Blue Wave boys hoops earns win over Raiders

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:57 p.m.

ALACHUA — Coming into Tuesday’s non-district contest against P.K. Yonge, Santa Fe had a strong home record, going 5-2, while also boasting a 4-1 record in district play. The Blue Wave had a 2-1 away record, while winning their two district games.

P.K. Yonge’s ability to win on the road would help them, as they defeated the Raiders 59-45.

The first quarter saw the two schools shoot eleven shots each, and despite two consecutive 3-pointers from the Raiders’ Swandrick Miller, P.K. Yonge went 5-for-11, leading 15-11 going into the second quarter.

The Blue Wave would continue to shoot a higher percentage in the second quarter, going 6-for-14, including nine points from Tyler Courson, who finished the game with 17 points. With 4:44 left in the first half, P.K. Yonge expanded its lead to nine after Omali Tyson slammed home two points. The lack of post help hindered Santa Fe, which was playing without its second-leading scorer Ashton Lee, who was suspended for the game.

Despite P.K. Yonge increasing the lead, Santa Fe battled back throughout the game.

After a charge was called on Raiders’ C.J. Wakeley, the point guard responded by attacking the lane on the next possession, scoring a basket that would put Santa Fe within two.

Coming out of the half, the Blue Wave were up 30-25, and would struggle in the beginning of the third quarter, missing six consecutive shots after a Devin Wilson 3-pointer.

Santa Fe would be able to keep the score close going to the fourth, but Wilson’s ability to make six free throws in the final quarter would prove to be vital in P.K. Yonge’s victory.

Despite the loss, Raiders coach Elliot Harris said he was pleased with the way his team played.

“I tip my hat off to P.K. Yonge, but we’re better than what we showed,” he said.

For Blue Wave coach Carlos Villalobos, the ability to control the boards was important in the team’s victory.

“We just talked about controlling the glass,” Villalobos said.

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