Blue Wave boys basketball remains perfect in district
Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 12:14 a.m.
Coming into Tuesday night, both P.K. Yonge and St. Francis boys basketball teams were atop the Class 2A-District 5 standings, both unbeaten and untested.
But the defending district champion Blue Wave got defensive about which team would be the one to beat come tournament time. And senior guard Devin Wilson led the way.
Wilson scored a game-high 28 points, hitting on five 3-pointers, in leading P.K. Yonge to a convincing 61-46 win over the Wolves.
The win improved the Blue Wave to 14-3 overall and 7-0 in the district, with a road date at Hawthorne on Thursday in its district finale.
“St. Francis is one of the top teams in our district, so to win here is really big for us,” said P.K. Yonge coach Carlos Villalobos. “We were giving up way too many second-chance shots in the first half, but played much better defense in the second half. We gave up only 18 points in the second half, and cut down on their offensive rebounds.”
The Blue Wave never trailed in this game, getting off to a 6-0 start, but clinged to leads of 14-12 after the first period, and 31-28 at the half.
“I was pleased with the way we played in the first half,” said St. Francis first-year coach Jack Butler, whose team dropped to 10-5 overall and 5-1 in the district. “But you have to give credit to P.K. Yonge. They are a very talented team that is big and physical. They kind of wore us down in the second half.”
Carl Brown and Ron Foxx led a 7-0 spurt to open the third period as P.K. Yonge began taking command, opening a 38-28 lead.
The Wolves trimmed the margin to seven, 43-36, heading into the fourth. But that would be as close as they would get.
A steal and lay-in by Wilson widened the Blue Wave’s lead to 17 (56-39) midway through the final period.
“They are definitely the team to beat in this district,” Butler said. “They have some outstanding players.”
Wilson was the only player in double figures in scoring for P.K. Yonge. Foxx had 14 rebounds, along with seven points.
Senior guard Anthony Parker was the only double-figure scorer for St. Francis with 16 points.
Villalobos, who led the Blue Wave to the Class 3A state final in 2008, knows the schedule only gets tougher after the district slate, with home games against Williston, Eastside, Buchholz and Santa Fe coming up, and a road test at Gainesville on Feb. 1.
“Every time we step on the court, I am looking for us to improve,” Villalobos said.