Blue Wave and Buchholz to today’s AFC championship game featuring the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Its physical and it’s ugly,” said Villalobos. “It’s going to be a slugfest when we get together and there will be turnovers and usually whoever gets the last stop wins.”

It was the Blue Wave who got the last stop and the big shots Saturday night, edging the Bobcats 55-52 after trailing by as many as 11 points in the third quarter.

Buchholz (11-7, 5-0) began to seemingly separate themselves in a tight contest midway through the second quarter when the inside duo of Johnathan Williams and Cortreal Scott (10 points) controlled the paint and the boards.

Buchholz went into the half up 31-25 and with all the momentum. Out of the locker room in the second half, the trend continued with Williams (11 points) slamming home two dunks off of offensive rebounds, the second of which put the Bobcats up 39-28.

P.K Yonge (9-6, 6-1) then went on a 12-3 run that was highlighted by two 3-pointers by junior Tyler Courson, the latter bringing the score to 42-40 Buchholz entering the fourth.

“I told the guys at the half to relax and play our style,” said Villalobos. “We picked up the intensity on defense and let the game come to us and control the tempo, and we were able to hit some big shots.”

Autis Gibson (six points) drained a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Blue Wave up 44-42 early in the fourth and then hit another with about four minutes to go for a seven point lead that P.K would not give up.

“We got selfish,” said Buchholz coach Bob Horodyski, “When we got that lead we got selfish and that stretch of offense was not we needed it to be.”

P.K Yonge was led by senior Josh Snodgrass’ 17 points and also got 15 from Carl Brown.

“That’s how we play,” said Courson, who had 11 points and was 3-4 from beyond the arc. “We came through in the end.”

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