Red Devils top Blue Wave in Bobcat Shootout


Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 12:09 a.m.

Williston senior forward Isaac Floyd was endangered of fouling out. Or was he?

Floyd was told by the officials that his third-quarter foul, which was called against him on a layup attempt by P.K. Yonge’s Carl Brown, was his fourth.

Williston head coach Steve Faulkner along with the Red Devil faithful crowd argued, saying Floyd had committed only two fouls. Amid all the confusion, Faulkner was forced to sit Floyd, who is the Red Devil’s leading rebounder with 4.9 per game. But Williston proved its depth and pulled away with a 61-50 victory over P.K. Yonge at the Bobcat Shootout held at Buchholz High School.

“I thought at first that sitting him was going to be detrimental to us, but I was wrong,” Faulkner said. “I have guys like Tony James who stepped in and did a fantastic job.”

After going into halftime with only a 19-18 edge, Williston (18-4) came out full throttle with an 8-0 run in the third quarter led by two baskets by Floyd. Junior guard James Monroe contributed a huge 3-pointer during that run as well.

Williston out-scored P.K. Yonge 26-25 down the stretch in the fourth quarter, but it was the breakaway attack of guards Deonte Welch and Paul King in the third quarter, one in which they out-scored the Blue Wave 16-7.

“The thing about the Williston team is that they have a bunch of guys that can equally contribute when it comes to scoring,” P.K. Yonge coach Carlos Villalobos said.

Villalobos gives a lot of credit to the Red Devils’ bench as well.

“Floyd is a guy that is strong up there on the rim and goes hard to the ball,” Villalobos said. “Their bench didn’t let us take advantage of not having him out there.”

Floyd led Williston with 20 points, Welch had 12 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and five steals, and Jacques Edwards contributed eight points for Williston. James finished with four points and was tough in the paint on defense.

Brown led P.K. Yonge (14-6) with 20 points, Devin Wilson had 15 and Tyler Courson made three 3-point baskets for nine points for the Blue Wave.

Orlando Olympia 50, Gainesville 29: Olympia head coach Mark Griseck was able to enjoy his trip back to Gainesville even more. The former P.K. Yonge coach led his team to a win over a tough GHS squad in a surprisingly lopsided victory which matched up the 2009 Class 5A state champion in GHS against the 2009 6A runner up.

Marques Grant scored 12 points and T.J. Johnson had 11 as Orlando Olympia (7-10) defeated the ’Canes interior game, resulting mainly from the absence of 6-foot-6 swingman and Ohio signee T.J. Hall.

Hall, who had a career-high 38 points, shooting 12-of-16 from the floor to go with seven rebounds in the Hurricanes’ 76-68 win over Wolfson on Friday, wasn’t a factor for the ’Canes (16-4) against the Titans. He finished the night with only one rebound and no points on the stat sheet.

“He was just having an off night, there is nothing else to say about it,” GHS head coach Kelly Beckham said. “We didn’t look good, and we got beat by a pretty good 6A school as the consequence.”

Gainesville’s top scorer was senior guard Matt Jackson with eight points as the ’Canes were unable to overcome a 23-11 halftime deficit.

“It is always fun to come back to Gainesville and see some people I haven’t seen in a while, and it is nice to come out here and end up with a win,” Griseck said.

Naples Golden Gate 58, Mount Dora 51: Golden Gate edged Mount Dora in the Bobcat Shootout’s Saturday opener. Junior Jarvis Davis had 18 points and senior Burt Boileau had 15 for the Titans (13-2). Anthony Harvey had 15 points and Rafael Rivero had 14 for the Hurricanes of Mount Dora (9-5).

Coaches roundtable: P.K. Yonge head coach Carlos Villalobos was an assistant coach under Mark Griseck and Williston’s Steve Faulkner was an assistant last year under Kelly Beckham at GHS.

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