Blue Wave boys roll Bobcats
Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 12:14 a.m.
Joe Adel had quite a night for host Buchholz against P.K. Yonge on Wednesday night.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the senior forward didn't have a lot of support.
Adel scored 30 points, but the Blue Wave countered with three players in double figures, led by Ron Foxx's 20 points and 17 rebounds in leading P.K. Yonge to a 59-48 win at Bud Seymour Gymnasium.
“I told them to go out and stay aggressive and we did that,” said Blue Wave coach Carlos Villalobos. “Ron had a good second half, and we have to keep him playing aggressive out there. Joe Adel had a great night for Buchholz. He hit a lot of shots and attacked the rim. But we hung in there and didn't lose our composure.”
Adel's free throw to open the game was the only lead the Bobcats had all night as the Blue Wave seized control early and never let go.
Devin Wilson and Carl Brown added 14 and 10 points, respectively, for P.K. Yonge, which improved to 12-3 on the season.
Longtime Bobcats coach Bob Horodyski was very critical of his team's efforts.
“We haven't won a city game here in two years,” Horodyski said. “I have never been more disappointed in a Buchholz team as I was tonight. We have a bunch of kids that played soft and played scared.”
A 3-pointer by Wilson gave P.K. Yonge a 13-5 lead late in the first period. The Bobcats (9-3) answered with a 3-pointer from Chad Milliken and layup by Kenneth Harper to pull within 13-10 at the end of the period.
The Blue Wave stretched their edge to 10 points at the half, 27-17, as Foxx scored three straight baskets to close the quarter. Adel scored all seven of Buchholz's points in the period and made 5-of-6 free throws.
Tyler Hagin's basket gave P.K. Yonge its largest lead of the night at 34-19 early in the third period. But behind Adel, who converted on two of three three-point plays, the Bobcats clawed back. Zach Schmidt's lone basket of the night pulled Buchholz to within six, 42-36, late in the third. But Wilson hit his third 3-pointer and Brown added a pair of free throws as P.K. pushed the lead to nine, 47-39, heading into the final period.
The Bobcats went on a 5-0 run early in the fourth to pull within seven, 48-41, but P.K. answered with its own 5-0 run to put the game out of reach at 53-41.
“Our defense was OK in the second half, but we struggled offensively,” Horodyski said. “At the end of the day, we had some kids that just weren't ready to play. Give P.K. a lot of credit, they are a very good team. They came in here knowing they were going to win. We came in hoping we could win.”
The Blue Wave return to action Saturday at the Dante Anderson Memorial Invitational at Eastside. P.K. will face Class 6A Homestead at 5 p.m. Buchholz goes on the road to face District 4-5A Wolfson in Jacksonville on Saturday night.
“We just got a couple of starters back from Christmas break, and we are starting to jell better,” Villalobos said. “You really want to jell well in late January and February. That is when you want to play your best, and we look to get there but we need to continue to improve.”
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