Wave led to victory over Bobcats by Wilson, Courson
Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 12:10 a.m.
Devin Wilson had 20 points and Tyler Courson had 19, including four 3-pointers, as the P.K. Yonge Blue Wave defeated visiting Buchholz, 59-50, in a non-district battle of city rivals Tuesday night.
The Blue Wave (8-5), ranked No. 8 in class 2A, led by 10 at the half, 29-19, and looked to have things well in hand as they headed to the fourth period up 44-31. But the Class-5A Bobcats (6-9) refused to fold and fought back with a strong fourth-quarter effort, getting to within five points on two different occasions in the final stanza, the last at 51-46 on a running one-hander in the lane by guard Kenny Harper with 1:48 left to play.
The Blue Wave, however, were able to put the game away at the foul line to post the victory, connecting on 6-of-7 from the charity stripe down the stretch.
“I thought the first half we played pretty good defensively, only giving up 19 points to a team like Buchholz who can shoot the basketball well and run a disciplined offense,” P.K. Yonge head coach Carlos Villalobos said. “I thought in the second half we had some lapses defensively and lost some momentum, but I thought overall we had a pretty good effort.”
Buchholz head coach Bob Horodyski was proud of the comeback effort, but not too thrilled with the fact the Bobcats dug themselves an early hole.
“We lacked intensity in the first half, and their ... man-to-man bothered us,” he said. “We couldn’t find the seams into it. In the second half, we finally got it figured out and attacked it with our size, but it was just too little, too late.”
Each team placed three players in double figures, with Carl Brown (11 points) joining Wilson and Courson in double digits for the Wave.
Center Joe Adel, who had three 3-pointers, led the Bobcats in scoring with 16 points, with forward Xavier Braham scoring 14 before fouling out with 2:53 remaining in the game. Harper added 12 points, but the Bobcats’ leading scorer, Jamie Calabrese, was held to six points on two 3-pointers.
“Obviously this being a city game, they’ve scouted us a lot of times and they know he’s been shooting the ball really well, so they made it hard for him to get shots,” Horodyski noted.
“When he did get open, he did make the shot, and that’s a credit to him. He didn’t force his offense and just took what was available, and that’s the sign of a good team player.”
Villalobos noted that Wilson’s strong performance has become the norm of late.
“He’s been playing really well over the past couple of weeks,” he said of his point guard, who consistenly gave the Bobcats problems with his quickness. “His confidence is probably through the roof right now, but I expect that out of him. This is his third year starting on varsity and he’s been to the Final Four, he’s been to the state final, so he’s a confident kid and pressure doesn’t get to him.”
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